Blakeman’s Actions And Reputation Hinder Suitability As Candidate In U.S. Senate Race

America Outraged Pac urges Republicans to nominate high Integrity Candidate

Published on June 02, 2010

by Official Wire

(OfficialWire)

WASHINGTON, DC

New York Republicans are gathering at the Sheraton in Manhattan to air their differences and present a slate of electable candidates for statewide offices. Republican leaders, pollsters, and political commentators believe they have an excellent chance for gaining a majority in the Senate if they can unseat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, appointed to the position by the embattled New York Gov. David Paterson.

The candidate that can beat Gillibrand should have a proven record of legislative accomplishment and experience with the economy, but also come from outside the establishment and not owe favors to power brokers. A key issue is ethics, especially in the scandal-ridden New York political scene.

America Outraged PAC, a political action committee formed to promote accountability and responsibility in government, has uncovered information that should raise major questions about the suitability of one of the Senate candidates, Bruce Blakeman.

Formerly a Nassau County legislator and head of the Budget Review Committee, Blakeman overspent on projects and ran a hefty deficit. Not only is his record devoid of any accomplishments, his past connections with shady New York businessmen include his own father-in-law, Mike Shevell, who has been tied to the Genovese crime family. Additional information is being uncovered that relates to his position as Commissioner on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In a 2007 Village Voice story, writer Tom Robbins relates a “seamy tale of nepotism on the Brooklyn waterfront,” in which an influence peddler secures a meeting with Commissioner Bruce Blakeman for a political favor.

Earlier, Blakeman, also from his perch as Commissioner, wrote a letter to federal court urging leniency for Charles Kushner, a real estate mogul and political donor who “pleaded guilty to 18 felonies, including filing false tax returns and campaign finance reports, and retaliating against his brother-in-law, who was cooperating with federal authorities in an investigation against him. Mr. Kushner hired a prostitute to seduce the brother-in-law, then sent a secretly recorded videotape of the encounter to the man’s wife, Mr. Kushner’s sister” (Robert Hanley, New York Times, January 13, 2005). Prosecutors, who included now-Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, claimed that Charles Kushner “failed to accept full responsibility for his outrageous criminal conduct.” Blakeman bowed to pressure to assist Kushner and wrote that Kushner was full of remorse and deserved a lenient sentence.

Despite Blakeman’s letter, the sentencing judge agreed with Christie and gave Kushner the maximum two-year sentence.

According to American Outraged PAC, Blakeman’s repeated associations with criminals and influence-peddling disqualify him as a viable candidate. “When is the Republican Party going to stop contributing to scandals and unethical politics by eliminating candidates who, at best, are of questionable character and exchanging influence for favors, and at worst may be ‘on the take,” said Lynn Yowell, co-founder of America Outraged PAC.

About America Outraged PAC

The mission of America Outraged PAC is to achieve accountability and responsibility in government, by communicating the voices of U.S. citizens who:

-Demand accountability of those holding elected office, those appointed by elected officials, and those professing to be unbiased reporters of news and facts
-Demand that lawmakers read and understand the legislation they vote on
-Urgently require a limit on spending
-Oppose Congressional perks while the nation endures a severe recession
-Oppose bureaucrats making life-and-death decisions about individual citizens’ health.

Contact
America Outraged PAC
L. Yowell
outragedpeople@gmail.com
Tel: 18042050895

Al D’Amato: Retire from Politics NOW

Check out these links and videos:

Stop Al D’Amato from Stealing (“Just Say No”). video Bruce Blakeman, D’Amato’s most prominent backer for the 2010 U.S. Senate race, says D’Amato is “the most hard-working senator New York has ever seen.” He’s hard at work, alright!

Alfonse D’Amato, Poker Players Alliance chairman. video D’Amato rationalizes the need for legalizing online (“The country needs revenue.”) poker. “Keep honest things honest.”

D’Amato Role in Airport Deal is Investigated. article D’Amato succeeds in reversing a $6 – $8 million dollar award from the Port Authority and re-directing it to one of his clients.  2010 Senate candidate Bruce Blakeman was one of the Commissioners D’Amato called.

Kirsten Gillibrand spent summers as an intern for Al D’Amato. article. The New York Times presents a flowery and flattering article on the latest Senator from New York.

Gillibrand’s Dirty Tricks. Will AG Investigate? article D’Amato played a key role in Gillibrand’s ascension of power. You may want to wash your hands after reading this one.


Social Network Concept of the Gillibrand – D’Amato Influence Machine

Kirsten Gillibrand’s Network of Influence

* Convicted on two counts of mail and wire fraud.
** Partner in First Grafton Corp., source of evidence in Joe Bruno corruption trial.
*** Contributed $25,000 each, exactly one month prior to Paterson’s appointment of Gillibrand to U.S. Senate.
**** Instrumental in Gillibrand’s election to House, by reportedly leaking domestic violence report about opponent one week prior to election.

The diagram above is a social network-style representation of just a few of D’Amato’s political connections.  Nodes on the network are colored based on assumed political affiliations and sized based on the volume and distribution of the connections.   Arrows represent relationships and transactions. The diagram illustrates several network “transactions” — for example, the financial assistance Myron Shevell gave his daughter and then-son-in-law Bruce Blakeman enabled them to donate to George Pataki’s campaign chest.  Pataki, in turn, appointed Nancy Shevell Blakeman to the Metropolitan Transit Authority Board and husband Bruce to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The diagram will be updated with new information and augmented to reflect past relationships and transactions. Ultimately it will represent the former senator’s sphere of influence  over politics in New York state. Contributions have obviously spread from D’Amato to all manner of Democrats and Republicans in New York, and most likely elicited “repayment” or favors in some form or another.  D’Amato’s $250,000 funding boost to David Paterson, for example, enabled D’Amato to push the governor for Kirsten Gillibrand to take the reigns in the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.

Now it seems D’Amato is hell-bent on getting Bruce Blakeman to win the GOP primary to challenge Gillibrand, even attending his official Senate announcement. Has there been a change of heart for the man in the middle, or is it just another ploy to eliminate the strongest competition his darling Kirsten Gillibrand faces from the opposing party?

In either case, D’Amato’s influence runs deeper than many are willing to admit. Now is the time to shut down the machine.