Eric Schneiderman is a Progressive, an Activist and a Feminist

by: debcoop

Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 19:00


David Sirota wrote a great piece about Eric Schneiderman a few weeks ago. David talks about all the different progressive issues that Eric has become involved in - organized for and made happen.  Below is a more close up view, mine, that tells you a lot about what kind of Attorney General Eric will be.  And he is on the verge of winning this primary with the help of progressives like all of you who read this blog.

I have known Eric Schneiderman a long time.

Eric started out as my State Senator. When he was elected in 1998, Dr Slepian, who worked at the Buffalo Women's Clinic, was murdered in his own kitchen in front of his children by an anti-choice fanatic.  The NY State Clinic Access bill had already been in legislative limbo  for nearly 5 years. Governor George Pataki kept saying if the Clinic Access bill got to his desk he would sign it, knowing full well that the Republican State Senate would keep it 1000 miles from his desk.

That year though, Eric got elected to a State Senate.  Against both the Republican Senate majority leader's dictates and sad to say, the recalcitrant  foot dragging in his own party's conference; he brought up motion after motion to get the Clinic Access bill to the floor.  He was a progressive pain in the *** :-).  But the bill passed finally,  because he was unwilling to ever give up.  And Eric continues this profile in courage, smarts and perseverance to this day.

He is no longer my State Senator because, in 2000, in order  to get rid of him, they redistricted him uptown into a predominantly Hispanic district. They were sure he would lose. Unfazed, he ran hard, learned Spanish and ably represents his new constituents who are not nearly as well off financially as his old ones.  

Eric is smart, and tough but also effective.  He knows when to challenge and when to work cooperatively.

Despite The New York Times' concern about entrenched incumbents in Albany, they have enthusiastically endorsed Eric for Attorney General because they know he is someone who has long fought both inside and outside to make the State of New York a better place for everyone, a State where justice will get the first plate at the table.  

The Times cited his "sound judgment, legal expertise, political independence, and long history of fighting for government reform."

Every single person's vote will matter on Tuesday.  Please join me in supporting Eric Schneiderman tomorrow, on Tuesday, September 14th.

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Right on (4.00 / 2)
I'm no longer voting in NYS, but if I were I would vote for Schneiderman, and urged family/friends back home to do so. He is one of us.


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He's got my vote (4.00 / 2)
Played a big role in ending the Rockerfeller drug laws. No small accomplishment.

I read Wayne Barrett's attempted takedown with interest, seeing if he could talk me out of supporting him. He couldn't.

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meh (0.00 / 0)
I don't like his involvement in the State Senate leadership crisis, anyone from the State Senate makes me queasy minus maybe Dan Squadron and Liz Kruger.

I think he has a lot of issues Donovan can use against him, though he will still probably win on Cuomo's coattails.  


Wouldn't be nice (4.00 / 2)
if progressive TV people would pay some attention to candidates like this?  Rachel Maddow's Sharon Angle Hour opened tonight with Carl Paladino. Have they ever mentioned David Segal? How about Elaine Marshall?

Thanks for posting this.

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.


Thank you (0.00 / 0)
I could be totally off-base here, but I feel like too many liberals moan and groan about how things suck, and then these critical primary races float right by them unnoticed.  Or they get sucked gaga into attention hogs like Alan Grayson or Bill Halter or Barack Obama for that matter.

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Obviously it helps to be bankrolled by billionaires (0.00 / 0)
and sitting Senators, but one thing that conservatives seem to understand is that if you wait to get involved until a few weeks before election day, it's hard to have much impact.  Also, they have been organizing to win at the state and even local level, and winning control of the party infrastructure, since the 60s.  We're trying to build something on a rotten foundation.

And as much as I will lay blame on some elites, it's hard to get people to pay attention to these races when we can have an impact. The Brunner race was beyond disappointing, but it was only the most prominent example.

By the way, New Yorkers, did you vote for Eric yet?

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.


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re: redistricting (0.00 / 0)
He is no longer my State Senator because, in 2000, in order  to get rid of him, they redistricted him uptown into a predominantly Hispanic district. They were sure he would lose. Unfazed, he ran hard, learned Spanish and ably represents his new constituents who are not nearly as well off financially as his old ones.
 

who was in charge of that redistricting?


The Republicans controlled the State Senate (4.00 / 4)
George Pataki was the Republican governor. The Republicans had controlled the State Senate for more than 70 years until the 2008 election.  During that time, each House controlled their own redistricting.  The Dems controlled the Assembly. The Republicans controlled the Senate.

It was the only way to pass redistricting.  The R's kept finagling their control of the Senate. They added a Senate district to go from 61 to 62 in 2000, otherwise the redistricitng would have meant loss of control of the Senate. Setting up the June 2008 stalemate fiasco.  Prisoners who couldn't vote, however were counted in the right wing upstate areas where they were imprisoned....like the 3/5th clause in the Constittion.

Eric finally passed a bill that stopped this practice.  Now you are counted in the area where you lived before you were imprisoned.

"Incrementalism isn't a different path to the same place, it could be a different path to a different place"
Stoller


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