ROCHESTER, NY – Randy Kuhl is anything but cool!
I’m a sucker for a good pun. The cornier, the better. That’s why I thoroughly enjoyed organizer, Jim Schwartz’s comments at our Rochester, NY press conference.
“Congressman Randy Kuhl is anything but cool!”
It may not be high-prose but it certainly describes Kuhl’s record perfectly. That is why he got a visit from the bus in front of his Fairport office this morning. Randy Kuhl voted with the president’s policies 90 percent of the time during the 109th Congress. He voted against a responsible redeployment of troops in Iraq. He opposed the 20th Century GI bill that would give Iraq and Afghanistan vets the chance to have the education he received. He even opposed healthcare for children by voting against the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The anger toward Kuhl’s compliance and support of Bush’s policies was palpable. A good crowd was gathered outside Kuhl’s office to see the bus. One local Kuhl constituent even showed me a photo of Randy Kuhl and George Bush in a limo together. He said that Kuhl was extremely proud of the photo, which is certainly no surprise considering his voting record.
We had a lot of great comments from the people in Rochester about what has happened over the last eight years. David made an incredibly insightful comment about the state of the country, “These are the darkest years our country has even endured. We’ve been attacked from abroad, but not from inside until now. Bush and his cronies have dealt a fatal blow to our Democracy.”
SYRACUSE, NY – We rolled into Syracuse for an afternoon event downtown. New York Citizen Action hosted us. One of their members, Jerry grabbed our “Come on in” sign and took to the street to get passer-bys on the bus. He did a terrific job and I wish he would come along to all of our stops!
The highlight of the stop was when several women came on the bus and talked to me about their impression of the Katrina disaster and the blatant disregard that was shown for the hurricane victims. They were strongly moved by the exhibit and had known victims that had come to Syracuse as part of a relief program. While they were still on the bus a young man stepped on and loudly exclaimed, “I support my Commander In Chief!” He ended up quietly going through all the exhibits and engaging the women by the Katrina exhibit and seeing an entirely new perspective. He thanked us for coming as he left.It was not only the Katrina exhibit that left an impression at this stop. Our exhibits on the American worker and the Iraq War tied in perfectly with Meg from Syracuse’s comments on the Bush legacy.
“In eight years, I’ve seen my wages become basically nothing compared to my cost of living. My only son is now over in Iraq fighting for our country.”