"In less than two months Wendy Long has demonstrated she presents a very formidable challenge to the very liberal Gillibrand. Mrs. Long a first time candidate is a natural campaigner. She has visited Republicans and Conservatives throughout New York State and she has won support without any help from Republican State headquarters. This notoriously hapless organization seems intent on challenging Long’s candidacy. While she won 47% of the vote at the Republican convention the powers that be threw 25% of the vote to Congressman Bob Turner a very late entry. This has created a primary which includes a third candidate George Maragos.
"Ideologically, Long is the most conservative. She worked for Senators Gordon Humphrey and Bill Armstrong and she clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas. She is a leading conservative legal authority who has volunteered to recruit strict constructionist judges to the Federal judiciary. She is a stalwart of the Federalist Society.
"Turner who entered the race when it became clear that he could not win his congressional seat openly admits Long is an attractive and conservative candidate but insists on running. This has created some angst among conservatives and Republicans who supported him in his upset victory in the Special Election for Anthony Weiner’s seat. This became evident when he received a mere 4% of the vote at the Conservative Party convention. Some conservatives have counseled Turner to end his campaign because all he is doing is distracting attention away from Gillibrand. If he persists his image as a conservative will suffer. Turner is a critic of the Ryan budget and he voted to ban the sale of guns across state lines.
"But neither the Turner or the Maragos challenges are likely to stop the Long campaign. She is a fresh face and has a natural talent to articulate her conservative principles with a smile and a non-threatening manner."
It is unfortunate, but at least somewhat understandable, that even after Long won the Conservative line, Turner and Maragos are reluctant to waive their right to participate in a Republican Party primary, but the fact is that Long will be on the Conservative line on Election Day 2012 and no Republican has won statewide in New York without the Conservative line since Senator Javits was re-elected in 1974 (and Javits also ran on the Liberal line), so their continued candidacies are futile.
What is surprising is the conservative talk show host Sean Hannity is not yet championing Long.
In 2010 Hannity enthusiastically backed conservative Republican Christine O'Donnell for a United States Senate seat in Delaware, first against veteran Republican Congressman (and former governor and Lieutenant Governor) Mike Castle in the Republican primary and then against Democrat Chris Coons in the general election.
Hannity surely can be helpful to candidates if he wants to be, especially highly qualified candidates, and he should be.
In 2010, Karl Rove contemplated the possibility of an O'Donnell election and opined that much of the credit would be Hannity's.
Rove told Hannity on his tv show: "If she wins, the moment that she began to win was the moment she appeared on your television program and you asked her the tough questions.... So if she wins, she’s going to have to come back and thank you profusely for having gotten her on the right course."
Hannity did not dispute Rove's analysis.
The main problem with O'Donnell was that she lacked the education, experience and expertise that a United States Senator should have.
Long is highly educated, importantly experienced and legally expert and doesn't have the personal problems that dogged O'Donnell.
In addition, Long is female and thus the best answer to the Democrats' phony "War Against Women" charge.
Hannity's unfortunate Christine O'Donnell experience should not dissuade him from promoting the election of a highly qualified female Republican-Conservative to the United States Senate from New York.
Hannity is a registered member of the New York Conservative Party and should be especially interested in replacing Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, now best noted for earning the same distinction that then Senator Obama did before he was elected President--National Journal's most liberal United States Senator designation. (Note: Each of them beat out the Senate's avowed Socialist, Bernie Sanders of Vermont.)
Hannity surely should appreciate that Long's election would have national significance and be on the lookout for an opportunity to help a highly qualified Republican-Conservative woman.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.