DYLAN RATIGAN: FROM CABLE TO CONGRESS?

March 06, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Former MSNBC news anchor Dylan Ratigan was once one of cable news’ most outspoken stars. He left the network and TV business behind in 2012 and is now he is running for Congress in New York’s 21st congressional district. His declaration for candidacy has upset more than a few. Find out why.

Aired on March 6, 2018. 

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>>> HI, I'M "METROFOCUS"
CONTRIBUTE FOR MATT RYAN, HOSTS
OF NEW YORK NOW.
MY REPORTING TAKES TO US THE
METROPOLITAN AREA TO NEW YORK'S
COUNTRY.
ONE OF THE CANDIDATES COME WITH
A FAMILIAR FACE AND NAME.
YOU MAY REMEMBER DYLAN RATIGAN
AS AN ANCHOR ON CABLE NEWS, SOME
OF HIS EPIC RANTS CONTINUE TO
REMAIN ONLINE.
>> THIS IS A MATHEMATICAL FACT.
TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE
BEING EXTRACTED FROM THE UNITED
STATES OF.
>> FOR A WHILE HIS SHOW ON MSNBC
WAS THE HIGHEST RATED NONPRIME
TIME SHOW ON THE NETWORK, BUT
AFTER STINTS ON MSNBC AND CNBC,
HE STEPPED AWAY.
>> IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME
DYLAN RATIGAN TO YOU, TO SPEAK
ABOUT HIS VISION FOR OUR
NATION'S DEMOCRACY.
>> NOW HE'S STEPPING INTO THE
THICK OF NORTH COUNTRY POLITICS.
>> HI.
>> HE OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF HIS
RUN FOR CONGRESS IN NEW YORK 21,
A ALL-STARRING DISTRICT THAT
RUNS FROM THE EASTERN SHORES OF
LAKE MICHIGAN TO LAKE CHAMPLAIN
ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE CAPITAL
DISTRICT.
THE 35-YEAR-OLD TOLD A FAMILIAR
STORY THAT LIKE MANY, HE HAD TO
PURSUE HIS INTERESTS OUTSIDE THE
ADIRONDACK PARK.
>> I'M LIKE THOUSANDS OF
CHILDREN WHO GREW UP IN THIS
BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL PART OF THE
WORLD WHO ARE FORCED, IF WE WANT
TO PURSUE OUR DREAMS, TO LEAVE.
AND IT CREATES STRESS AND AN KPI
IN F
ANXIETY IN FAMILIES AND COSTS
AND ALL OF THESE OTHER THINGS.
WHY IS THAT?
THE RESOURCES AREN'T COMING IN.
>> HE SAYS BECAUSE HE WAS ON TV
FOR AS LONG AS HE WAS, HE'S SORT
OF AN OPEN BOOK.
HE ALSO DROPPED WHAT HE CALLS A
COUPLE OF BOMBS, ONE, HE
EXPERIMENTED WITH DRUGS IN THE
PAST.
AND TWO --
>> AND YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT
ELSE?
I HAVE NEVER VOTED IN MY LIFE.
>> WHOOO!
>> CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?
>> NO!
>> CAN I TELL YOU WHAT I
THOUGHT?
>> WHAT?
>> I THOUGHT THAT THE TWO
CHOICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO ME
DON'T REFLECT THE POTENTIAL
LEADeL
LEADERSHIP IN THIS COUNTRY AND
IT DISGUSTS ME.
>> AFTER HE LEFT THE TV
BUSINESS, HE STARTED A HIDE
DO
DROE -- HOW DOES HE ADDRESS
CHARGES OF CARPET BAGGING?
>> WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS THAT
YOUR ENTIRE ADULT LIFE, AS A
CIVICALLY INCLINED AMERICAN, YOU
NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY TO GET YOURSELF
REGISTERED --
>> I'VE BEEN REGISTERED.
>> SO WHY THE HECK DIDN'T YOU GO
CAST A BALLOT?
>> BECAUSE I WAS DISGUSTED BY
THE CHOICES AVAILABLE TO ME, I
DIDN'T FEEL IT REPRESENTED MY
INTERESTS AND I WAS WRONG.
>> WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU
REALLY LIVED HERE?
>> I MOVED BACK TO LAKE PLACID
IN 2012, I HAVE BEEN TRAVELING
ABOUT 200 DAYS A YEAR, BUT I
HAVE BEEN REALLY LIVING HERE,
WHERE IS MY BEDROOM--IF YOU LOOK
AT THE PERCENTAGE OF TIME, THE
PLACE THAT IS MY HOME WHEN I'M
NOT TRAVELING HAS BEEN LAKE L
PLACID SINCE 2012.
>> THE NATIONAL CONGRESSIONAL
COMMITTEE WEIGHED IN.
>> IT'S ONLY FITTING THAT DYLAN
RATIGAN WOULD MOVE FROM NEW YORK
CITY, THE FIRST VOTE HE CASTS
WILL BE FOR HIMSELF.
HE'S A LITERAL TALKING HEAD WITH
NO VOTING HISTORY AND NOW HE'S
RUNNING FOR CONGRESS IN A
DESPERATE BID FOR RELEVANCE.
>> OH, THAT'S AWESOME.
READ IT AGAIN.
READ IT AGAIN.
OR FORM A QUESTION, THERE'S GOT
TO BE A QUESTION, IS IT A
DISPARATE GRAB, LIBERAL TALKING
HEAD -- LOOK, GOOGLE MY NAME,
YOU'LL PROBABLY SEE THAT I WAS
MOST AGGRESSIVE IN CRITICIZING
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND HOW
THEY DEALT WITH HEALTH CARE AND
FOR THAT MATTER HOW THEY DEALT
WITH THE BANK CRISIS.
IF YOU LOOK AT THE RANT, IT WAS
HARDLY A LIBERAL TALKING HEAD OR
BIAS.
LIBERAL TALKING HEAD SEEMS TO BE
A CODE WORD FOR RECKLESS AND
STUPID WITH MONEY.
I RAN CORPORATE FINANCE FOR
BLOOMBERG, I CREATED WHAT IS TO
THIS DAY ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR
PROGRAMS ON MONEY ON CNBC, I
PROBABLY KNOW MORE ABOUT MONEY
AND POLICY THAN MOST OF THE
SITTING REPUBLICANS, LET ALONE
THE DEMOCRATS.
>> WE CAUGHT UP WITH TWO OF THE
OTHER SEVEN PRIMARY CHALLENGERS
WHO HAVE BEEN IN THIS RACE FOR
MONTHS.
EMILY MARKS PUT OUT A STATEMENT
THE DAY BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT
SAYING THIS DISTRICT HAS HAD
ENOUGH OF WEALTHY SELF-SERVING
INDIVIDUALS USING THE NORTH
COUNTRY TO GET WEALTH AND NOTE
RYITY.
>> THERE IS A CALL ACROSS THIS
DISTRICT AND THERE IS A CALL
ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR MORE
WOMEN TO STEP INTO LEADERSHIP
ROLES, FOR MORE REPUTATION FOR
MINORITY COMMUNITIES, FOR MORE
RURAL COMMUNITIES.
>> I THINK IT'S HILARIOUS, YOU
KNOW, WE HAVE GOT -- I KEEP
HEARING HIM CALL IT THE GREAT
WHITE HOPE.
WE HAVE TRIED THIS BEFORE,
RIGHT?
WE HAVE HAD SOMEONE WITH A BUNCH
OF MONEY, WHO HASN'T LIVED HERE
IN 20 YEARS TRY TO COME BACK AND
WIN THIS RACE, AND IT HASN'T
WORKED.
SO AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, THE
MORE THE MERRIER AT THIS POINT,
LET'S MAKE A BIG SPLASH AND HAVE
EVERYBODY LOOKING AT THIS CASE,
AND HOPEFULLY HE DOESN'T WIN THE
PRIMARY.
>> AT THE END OF THE DAY I'M NOT
RUNNING FOR THE PARTY, I'M
RUNNING FOR THE DISTRICT AND THE
LEADERSHIP IN AMERICA TO BECOME
MORE SERIOUS AND I'M ASKING YOU
TO LET ME HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY
TO MAKE MY CASE AS TO HOW I CAN
PROVIDE A LEVEL OF -- UNLIKE OUR
CURRENT REPRESENTATION AND AN
OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE
LEADERSHIP IN THIS COUNTRY, AS A
REPRESENTATIVE IN THIS DISTRICT,
ON A LEVEL THAT IS UNLIKE ANY
OTHER PERSON IN THIS RACE OR THE
CURRENT REPRESENTATION.
>> NEW YORK 21 HAS BEEN HELD BY
REPUBLICAN CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE
STEFANIK SINCE 2014, IT WAS
CONSIDERED A PRETTY SAFE SEAT
FOR THE GOP.
BUT THE ENTRANCE OF DYLAN
RATIGAN MIGHT CHANGE THAT.
IN ALBANY, FOR "METROFOCUS," I'M
MATT RYAN.