“NEW YORK’S WINNERS & LOSERS”

Who’s up?  Who’s down?  And who has momentum in New York State going into this week?  All are in the headlines, but can you guess who made the list?  Find out!

Aired on August 13, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

WE BEGIN OUR WEEK WITH A DEEP DIVE INTO LOCAL POLITICS TO THE PUBLISHED WINNERS AND LOSERS ACROSS THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND WHO'S UP AND DOWN AND PUBLIC OPINION.

WE WELCOME JEFF COULLTON TO THE LOCAL PROBLEM.

WELCOME BACK.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO MOVED ON THE LIST.

WE HAVE TO START WITH THE OBVIOUS NAME, CONGRESSMAN COLLINS.

THAT WAS THE BIG STORY OF THE WEEK FROM THE BUFFALO AREA, WESTERN NEW YORK, INDICTED, ARRESTED, HAD TO GO INTO COURT AND MAKE AN APPEARANCE.

REALLY BAD LOOK.

HE WAS ACCUSED OF INSIDER TRADING AROUND THIS COMPANY WHERE HE HOLDS A WHOLE TON OF STOCKS.

THERAPEUTICS.

I'D LIKE TO GO INTO WHAT THEY DO BUT I'M NOT A SCIENTIST.

THEY LITERALLY SELL DISEASES TO SCIENTISTS.

IT'S VERY INTERESTING.

I THINK YOU COULD MAKE A METAPHOR ABOUT CONGRESS WITH THAT.

THE POINT IS THERE WAS A PANICKED PHONE CALL WHEN HE GOTTEN AN E-MAIL ABOUT A TRIAL FOR A DRUG FAILING, CORRECT?

YES.

THE INDICTMENT CLAIMS THAT CHRIS COLLINS KNEW THIS COMPANY STOCK WAS GOING DO GO DOWN.

HE IMMEDIATELY CALLED HIS SON AND HIS SON'S FATHER-IN-LAW AND WAS LIKE, SELL SELL SELL.

GET OUT OF HERE.

THAT'S A CRIME.

HE HAD INSIDER INFORMATION IF THIS ALLEGEDLY DID HAPPEN.

BASICALLY, HE'S A CONGRESSMAN.

HE RECENTLY DECIDED -- FIRST, HE'S LIKE, I'M GOING TO KEEP ON RUNNING, THIS IS A WITCH HUNT.

THEN, LIKE A DAY LATER HE SAID, NO, ACTUALLY I AM NOT GOING TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION.

I'M DROPPING OUT.

THIS IS BAD FOR THE PART.

I BAD FOR TRUMP'S MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN ETHOSE.

NOW, HE'S DROPPING OUT.

THE REPUBLICANS IN HIS WESTERN NEW YORK DISTRICT ARE SCRAMBLING WHAT TO DO AND FOREVER THEY CAN BRING A NEW CANDIDATE ON THE BALLOT BEFORE NOVEMBER.

SPEAKING OF WHAT BECOMES OF CONGRESSMAN COLLINS' SEAT, FIRST OF ALL THE ISSUE WHETHER HE STAYS ON THE BALLOT.

IT'S PAST PRIMARY TIME.

HE COULD STAY ON THE BALLOT.

WHEN IT COMES TO FAMILIAR NAMES THERE'S A CHANCE A REPUBLICAN WHO RAN FOR GOVERNOR, CARL PALADINO, THERE IS A CHANCE HE COULD TAKE THIS SEAT?

THAT'S RIGHT.

HE LOST THE NOMINATION IN 2010.

HE WAS ACTUALLY KICKED OFF THE ERIE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD BECAUSE OF RACIST E-MAILS AND COMMENTS HE MADE.

NOW, THIS MAN IS CONSIDERING RUNNING FOR CONGRESS FOR THAT SEAT.

HE PUT HIS NAME OUT THERE AND ALL THE COUNTY REPUBLICAN CHAIRS THAT REPRESENT THAT AREA, THEY WILL MEET TOMORROW ON TUESDAY AND DISCUSS WHAT TO DO WITH CHRIS COLLINS' SEAT.

MOVING ON FROM THAT DEBACLE, ONTO A LEGAL DEBACKLE WITH THE GOVERNOR AND NRA.

THEY OBVIOUSLY WOULD BE FOES, BUT WAYNE LAPIERRE IS SUING ANDREW CUOMO?

THAT'S RIGHT.

I PRINTED OUT THE LAWSUIT HERE.

ANDREW CUOMO IS EXTREMELY HAPPY ABOUT THIS.

ANDREW CUOMO IS GETTING SUED BUT VERY HAPPY ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT IS THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, PARIAH TO THE DEMOCRATS, LEFT ABSOLUTELY IT HAS IT AND HE SEES IT AS A BIG OPPORTUNITY, IF THE NRA IS HIS ENEMY IT COULD WIN SUPPORT AND WIN VOTES FROM DEMOCRATS.

I BELIEVE HE SENT OUT 10 E-MAILS IN THE PAST WEEK TO SUPPORTERS TRYING TO RAISE MONEY, TRYING TO SAY, LOOK AT ME, THE NRA HATES ME, I AM A GOOD SOLID STRONG DEMOCRAT.

I HAVE EVIDENCE.

THEY SUED ME.

THE LAWSUIT IS ALL ABOUT BASICALLY AREAS CLAIMING CUOMO HAS A VENDETTA AGAINST THEM AND IS TRYING TO CRUSH THEM.

DOES THE LAWSUIT USE THE WORD 'VENDETTA'?

IT MIGHT HAVE.

IT'S AN ENTERTAINING LAWSUIT.

THEY'VE GOTTEN SOME ATTENTION FOR THE CLAIM THAT CUOMO IS KILLING THE NRA AND PEOPLE SAY, THE NRA IS A VERY POWERFUL INTEREST GROUP.

THAT DOESN'T SEEM REALISTIC.

I THINK THE NRA SAYS, WE'RE DOING FINE FINANCIALLY, DO ME IS NOT ACTUALLY KILLING US BUT HE COULD, SO THEY'RE SUING.

WE LIVE IN A LITIGIOUS SOCIETY.

I SUPPOSE EVERYONE CAN SUE ANYONE.

IS THERE ANY OTHER BIG POLITICAL STORIES ON THE HORIZON?

> HAVE MY EYE ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S RACE, LAETITIA JAMES, SHE IS A FRONT-RUNNER FOR THAT SEAT.

SHE REALLY GOT A BOOST THIS PAST WEEK.

SHE GOT 10 CONGRESS MEMBERS TO ENDORSE HER FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL.

THAT'S ESPECIALLY DAMNING BECAUSE ONE OF HER OPPONENTS IS A CONGRESS MEMBER, SEAN PATRICK MALONEY.

10 OF HER DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES IN NEW YORK SAYING, SORRY, WE DON'T ACTUALLY WANT YOU TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

THAT WILL MAKE FOR AWKWARD MEETINGS.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE RACE WE KNOW THERE IS A STOLEN RACE AND CHRIS JAMES AND CONGRESSMAN, JOHN-PATRICK MALONEY.

IS THERE INDICATION WHERE THE PUBLIC IS FALLING WITH THE THREE OF THEM.

THE INTERESTING THING, MOST OF THE PUBLIC ACCORDING TO TWO POLLS RELEASED.

42% OF VOTERS DON'T KNOW WHO THEY WILL VOTE FOR.

IT'S REALLY UP IN THE AIR.

ALL THE CANDIDATES ARE SAYING, THAT'S A GOOD THING.

G GOOD, I CAN WIN OVER THESE UNDECIDED VOTERS AND LAETITIA JAMES WAS AHEAD IN BOTH POLLS.

LAETITIA IS AHEAD BY A FEW POINTS AND JOHN-PATRICK AND THEN ALISIA EVE, A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF GOVERNOR CUOMO IS IN THAT RACE.

OKAY.

WE WILL BE WATCHING THAT RACE AND WHAT BECOMES OF THIS CONGRESSIONAL SEAT OUT IN WESTERN NEW YORK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US ON THE PROGRAM AND GIVING US THE RUNDOWN OF WHO'S UP AND DOWN AND WE'LL DO THIS AGAIN NEXT WEEK.

THANKS, FOR HAVING ME.

THANK YOU.

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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