“NEW YORK’S WINNERS & LOSERS”

August 14, 2018 at 5:15 am

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.

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>>> 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.

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