With Convention Fast Approaching, Wendy Long Focuses on County Chairs

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Newly announced U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long said today she would begin an upstate swing next week, beginning in Erie County on Monday beginning in Syracuse on Tuesday before working her way to Rockland County on Saturday, meeting with Republican county chairs along the way.

Long, a conservative Republican attorney from Manhattan, last night officially announced her bid to try and unseat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, in November. A former Senate staffer who served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Long said in a phone interview today that she would begin a statewide swing next week in her attempt to gain support from the county chairs.

Long said she had been working on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, and became interested in a Senate run “a couple of months ago” when she began surveying the field to take on Gillibrand.

“I just didn’t see the kinds of folks getting into the race who I thought would be able to take (Gillibrand) on successfully,” Long said. “So, I kind of looked around and said, ‘Well, I guess if nobody else will do it, I’ll do it.’ And I talked to my husband and my kids and they weren’t wild about it, but I gradually brought them around.”

The state Republican Party convention is March 16 in Rochester, where the party will choose its preferred candidate to take on Gillibrand in November. So far, Long and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos are the only Republicans who have announced their bids.

Long said she hasn’t been happy with Gillibrand’s “liberal” views and “inability to distinguish and define herself.” She said she’s spoken to nearly all of New York’s GOP chairmen and has received an encouraging response, and said she would be crisscrossing the state until the March 16 convention.

“One reason I got in is because I’m a mother of two young kids, and I see our country really changing so fast from the country that I grew up in and lots of things that I love and care about kind of going down the tube,” Long said. “So I thought anybody who could ought to suit up and do battle on the battlefield, and that’s why I’m doing it.”

Long, 51, is a native of New Hampshire, and recently had been working for a Washington D.C. group that focuses on the judicial system and Supreme Court nominations.

“I’ve been involved in national fights before over issues that are very important in this campaign,” Long said. “You can basically boil it down to people who love freedom and jobs — who understand that private enterprise and freedom are what create jobs and grows the economy — and people who believe in big government, which is not what our Constitution was set up for.”

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  1. Thank goodness for GPS navigation systems. And you know where ever Wendy goes in New York State, it will be her first time! If elected, she will represent New York City, at least Manhattan, very well.

  2. WOW! What a Pretty Face! That “My Blue Eyed Girl”! as it says in the Song “Oooooooooo Imigo oooooooooooo. That’s….My Blue Eyed Girl”!
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    Trust me! ( I approach them as A Man! And, to respectfully one day, ask them out! and after knowing the one loves me I will go down on my knee… But ( of course) first I will ask for Their Parent’s Permission.

    This is how my Mothet raied me to respect women any women!…But, (apparently with my charming looks, and sexy personality) no women even looks at me whatsoever….even I give them an indications that I may be interested to know them; very respectably but they never in NY talk to me.

    By in My West; OH! My God! My Voicemail remains Full with Girls Like Models on a Cover of A Fashion Magazine call me and complain why I did not call them back. Between you and Me… I did and the girl went to dinner with me and later I ended up have her tagged along me for 3 nights, after Finally We left the Motel….Let me stop. Because, this Comment may look like the lyrics of a Country Song.

    Anyways!.. .

    So (now seriously getting back to the Comment)! This is all I wanted to write. Clicked on the blog and found Her Pretty Face! Sorry! I am drifting again! (Joke)!

    What again I wanted to say with reference to the Headline that ” her eyes are on the Chair!”

    But! Bebe!……If You want to be a US Senator …then instead of _”looking on the Chair” You must start looking at The Rule of Law!

    Oh! Bebe! Beebeeeeeeeee! _

    Oh! I am sorry again.

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller.