image

Sign up for Updates
and the e-Edition
image image


Maloney and Jeffries say NY GOP playing 'political footsie' with Ted Cruz


Dems upset that senator who voted against Sandy Aid will be a guest at Republican dinner



maloney_1
shadow
Carolyn Maloney
May 28, 2013
U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-Manhattan, and Hakeem Jeffries, D-Brooklyn, held a telephone conference Tuesday morning speaking out against the New York Republican Party's decision to invite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to their annual state dinner on Wednesday.

Cruz is well known for his role in delaying the aid to Hurricane Sandy victims by 91 days after saying the aid was "wasteful spending." Cruz voted against the proposed aid that now has been approved and will help victims of Sandy to rebuild following the devastation.

Ted_Cruz
shadow
Sen. Ted Cruz
"I really do not believe that someone who thought the critical aid was quote 'wasteful spending' which has already been too long delayed, would be invited by New York republicans to talk at their state dinner," Maloney said during the phone conference. "This is someone who refused to stand with New Yorkers in one of our hours of greatest need."

Cruz is noted on the official invitation for the state dinner as being a "featured guest" and it is noted underneath his name that he is "not asking for funds or donations."

Jeffries, a former state assemblyman, noted in the call that the Republican Party is playing "political footsie" with Cruz, who he calls an extremist.

"The constituents that I represent are still trying to recover as of this day they are all still trying to rebuild their lives. That's why it is an insult to the hard working New Yorkers still recovering that the New York state Republican party would bring in Ted Cruz of all people," Jeffries said.

Hakeem_Jeffries
shadow
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Maloney and Jeffries said at the end of their conference call that they are asking Congressman Michael Grimm, R-Staten Island, and other New York Republicans to stand up against the decision to feature Cruz and "condemn the New York Republican party for asking Ted Cruz to headline their state dinner."

"He is the wrong person at the wrong time for the Republican party to highlight as a speaker," Jeffries said.

David Laska, the director of communications for the New York State Republican Party, criticized Maloney and Jeffries for their own "hypocrisy" and noted that Cruz supported the idea of financial aid for Sandy victims, but he opposed the other spending items included in the bill that were unrelated to disaster relief.

"Senator Cruz is on record with his support for Sandy Aid. Carolyn Maloney and Hakeem Jeffries should be asking Harry Reid why he wouldn't let a hurricane relief package reach the Senate floor without stuffing it full of unrelated pork spending," Laska said.

shadow
shadow
"If Democrats fought against sexual abuse with the same vitriol with which they attack minority Republicans, Sheldon Silver would be gone by now. Carolyn Maloney stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Silver at the DNC, and later issued a statement praising Silver for acting 'decisively' with regards to Vito Lopez' sexual abuse of female staff members, when the facts show that Silver used taxpayer money to silence Vito Lopez' victims," he continued.

"If Carolyn Maloney wants to talk about hypocrisy, we suggest she begin by giving back the 'Fearless Trailblazer' award she received from the Feminist Majority Foundation last year," Laska said.

printPrint
emailMail
CommentComment
shareShare
Reader Feedback Submission
Use this form to submit Reader Feedback. Your submission will be reviewed by our staff before appearing on the Web site.
* required value
Your Name*

Subject

Comment*


inclusion image
11 - 26 - 14
11:07
Site Search

Autism Society
Watervliet Civic Center
American Red Cross
Habitat for Humanity
Equinox
Animal Protective Foundation
UNCF
LaSalle School
Food Pantries
MiSci
Ronald McDonald House
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
Queens College
Aids Council of NE New York
Double H Ranch
Freedom Guide Dogs
American Bible Society
Colonie  Senior Services
Capital District Humane Assoc
Empire State College
Morrisville
Wildwood Foundation
Franklin Community Center
Community Hospice
Family & Child of Schenectady
WERC Capital District
Living Resources
St. Catherine's
Colonie Youth Center
Samaritan Counseling Center
Captain Youth and Family Services
Girl Scouts of NE New York
Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
SICM
Animal Lovers
Trinity Alliance
Damien Center
Salvation Army
Community Works
Pride Center
Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer
Legal Project
Interfaith Partnership
Arbor Park
Human Rights
Catholic Charities of the Diocese
SCAP
The Legislative Gazette | P.O. Box 7329 | Room 116 | Empire State Plaza | Concourse Level | Albany, NY 12224 | (518) 473-9739