U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Blakeman stopped by the Capitol in Albany today. While waiting for media personnel to assemble and set up cameras, he turned and picked up a fat dictionary, and joked that it was his speech.
“I have to practice my filibuster,” he said.
Once it got started, Blakeman hit loosely and lightly on all the talking points expected of a Republican seeking support at this moment from his party and from what he called angry, frustrated voters: warnings against plans to “dismantle the health-care system,” proclaiming the danger of the mounting federal deficit, the “insult” of a terror-defendant trial in New York, how the financial institutions shouldn’t be onerously taxed lest Manhattan become “a ghost town.”
He called on Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to withdraw her support for the health-care bill she’s backed.
How would he propose providing for the underinsured or uninsured? No plan yet, but he’d sit down with the stakeholders to discuss it.
Blakeman, of course, was here and en route to Buffalo in the GOP afterglow of the Scott Brown Senate victory in Massachussetts, which he said generated calls since 10 p.m. last night carrying renewed interest in fundraising — which he indicated will not be problem. Brown’s win, he said, crystallized the fears and frustrations of voters.
When asked about the strategies involved in the possible presence of Harold Ford Jr. in the race, Blakeman fell back on the line he rolled out at his announcement Sunday in Valley Stream: that one candidate is from Tennessee, and the other votes likes she’s from Nebraska.
He wound up the press conference by pledging, as a Senator, never to vote on a 1,000 page piece of legislation in the middle of the night.
President Barack Obama and Democratic senatorial candidate Martha Coakley during a rally at Northeastern University Sunday in Boston. (Jan. 17, 2010, Getty Images)