Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Maffei/Arcuri Stem Cell Event Today

I like this idea a lot:

Michael Arcuri and Dan Maffei, the 24th and 25th District Democratic candidates for Congress will hold a joint news conference Tuesday to discuss the issue of stem cell research and unveil their plan to utilize Central New York's resources to promote federal funding for stem cell research, lure industry to Central New York and rejuvenate the local economy.

Last week the Senate approved new stem cell research legislation. President Bush vetoed the piece of legislation and Jim Walsh and the Republicans in Congress rubber stamped Bush's veto by voting to uphold his decision. The bi-partisan legislation was being supported by conservative Senator Orin Hatch, Senator John McCain and former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

"After speaking with Dan, we felt that it was necessary to begin working on the issues that we care about right now, and not wait six months until we're in Congress," said Oneida District Attorney Michael Arcuri. "Stem-cell research will provided a unique opportunity to help find cures for life threatening diseases like cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's."

"Central New York should be a healthcare corridor," said Dan Maffei. "The 24th and 25th Congressional Districts stretch from the small town of Little Falls in Montgomery County to the City of Rochester. Our research hospitals should be hiring graduates from places like SUNY Upstate, Hamilton College, Syracuse University, Colgate and The Rochester Institute of Technology and pharmaceutical companies should be locating to this area, taking advantage of our resources and creating jobs."

Last week, The National Journal unveiled their Top 50 Most Competitive Congressional Races in the Country. Arcuri for Congress ranked 16th. Maffei for Congress ranked 39th.

Michael Arcuri-Dan Maffei Press Conference Information
Tuesday, August 1st
3:00 PM
Upstate Medical Center
Corner of Adams and Sarah Loguen Streets
Syracuse, NY


At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smart move to get Maffei closer to Arcuri. We really need Spitzer, Hillary, and other big names to come raise some $ for Dan though

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Orangeman said...

This is a win-win all around. Nice to see Democrats acting like they can govern and providing some vision, rather than the same thing Walsh has been doing to two decades.

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can also see some traffic about Dan Maffei in the Daily Kos today.. this information came to me in one of Maffei email campaign announcements.


Great it is to see Democrats coming together on this. But I am realy concerned about the 'preaching to the choir' effect. Some of this energy we have should be spent helping Maffei - specifically volunteering to canvas, call people or whatever. Don't forget to send the guy money. We are up against a VERY strong opponent and have ALOT of work to do ..!


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