Thursday, August 03, 2006


Today in Fred Pierce's blog (that no one reads):

Maffei, Republican Rep. Jim Walsh’s Democratic challenger, plans to distribute leaflets to employees at University and Crouse hospitals that underscore the economic importance of federal funding for stem cell research to Central New York.

It will be the second time this week Maffei has publicly taken Walsh to task for his support of President George Bush’s veto of popular legislation that would allow the federal government to fund medical research involving stem cells.

On Tuesday, he joined Oneida County District Attorney Mike Arcuri for a news conference in front of University Hospital. Stem cells are a big issue in Democrat Arcuri’s battle against Republican state Sen. Ray Meier for the congressional seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Sherwood Boehlert.

Maffei said Walsh’s vote not only compromises promising research that could lead to breakthroughs against diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but wastes an opportunity for Central New York to take a leading role in the research.

Today in Fred Pierce's article:

Not all political analysts think Republican Rep. Jim Walsh's race against Democrat Dan Maffei is one of the hottest contests in the House of Representatives.

A recent ranking by the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan online analysis of electoral politics, does not include the 25th Congressional District on its list of 46 House races it sees as either tossups or competitive.


But Cook places the struggle for Walsh's seat on the list of 18 races it views as not currently in play but having the potential to become competitive.

That's quite a bit different from the 39th place ranking given the race by National Journal, a nonpartisan political magazine, two weeks ago.

Ridiculous. Don't you think people might like to know Dan Maffei's position on stem cells especially since the Sub-Standard gave Jim Walsh free space to write about it Sunday? Minus political junkies no one cares about whether or not analysts think the race is competitive, they ant to know the issues. Fred Pierce needs to find a new career.


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