We've taken Governor Spitzer to task before for his role in Troopergate (also known as Choppergate). But once again, the reality of the situation is that for those of us in Western New York who rely on the Greater Niagara Newspaper group for our news, the issue isn't so much Spitzer, but the absolute denial of GNN to recognize what the overwhelming majority of the people of this state believe to be Spitzer's role in Troopergate.
In today's editorial, the Union Sun & Journal begrudgingly calls out Spitzer for his plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. In the editorial, the editorial staff calls Spitzer's executive order a "rare political misstep from the young governor". Most people of this state would disagree with GNN's assertion that this was a rare political misstep.
According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers say the governor should testify about what he knew of the scandal involving State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno’s travels around the state.
Seventy-eight percent of voters said he should have to testify under oath, and the majority of voters also believe Spitzer knew what his aides were doing when they compiled information about Bruno's use of state aircraft and leaked it to the media.
Fifty-six percent of all voters surveyed said they think the governor was aware of what his aides were doing, which could be having an affect on the governor's approval ratings.
The latest poll finds 47 percent of voters approve of his job performance, down one percentage point from the last poll taken at the end of July. But his disapproval rating shot up six percentage points to 34 percent.
Quinnipiac surveyed more than 1,500 New York state voters last week. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5.
What does our local paper focus on? Those damn Republicans pouncing on this issue. Folks, that's politics. Right or wrong, good or bad, that's politics. When your political adversary makes a mistake, you capitalize on it.
Who does the US&J point the finger at for Spitzer's "misstep"? Tom Reynolds. Apparently he, as one member of the 435 member House of Representatives, should have simply enacted massive immigration reform.
Immigration reform is the most polarizing issue in the country, with no easy answer, but it's Tom Reynold's fault that Eliot Spitzer has enacted this legislation that anyone can see is designed to do nothing more than enhance his voter base.
Spitzer's action on illegals if unfortunate and misguided. The Greater Niagara Newspaper group's continued slanting of the "news" is disgraceful and irresponsible.
This county has a nice mix of Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Conservatives. But when it comes to core family values, this community is conservative. Not politically conservative, but hard-working, family-oriented people that worship Our Lord. This paper writes as if it is in New York City. Tim Marren, the editor, has no idea of what the people of this community value. I can tell you one thing, it's not deception, and that's what he is spoon feeding us every day.
Just give us all sides to an issue and let us make the decision what is right and what is wrong. My fear is that Marren simply believes that the people of this community are incapable of making that distinction, so he has taken it upon himself to do it for us.
And that folks, is where we must draw the line.