"Shotgun Senator" Republican Randy Kuhl-gate update
by Jerome Armstrong, Sat Oct 16, 2004 at 02:06:08 AM EDT
Kuhl-Peterson filed for divorce in late 1998, charging that Kuhl "endangered (her) mental and physical well-being and rendered it unsafe and improper for the parties to continue to reside together." After Kuhl was arrested in 1997 for drunken driving, he refused his wife's requests "to attend counseling to deal with his excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages," she said in the papers. As a result of that arrest, Kuhl had his driver's license suspended for six months. He launched his congressional campaign bid by publicly discussing the arrest.The New York Post online edition today screams, SHOTGUN' SENATOR FIRES BACK with Kuhl and his ex-wife together calling this "ugly politics". What's ugly is that the local print and TV media refuse to cover the parts of Randy Kuhl's past that are ugly.
Kuhl and his ex-wife, Jennifer Kuhl-Peterson should discuss the claims in the divorce filing. Are they true? Because if so, the people of the 29th CD should know. But to this date, the local media refuses to disclose the facts to the people of the 29th CD in New York. The blogs have talked about it, Congress Daily and the National Journal's Hotline have covered it this week, but the press inside the 29th refuse to cover the facts of story.
Update: The Star-Gazette in Elmira has the AP story today: (Kuhl pulled shotguns on wife, papers say Web site runs details of divorce allegation; both condemn disclosure). Will others follow? You can ask if they plan on covering the details of Kuhl's recent-past for the voters of the 29th district:
ABC's affiliate WENY is in Elmira, here's the contact page.
NBC's affiliate WETM is in Elmira, here's the contact page
Contact the newspaper Corning Leader through this online form.
Contact emails for the Hornell Evening Tribune are here.
Email contact for the Olean Times-Herald is here.
The Canandaigua Reporter has an online contact form.
Kevin Frisch and Julie Sherwood are the political reporters for Canandaaigua's Daily Messenger, here's the contact page with emails.
For those of you who want to vent. Joe Dunning is managing editor for The Leader. He can be reached at email@example.com or (607)936-4651, Ext. 362. Dunning has written that the divorce record's contents, I've been told, don't remotely come close to Ryan's sexcapades. Tell Joe to look at the facts, and stop smearing the Democratic Party and Samara Barend for the faults of his Shotgun Senator. Let Bob Rolfe, a retired Leader reporter/editor (1965-2002), who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, also co-host of WENY-TV's "Voice of the People" public affairs program, which airs at midnight and 11:45 p.m. on Sundays, that this isn't as he writes, "gossip" on websites. If you have still more, Steven Poyzer owns the rightwing Canandaigua News.
Rochester apparently has a big media presence in the district, so here are a couple of the contact pages there:
Rochester Alternative WeeklyRochester City News