Eric Massa - A Fighting Dem for NY-29

A post on dKos about Eric Massa, a retired 24 year naval officer veterand running for Congress for the NY 29th congressional seat currently held by DeLay crony Randy Kuhl. Some good comments there that will tell you a bit about this enthusiastic, energetic, can-do Democrat.

About a month ago he blogged live at kos and you can read that here:

You can read more about Eric on his website:

You can also access his blog from the home page and his forum from the blog. The blog is here with  a number of his posts on the issues, including Iraq and social security, etc. Here is the blog:

If you wish to contribute to his campaign, check out his donation site for an animated fundraiser graphic and link to his ActBlue.

Eric Massa will be blogging live again on Kos this next Wednesday, October 26, Eric has set aside a major portion of the day to talk live again with folks here at dailykos.  He is going to post a diary and you guys can find out for yourselves why high profile political figures like General Clark have endorsed him.

You all know the reasons we need to take back Congress, from Iraq to the bankruptcy bill to the deficit to social security, etc., etc.  But it is especially important to help Eric beat Randy Kuhl.  Since Kuhl has been in Tom DeLay's pocket and voted with DeLay 98.85 per cent of the time.  The few times he has not voted with DeLay have been when he voted for something even more extreme than what DeLay voted for. Think of Kuhl as "Rubberstamp Randy" for the rightwing Republican agenda.

Eric has been doing the groundwork in his district.  He has already been endorsed by seven of the eight County Democratic Committees in his district.

If we support men and women of character, ability and experience like Eric we can take back congress.  But they need our time and our money to mount successful campaigns. Remember, we just need 15 seats to take back congress. This can be one of them. UPDATE: Eric is now blogging live on Kos. GO ASK ERIC ANY QUESTION YOU LIKE (ER, RELEVANT QUESTION)...

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Yet again
another republican...

this is getting sadder...

by Parker 2005-10-24 09:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Yet again
What exactly are you reffering to? Are you saying Massa is a Republican?

What makes you say that?

by Alex Urevick 2005-10-24 09:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Yet again
Uh... cuz he said so.
by Parker 2005-10-24 09:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Yet again
link please
by Alex Urevick 2005-10-24 10:34AM | 0 recs
as usual
you don't back up your slander with facts...
by Alex Urevick 2005-10-24 02:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Yet again
He WAS a Republican.  He's a Democrat now.  He's been endorsed by 7 of 8 counties in his district.  He can beat Kuhl.  Check out his beliefs.  Talk to him.  He's a Democrat.  I'm f'ing sick of this gd liberal purity bs.  No wonder the country is so fouled up.  You'd rather lose than admit someone can grow and realize they were in the wrong place.  Good.  You go lose.  I'll support Eric Massa--a Democrat who wants to move the country in the right direction.  I'll support Eric Massa who's going to get Randy Kuhl--a Republican stooge--out of Congress.  I'll support Eric Massa who believes in healthcare and jobs for people.  You go find some "pure" Democrat to support.      
by ICantBelieve 2005-10-24 04:28PM | 0 recs
Eric began rethinking his positions when working with vets during the last time of his service. When as a staff member of the House Armed Services Committee he found himself disagreeing with the Republican leadership and got himself into difficulties. He found he agreed with Wes Clark on his positions and when challenged for shaking Wes's hand outside of a meeting in Washington D.C. he resigned (in the face of a threat to be fired) rather than give up his friendship or change his positions. He has always been a progressive in his heart, but like many servicemen was a nominal Republican believing in strong national security and fiscal responsibility. If you read his positions you will see he is a progressive. And if you read his post on why I am a Democrat (above) you will see the answer to your question.

I myself switched to the Republican Party and became a campaign manager for a Black Candidate in Alabama in 1968 and supported McGovern. No one ever challenged me for having been a Republican before. What criteria do we go by?

Membership? Eric has been endorsed by 7 of 8 Country Democratic Party Committees in his district. Obviously they have no problem with his democratic  credentials.

Issues? He is a progressive in his social stances and was anti-Iraqi war even while serving as a Republican staff member on the House Armed Services Committee. Not a comfortable place, but he stood his ground.

Length of Time? This is a no-brainer. If it is implied someone changes his or her positions for political advantages one might have a case. But Eric already had had and expressed his opinions before he made the change. Being a democrat is not in the genes or the blood, inherited from ancestors, nor is it in one's former beliefs. I converted in a short time from a Republican who supported the GOP because of religious issues to a Democrat against the war. In the process I became educated about things I had not thought of previously and gained insight into what makes America great and what the challenges and dangers to democracy are. Eric is one up on me, he had his positions before he made a formal change.

by noelschutz 2005-10-24 04:15PM | 0 recs
This only has two recomends
And the NAACP diary has three... so how did this make it to the recommend list?
by Parker 2005-10-24 10:00AM | 0 recs
Re: This only has two recomends
It matters WHO recommends this.  Jerome did, so it makes the recommend list.  
by mattgabe 2005-10-24 01:05PM | 0 recs
What is Massa's position on the war?
Can you post links to his statements and positions on the Iraq war? I couldn't find much on his website.

At this issues link, he made absolutely no mention of Iraq or war:

Eric Massa: On the Issues

Support Our Troops 4 Point Plan (READ MORE...)
1. Providing for Military Families 2.Guard and Reserve Travel Compensation 3.Family Integration 4. Health Care for Returning Service Members
Social Security (READ MORE...)
I well remember my Italian Grandmother telling me stories of how she would listen to FDR's fireside chats on the console radio and although her English was not fluent enough to catch every word - she could tell from the confidence in the President' voice that her newly adopted country would find its way out the Great Depression.
Niagara Base Closing - a Wasted Homeland Defense Opportunity
There are many key errors being considered in the latest round of the military's Base Realignment and Closure process. The Horseheads Naval Reserve Center is currently being targeted for closure along with the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base.
Homeland Security and Our Fair Share
The 29th Congressional District (depending on where you live) is anywhere between 5-7 hours outside of New York City. Rural areas like the 29th District of New York are easy to overlook for Homeland Security purposes, but to do so, adds considerable risk to our ability to recover from a major event.
Globalization & Trade (READ MORE...)
Our government has embraced the notion of unrestricted Free Trade. This policy is against, at the most basic level, our American values. Our elected and appointed officials have set this nation down a course of continued exportation of living wage jobs once anchored in our historic strength of American manufacturing.
Genetic Foods Farmer Protection Act (READ MORE...)
With genetically modified foods appearing more in local grocery stores, there must be protections built in not only for consumers but also for family farmers. We must protect farmers and their property from larger corporations and manufacturers when genetically modified pollen and seeds contaminate private farmland.
Farmer Diesel Coalition Act (READ MORE)
Agricultural fuel prices have risen over 35 percent since 2002 and will cost Steuben County farmers an additional $2.7 million this year. We must ease the burden of cost on our farmers, so they can continue to provide for our region and for the entire nation.
COBRA Healthcare Extension Act (READ MORE...)
With 40 million Americans currently without health care insurance and a continual exportation of living wages jobs over seas, we must find affordable ways to offer health care to all Americans in need.

And he has a little poll on the FP:

What do you feel is the most important issue facing residents of the 29th District?

Social Security
Medicaid Reform

So, is the burning issue of the Iraq war+quagmire not important enought for him to mention, and what exactly is his position on the Iraq war and such future excursions?

by NeoLiberal 2005-10-24 11:10AM | 0 recs
what are Massa's positions on:

  1. Acknowledging that the U.S. was misled into the war in Iraq
  2. Advocating for a responsible exit plan with a timeline

by NeoLiberal 2005-10-24 11:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Specifically,
Eric will be on Kos on Wednesday, I believe.  You should ask him then.

I believe Eric will pass your litmus test although I find it silly.  Of course we were misled into Iraq.  And of course we need to change course.  Requiring a timeline of a candidate, however, is wrong.  A timeline is a tactic.  Tactics should be left to the experts.  You want an end to this.  We all do.  But a timeline is only one way to get there and not necessarily the best.

by ICantBelieve 2005-10-24 04:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Specifically,
Please see my "timeline" question rephrased in a comment below. But the question of openly acknowledging that we were misled into was is not silly, especially given his background in the armed services comm.
by NeoLiberal 2005-10-24 04:52PM | 0 recs
Re: What is Massa's position on the war?
Below he tells of opposing the war while working for the House Armed Services Committee. He will be blogging live on Kos on his stance on Iraq Wednesday if you have a question.

Is he a Democrat? Here is his answer:

Let me tell you up front:  I used to be a Republican.  So why, now, am I a Democrat?  What does it mean to me to be a Democrat?

I could tell you that the short answer, of course, is "I didn't leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me."  But there's more to it than that.

I served my country for 24 years on active duty as an officer in the United States Navy.  Along this journey I fell in love with and married my wife, Beverly.  We raised a family moving all over the world.  Our deployments included direct support of Marines in Beirut and involvement in Operation Desert Storm, but my capstone military assignment was as Special Assistant to General Wes Clark, both in Panama and when he became Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces.

My career was cut short when I was diagnosed with terminal Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  The good news is the doctors got the prognosis wrong and with the help of my faith, family, and friends I was able to find the strength to overcome the odds, and I beat cancer.  I spent the last part of my military career as a cancer outreach advocate, traveling the country and talking with other cancer patients who were in the same position I had been.  Meeting these people, and talking to them, really made clear to me the importance and the urgency of securing health care for all Americans.

When my Naval career ended I returned to Corning, New York.  I went to work for Corning Inc. until the tech bubble burst and I, and many thousands of fellow tech workers, got wet.  My wife and I made the decision to stay in Corning, and I went to work (with a long commute) as a Staff Member in the House Armed Services Committee.

During my time with the Committee, I expressed grave concerns to the Republican leadership and wrote several dissenting documents about the plans to invade Iraq.  When I saw what was happening to our returning veterans, I again documented my concerns to the Republicans.  When my former Commanding Officer and friend, Wes Clark, joined the Presidential race, I refused to let partisan politics stand in the way of my loyalty to him.  I left my position on the House Armed Services Committee and have not looked back.  While I was not on the House floor when the vote to invade Iraq took place, I voted with my feet by joining the Wesley Clark for President Campaign in New Hampshire.

Since the election, I have only become more concerned about the future of this country, as I have watched right-wing extremists hijack the Republican Party and pump out legislation that seems designed to destroy the middle class and make life harder for working families.  I believe I have a responsibility to pass on to my children Justin and Alexandra a nation as solid and secure as the country I inherited from my parents.

That is why I am a Democrat.  

I am a Democrat because as a Democrat I can fight to defend the values which have guided me all my life: service, integrity, and accountability.

I am a Democrat because I believe that access to health care for all Americans is a national security priority.

I am a Democrat because I know that it is wrong to sell out our working families by sending their jobs overseas with bad trade agreements like CAFTA - it's wrong, and it's hurting our nation.

I am a Democrat because I believe that Social Security is one of the greatest accomplishments of modern America, and we must defend it against risky and destructive privatization schemes.

I am running for Congress as a Democrat because the working people of the 29th District of New York deserve a Representative who is more than a rubber stamp for the Bush-Rove-Delay agenda.  

Working families are under assault in my district, and all over America.  But we know we can do better.  We know that, with the right leadership, with the help of faith, family, and friends, we can overcome the odds.  Our homes are worth fighting for.

But we will need help.  The GOP will pour millions of dollars into this race.  Paul Hackett showed that any seat can be won, especially with a candidate who is unafraid to take the fight to the Republicans.  I am not afraid, and I will not back down.

I invite you to visit my website to learn more about me and the 29th District:  We probably won't agree on everything, but I know we will agree on this:

We are Democrats because the future of America is worth fighting for.  

by noelschutz 2005-10-24 04:01PM | 0 recs
Re: What is Massa's position on the war?
I will try, but I am not sure that I will be able to join the dKos live blogging session.

-->"During my time with the Committee, I expressed grave concerns to the Republican leadership and wrote several dissenting documents about the plans to invade Iraq."

  1. Was he opposed to waging the war itself or was he opposed to the specific plans (or gameplans) for the war?
  2. Will he be able to make those letters to the Republican leadership public?

Since you didn't answer my other comment, please let me restate those questions:

Is Mr. Massa willing to:

  1. Acknowlede that the U.S. was misled into the war in Iraq
  2. Advocate for a responsible exit plan with a timeline. If the answer is a No, then what would be his general sketch of a possible exit plan?
by NeoLiberal 2005-10-24 04:44PM | 0 recs
One more
5. How come neither Iraq or nor war was mentioned in the issues section of his website? And would it remain that way?
by NeoLiberal 2005-10-24 04:55PM | 0 recs
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