Worst news possible for State Senator Golden — anti-corruption Democrat activist ready to go at Golden’s Achilles’ Heal — “pay to play” donations from special interests and other corrupt practices
According to the local Brooklyn blogger-reporter Ned Berke, “Political activist and executive director of the Bay Ridge Democrats, Jamie Kemmerer, will formally announce his bid to represent the 22nd District in the State Senate on Monday, challenging 12-year Republican incumbent Marty Golden for his seat.... ( See “Confirmed: Democrat Jamie Kemmerer To Challenge State Senator Marty Golden” by Ned Berke, 5/9/14, Sheepshead Bites [http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2014/05/confirmed-democrat-jamie-kemmerer-challenge-state-senator-marty-golden/]; the same post by Ned Berke also appeared in the Bensonhurst Bean [http://www.bensonhurstbean.com/2014/05/confirmed-democrat-jamie-kemmerer-challenge-state-senator-marty-golden/]).
Mr. Berke’s report was a specific confirmation of what had been earlier reported by Nick Powell on a city-wide blog, City & State (See “SEN. GOLDEN MAY HAVE A CHALLENGER, by Nick Powell, 5/8/14, City & State [http://www.cityandstateny.com/2/75/new-york-state-senate/sen.-golden-may-have-a-challenger.html#.U3PwBIFdU8q]). Nick Powell clearly thinks that once it heats up, this will be a very hot race; here’s what Powell thinks some of it going to be about: “Kemmerer made some waves in February after accusing Golden of “money laundering” by spending large amounts of campaign contributions at his brother’s catering hall in Bay Ridge. It is safe to say there could be more barbs thrown on both sides should Kemmerer make his candidacy official.”
CAMPAIGN WON’T ONLY BE ABOUT THE BAY RIDGE MANOR — BAY RIDGE DEMS' CANDIDATE IS READY TO TIE STATE SENATOR GOLDEN TO SOME OF THE FINDINGS OF THE MORELAND COMMISSION
In December 2013, Mr. Kemmerer did a post about the Moreland Commission’s preliminary report on corrupt practices among our state representatives ( See “Statement on Moreland Commission Preliminary Report ....” by Jamie Kemmerer, 12/3/13, JamieKemmerer.com [jamiekemmerer.com/moreland-report]). In that post, Kemmerer noted that: “Yesterday the Moreland Commission released it's preliminary report on public corruption in New York. The commission has indicated that it has "discovered criminality", but that the real crime is that much of the corruption they have discovered is completely legal. The commission notes in the preliminary report: ‘What we can describe, though, is deplorable conduct, some of it perfectly legal yet profoundly wrong; some of it potentially illegal — and, indeed, this Commission will make appropriate criminal referrals at such time as it deems appropriate....’ *** “.... We are pleased to hear that an overwhelming majority of the Moreland commissioners has reached the same conclusion that the majority of New Yorkers have already reached, that a Fair Elections system that gets big money out of our political process is the only way to end the systemic corruption."An earlier post by Jamie Kammerer specifically tied the kind of “legal corruption” described by the Moreland Commissioners to State Senator Golden ( See “The Golden Egg Is Not For You –
How Money In Politics Drives Politicians To Do Strange Things In Far Away Places” by Jamie Kemmerer, 10/8/13, JamieKemmerer.com [http://jamiekemmerer.com/golden-egg]). That blog posting by Kemmerer started out like this: “If you haven’t heard or seen the coverage, State Senator Marty Golden is involved in another corruption scandal. The current scandal goes like this [lists several bullet points about how real estate developers turned hundreds of thousands in donations to NYS Senator Golden into multi-millions in Golden-supported tax breaks]” A Bay Ridge Democrat leader has specifically said that more of the same can be expected during – and even as an essential part of – Kemmerer’s campaign for the state senate seat now held by Golden.