Dieterich Seeks Independence Party Line

20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Thousands of votes could be up for grabs in the race between U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, and Republican challenger Bob Dieterich as both are pursuing the Independence Party ballot line for the general election.

With about 23,000 enrolled Independence Party voters in the newly redrawn 20th Congressional District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany, Saratoga and Rensselaer counties, having the ballot line could mean the difference between victory and defeat.

Currently, Tonko is poised to be the Independence Party candidate because he has been endorsed by the party and has submitted more than the required 871 petition signatures to appear on the line, but Dieterich’s campaign is taking steps to prevent this from happening and to secure the line for him.

That effort began this week with the review of about 1,200 signatures Tonko’s campaign submitted to the state Board of Elections on Monday for the Independence Party nomination. Petitions are reviewed for any errors that might make them invalid, such as an unqualified signer or collector. Without enough valid Independence Party signatures, Tonko’s campaign would not be eligible to appear on that ballot line.

Dieterich spokesman Scott Hommel said the campaign has secured James Walsh — who served as campaign attorney for Roger Hull’s nearly successful Schenectady mayoral run — for this process and any other legal issues the campaign might confront. According to the state Board of Elections, though, no objections to any of Tonko’s petitions had been filed as of early Wednesday afternoon.

If a challenge is brought, Tonko spokesman Clinton Britt said they’re confident the petitions will be proven valid. He acknowledged there might be some minor mistakes with a few petitions, but stressed that with about 300 extra signatures submitted there shouldn’t be a problem passing the required threshold.

The Independence Party has until Friday to accept the petitions and grant Tonko a waiver to appear on the ballot this fall under their party designation.

Besides blocking that process, the Dieterich campaign is exploring a way on to the Independence Party line without the backing of the party.

They are expected to file today “opportunity to ballot” petitions, which could force a primary for the party’s nomination.

Collection of these petitions, Hommel said, has “been going fairly well.”

If there was a primary, Tonko’s name would appear on the ballot and Independence Party voters would have to write in Dieterich’s name.

State Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin said this would not be an insurmountable challenge for Dieterich because the race wouldn’t require that many votes. “It does occasionally work,” he said of the opportunity to ballot process.

The importance of this ballot spot varies from race to race, but in Tonko’s last campaign he generated almost 10,000 votes from the Independence line. Both campaigns agreed the spot is a valuable position in a close election.

Homell added that even without the Independence Party nomination, Dieterich would be able to attract independent-minded and Independence Party voters by contrasting his positions with Tonko’s record.

Britt countered that Tonko clearly supports independent thinking and good ideas, no matter what party they came from.

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Statement from Congressional candidate Bob Dieterich on the Anniversary of the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Scotia, NY—Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by then-President George H.W. Bush. This critical piece of civil rights legislation protects the disabled from discrimination in employment, accessing public buildings, utilizing public transportation and even in regard to public accommodations such as restaurants, hotel, schools and colleges.

Thanks to anti-discrimination legislation and increased public awareness about the disabled and their ability to contribute to their communities and the lives of those around them, we have proudly created an environment where Americans with disabilities can integrate more fully into society and lead more satisfying and independent lives.

The Americans with Disabilities Act remains, 22 years after being signed into law, as a testament to our commitment to the ideals expressed in our Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain, inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

It is vital that we continue to recognize the importance of the ADA and the need for reasonable accommodation for the disabled which allows them to live with the pride and dignity that we encourage of all Americans.

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Dick Morris says Obamacare will propel GOP to wins

By: Jimmy Vielkind, Times Union – June 28, 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS — “It feels so good to be giving this speech again…I assumed the Supreme Court would do the work for us,” Dick Morris, a longtime conservative political operative, said with a grin.

He was about to rattle off six Republican attack points against the Affordable Care Act, the core of which had been upheld earlier Thursday by a majority of the nation’s top jurists. The ruling was greeted warmly by President Barack Obama and other Democrats who said the law would expand access to health care.

But Morris, a professional message man who was at one time a trusted confidante of President Bill Clinton, had his own glowing spin: The ruling was the best thing that could have happened for Republican congressional candidates like Bob Dieterich, a bank executive who hosted Morris for the fundraiser at the tony Gideon Putnam resort.

“Today, Barack Obama won the battle and lost the war,” Morris continued. “The court today upheld the mandate and gave us a mandate: defeat Obama, re-take the Senate and repeal.”

Dieterich is running against Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, in the new 20th district. It merges the Spa City and south-lying areas of Saratoga County with Albany and Schenectady counties along with the cities of Troy and Amsterdam. It contains more enrolled Democrats than Republicans, though, and Dieterich has not drawn the same attention from national political operatives as other Republican challengers running upstate.

“The Supreme Court decision today should be a call to action for all of us who understand what a dangerous precedent has been set,” said Dieterich. “If the U.S. Congress has the power to tax you on something you didn’t do, then what are the limits?”

The law would require individuals purchase health insurance plans or face a tax penalty, expanding the insurance pool by roughly 30 million patients, and at the same time forbids insurers from screening out people with pre-existing health maladies. It will also expand government run insurance programs and create new health insurance exchanges, an open market for patients to purchase coverage.

Morris said healthcare could be a golden issue in the race because, he argued, it was a vast expansion of government involvement in the private sector that would lead to complete economic socialism. He predicted Dieterich would be part of a Republican sweep. While Tonko has voted to repeal two of its minor provisions, he was an unabashed supporter of the law, voting for versions of it in 2009 and 2010. He said television advertising in the Capital Region is comparatively cheap, and despite Tonko’s advantages in campaign cash and name recognition, Dieterich could easily boost his own profile.

So as much as it was a pep talk, Thursday’s event was about money. The 150 audience members paid $125 each (or $200 per couple) to hear Morris and gnosh on a buffet that included calamari, a carving station and open bar.

Roughly 20 guests attended a $1,000-per-person VIP reception with Morris earlier in the evening, according to Patrick Ziegler, Dieterich’s campaign manager. Ziegler said he couldn’t estimate how much money was raised or how much Morris was paid, because the fee was “still being worked out.”

Seven people organized by the liberal MoveOn.org waved signs outside the event, saying Morris was a “propaganda artist for the one percent.” Morris spoke for over 45 minutes, shook hands and signed copies of his book before leaving to tape an appearance on Fox News, where he is a paid contributor.

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Paul Ryan impressed by Dieterich’s CFO award

The Business Review by Barbara Pinckney, Reporter

Date: Monday, August 13, 2012

Ten days before Rep. Paul Ryan was named Mitt Romney‘s running mate, he met with Scotia banker and Congressional candidate Bob Dieterich.

Dieterich, chief financial officer of First National Bank of Scotia, is running againstPaul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) to represent the 20th Congressional District, which covers Albany and Schenectady counties as well as parts of Montgomery, Saratoga and Rensselaer counties.

At the Aug. 1 meeting, Ryan (R-Wisconsin), chair of the House Budget Committee, and Dieterich discussed “the nation’s financial woes and bipartisan solutions,” according to Dieterich’s tweet about the visit.

But John Buhrmaster, CEO of First National, said they also touched on another topic—the 43-year-old Dieterich’s 2011 CFO of the Year award from The Business Review.

“He was very impressed,” Buhrmaster said of Ryan. “He said ‘good, we need CFOs.’’ ”

Dieterich, who received his award at a Business Review luncheon in October, was named the top CFO for a small or mid-sized private company. The bank has about $400 million in assets and about 150 employees.

Dieterich, who lives in Glenville, has worked there for 18 years.

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Congressional (Candidate) Corner Bob Dieterich

It’s almost time for Americans to choose their representatives for the next Congress. In today’s Congressional Corner, Bob Dieterich – the Republican candidate for New York’s new 20th district seat currently held by Democrat Paul Tonko — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that federal spending must be curtailed.

Listen by clicking here.

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Dieterich Distinguishes Himself From Tonko in NY 20 Congressional Race

By Amy Standaert – May 2, 2012 Rep. Paul Tonko has represented the people in New York’s 21st congressional district since 2009 but will, if re-elected, be the representative for NY’s new 20th congressional district. That is, however, if he is … Continue reading

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Dick Morris says Obamacare will propel GOP to wins

By: Jimmy Vielkind, Times Union – June 28, 2012 SARATOGA SPRINGS — “It feels so good to be giving this speech again…I assumed the Supreme Court would do the work for us,” Dick Morris, a longtime conservative political operative, said … Continue reading

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Election heats up Tonko’s forum – Jobs, economy and super PACs among concerns; Dieterich disputes incumbent’s claims

www.spotlightnews.com By John Purcell As of Thursday, August 9, 2012 SCOTIA — Rep. Paul Tonko stopped in challenger Bob Dieterich’s hometown to hear resident’s thoughts and concerns as Election Day draws nearer and while the crowd showed him substantial support, Dieterich’s presence … Continue reading

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Reputation Repair You Can Do Yourself

With the growing popularity of the internet and social media, it’s not hard to see that everything we do online, particularly political candidates, will be cataloged and saved until we take steps to take back our online reputation from the randomization of a search engine.  Have you ever applied for a job or attempted to land a new client, or ran for congress and they never gave you a call back despite your excellent resume’ and recommendations?  Have you ever had to have an awkward conversation with a family member because of something that they have seen online that you would have rather stayed buried in your past forever?  Haven’t we all.  Just a few years ago it didn’t really matter what the internet said about you because not very many people knew how to look for information.  Since search engines have gained popularity and over 90 percent of people say that they use search engines to find anything they want, it makes since that the problem of past indiscretions being saved indefinitely would become a problem.

Do it yourself online reputation repair

There are steps that you can take on your own to begin to repair any sort of negative images that pop up in an initial Google search.  To begin your self repair, pick your favorite search engine and simply type in your name and see what comes up.  Sometimes, a person with the same name as you will be the first thing that pops up.  If there isn’t any negativity then you may not want to worry about it, just update your social media accounts more often and your name will begin to be at the forefront of the searches. On the other hand, if the person that has the same name as you is a troublemaker, you may need to quickly begin damage control.

A good way to start damage control on your own is to beef up your own positive profiles and websites.  Search engines are becoming more sophisticated with every software update and therefore, they are getting better at giving the newest, most relevant information first.  One of the factors that search engines consider is the frequency of your updates and the content you provide to your users on your website or other personal pages.  Providing up to date information and regular updates will not only knock the negative things off of the first page of search results but it will also give whoever is searching for you current and up to date information about you, what you are trying to accomplish and how you plan on going about doing that.

After you begin to start and complete your online profiles, it may be a good idea to hire a reputation repair company, depending on the severity of the situation.  Most reputation repair companies are qualified to help you squash any negative press and they can also give you valuable tips on how to optimize your personal sites to make them appear at the top of your search engine results.  Not everyone needs a company to help them with their online appearance, if you can do it yourself you will be saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars a month in damage control costs, but if the damage is severe enough, a reputation repair software or company may be an excellent investment.

It can be unfair that this information lingers around long after it is relevant or because one customer was unsatisfied and they gave you a bad review, you’re stuck with it forever and there’s nothing you can do but earn enough good reviews to counter the bad.  A reputation repair company can help with this.  They can help you get the reviews you need to put any bad press to rest, once and for all.

Whether you decide that you can do it on your own or you decide to hire a reputation repair consulting firm, taking back your good name online is important.  In many cases potential employers and clients will perform a quick internet search of your name before they make any decisions and bad search results can haunt you unless you take matters into your own hands now and make your reputation what it should be.

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