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VOTING FOR ONE OF YOUR OWN IN THE PRIMARY
# 1. 6/11/12 12:59 AM by dave
After the Jane Corwin fiasco, you'd think the Republican chairmen would have learned something.
If you can continue to have David on your show, and Kathy Weppner continues to have him on her show in Buffalo, maybe, just maybe, we'll actually get a decent person to run against Hochul AND send a message to the Republican establishment.
# 2. 6/11/12 1:47 AM by Diane - Utah
Just listened to Dennis Prager, and he brought up some good points. "No peace activist ever liberated Auschwitz, it was the military." They did it by fighting for what they believed in to save others from communism. Most people who have served this country in this capacity, truly love it to put their lives on the line to defend all that it stands for. I appreciate them and would probably vote for someone like this rather than someone with deep pockets.
# 3. 6/11/12 6:39 AM by little john - Mt.Morris,N.Y.
I enjoyed your very informative column. It speaks volumes about the how the democratic process of our republic has been manipulated into being an endangered species; if not nearly extinct. Bureaucratic blunders by "leaders?", of both parties, have denatured the freedom, liberty, and justice for all, millions of veterans have put their life on the line for...
So, here's to you David Bellavia, Godspeed; and may the force be with you...
“So, other than kill people, what do you do?”
"I help people.
I don't enslave them,
and tax them to death,
take away their freedom,
take away their liberty, and distort justice
to suit the whims of your
AXM the Amish "X" Marine
with an attitude.
a homeless Vietnam Combat Veteran
denied any vote, by "default",
in a "godless, NYS family court.
# 4. 6/11/12 6:50 AM by Jodi - Wayne County East
The end run around our national sovereignty and individual liberties is going to be attempted through U.N. International treaties.
# 5. 6/11/12 7:04 AM by Gary M - Hornell NY, USA
Most politicians claim to serve, but don't know what true service is.
# 6. 6/11/12 7:09 AM by Tom Dey - Springwater, NY
Those who greeted us as "baby-killers" as we de-planed at LAX were assuaging their guilt borne of simple unacknowledged cowardice. They fled to college deferrals while we went to war. "Conscientious objection" became epidemic - conscience of convenience. And their attitudes persist to this day and will undoubtedly follow them to the grave. The blowhard's "challenge" reflects his guilt, not incompetence on David's part. He deserved a rap on the snout, but made sure he'd bloviate where retaliation would be withheld. All mouth - no manliness or class. The Party Bosses (as McCain's handlers) are the ones who lost the last presidential election.
# 7. 6/11/12 8:21 AM by hc
Bellavia over Collins?
Hey, why stop there? I want Bellavia over Romney!!!
# 8. 6/11/12 8:22 AM by Chris Hayes - MSNBC
Stop trying to make all of these military people sound like heros.
# 9. 6/11/12 8:29 AM by GEORGE (THE OTHER ONE) - GANANOQUE ONTARIO CANADA
So Bob, and I mean this with all due respect, your column illustrates that the political blow hard who asked that deliberately stupid and insulting question, had a point. Other than his military service, what has David Bellavia done that would qualify him for political service?
Unlike your examples, there have been tens of millions of servicemen who did not have political careers. Clearly military service does not qualify a person for political service. And equally clearly, your column played right into that blow hard's hands by focussing only on Mr. Bellavia's military career and nothing else. You illustrated that Blow Hard may have had a point.
So, other than his military service, what has David Bellavia done that would qualify him for political service? Both Mr. Bellavia and the voters in his riding deserve a better and more informative response.
Editor's Note: way to not get it, moron.
# 10. 6/11/12 8:35 AM by OldVietVet - Rochester, NY
Unfortunately, the Republicans here in N.Y. (and elsewhere-Mass. for example)seem to represent the self centered ambitions and concerns of individuals who know how to go along and get along,for their own benefit, and are cozy with the Democratic Libs,whos ideas trump the agenda for all. Tea Party anyone? Term limits anyone? Or will the nightmare on elm street, starring B.Hussein Obama continue?
# 11. 6/11/12 8:39 AM
The sentiment driving this column is inarguable, but the conclusion is incomplete. Being a millionaire or a former County Executive hardly makes a man unfit for elected office. And having served in the military doesn't automatically make someone the best man for a job in politics. No one should doubt Bellavia's commitment to our country, but commitment does not inherently mean he's up for this particular job.
I hope that, before June 26, you do your readers in this district the courtesy of actually exploring the deeper qualifications of both men, rather than picking sides based on factors that do not necessarily indicate competence for the job they're both after. I would prefer to see Congress filled with men and people like Bellavia, but only if those people are there for the right reasons.
# 12. 6/11/12 9:06 AM by drp - rochester
sadly bellavia will probably lose to the money man.it's a slow sink to the bottom. money rules the decisions and love of country is scorned a little more each day. as the politically correct bow to people they are too scared to offend.
whatever happened to our backbone.
# 13. 6/11/12 9:19 AM by kittynana - Lewiston NY (come visit! Voted Best Small Town for Food in America by Rand McNally!)
How these men, and now woman, can come back to live normal lives is beyond my comprehension. The horrors they have seen would put me in the fetal position for good.
God Bless them all. I mean that.
# 14. 6/11/12 9:26 AM by Dave - Buffalo
Chris Collins is a very intelligent man who surprisingly won an election in a heavily Democrap county. He did a good job in his one term.
He just needs a personality transplant.
Please give us Mr. Bellavia's web site address so we can learn more about this hero.
Editor's Note: had mr. collins done a very good job, don't you think he might have been re-elected?
# 15. 6/11/12 9:56 AM by Corporal Stan - Williamsville
David should run for a lesser office. He needs to gain experience in the public arena before he attempts to run for congress. His military background is simply not enough of a qualification.
I have a better chance of winning the lottery than he does of being a congressman.
# 16. 6/11/12 10:07 AM by Mike - Mount Laurel, NJ
Bellavia has been running for congress for four years. He is turning into a professional candidate. One of these years he may get close.
# 17. 6/11/12 10:20 AM by Lester - Grove, NY
I wish David the best of luck but I am afraid that with all that he has seen and done during his numerous deploymnents he may just one day snap. After the killing stops you're a little messed up in the head. The trauma comes back and bites you. Its spontaneous and cannot be predicted.
# 18. 6/11/12 10:28 AM by A Screwed Voter
It is important for Bellavia to remember that we have the best government that money can buy and that is why Collins will win.
# 19. 6/11/12 10:30 AM by moron hater
#3 littlejohn - who helps people? Is this what you are saying David said? what the heck are you even talking about???! You seem like a nut case. too bad the Republicans are against helping the vets and the reason you are homeless without mental health services. a republican will be the 1st to throw a veteran in prison without caring or to admit there is even homelessness in this country!
# 20. 6/11/12 10:42 AM by Bob - Irondequoit
What about Buerkle? She was challenged by the very wealthy Mark Bitz who was willing to put up tons of his own cash. The county Republican parties almost, if not, unamimously endorsed Buerkle.
# 21. 6/11/12 10:49 AM
To #9: George, excellent point. Candidates should not be chosen by knee-jerk reactions.
# 22. 6/11/12 11:16 AM by Old Geezer
During the Tony's last night they did a scene from The Book of Mormons musical. They intimated that the Mormon religion believes that Christ visited America. Is this true? Do Mormons really believe this?
# 23. 6/11/12 11:24 AM by Randy - Gowanda
To #21 You have to remember that Bob's columns are almost always based on half truths and knee jerk reactions. Today's column is perfect example.
# 24. 6/11/12 11:58 AM by Tom - Chili
Bob, you said something about how it was wrong for the owner of a dog mauled to death by another dog to want that dog put down in return. I think we're both pro death penalty. How is that any different than wanting the murderer of a loved one (Hunan being) of yours to be executed?
Editor's Note: humans have moral agency
# 25. 6/11/12 12:21 PM by Matt - Rochester, NY
I generally don't vote Republican, but your info on David Bellavia, and your endorsement of him, is excellent. I agree with you on this one, and the choice seems pretty obvious to me if you are a voting Republican. I'll take just about any American war vet over a millionaire any day!
# 26. 6/11/12 12:46 PM by GEORGE (the other one) - GANANOQUE ONTARIO CANADA
Oh, I got it Bob.
We all got it.
The would-be emperor has no clothes and your column clearly points that out. Military service is a great and honoured thing, but it does not automatically qualify one for political office, which may account for your successes in the field too.
# 27. 6/11/12 12:59 PM
Anyone who doubts the value of military service should just do one week of boot camp.
And then he should look at the man next to him and decide if he would give his life to save the other guy.
Then he would get just a small taste of what it means to serve.
There is no other way to describe what becomes a way of life for those that do serve.
It is a shame that there are a great number of people who just do not understand.
Number one of which is Barack Obama. The phony who conned his own people and a nation.
# 28. 6/11/12 2:52 PM by Larry - East of East Webster
Bellavia may be the best candidate for the job. So far, it doesn't sound like he has any private sector jobs, just government jobs. Bob has taken off his cop lover hat and put on his service person hat. All service persons are heroes, according to Bob. Since WW2, Korea, and to the most extent
Nam, persons going into the armed services were just looking for a government job because they couldn't find a private sector job that would have them, or their father wouldn't give them a job. What has Bellavia done besides collect government money? Taxpayer money.
# 29. 6/11/12 4:34 PM by Matt
#27 the Romney campaign reported that they raised over 76.8 million in May which is more than Obama's campaign has raised. Romney has Goldman Sachs behind him and all the ones the democrats call the polluters. Neither him or Obama has been in the military but Romney has the big bucks behind him with all the super PACs. money talks bull sh** walks and Romney will be our next President you can count on that and take that to the bank! Our national debt will be down in no time because he is one who will keep his promise and stop the spending and do the cuts. He's leaving it up the each of us to create jobs and not depend on the rich ones. They deserve to retire. 3211
# 30. 6/11/12 5:08 PM by Mike
unless he's been deprogrammed by those who know how to do it, I don't want someone who's killed lots of people to be the President.
# 31. 6/11/12 5:15 PM by Larry - Greece,NY
#17- Are you sure about that? Perhaps you should check out "Stolen Valor" the book & web site. Burkett has done his research VERY thoroughly!!
# 32. 6/12/12 12:49 AM by dave
"Editor's Note: had mr. collins done a very good job, don't you think he might have been re-elected? "
Chris Collins was doing a pretty good job cleaning up the mess that is Erie County, until the EC Republican Committee pulled him aside and said, "Chris, we don't do things like that here" and clipped his wings a bit.
As for reelection, the Republican party figured that with name recognition, a heavily Republican electorate and incumbency, Chris was probably unbeatable. What no one figured on was the DNC swooping into Erie County and spending lots of money to discredit, besmirch and trash Chris Collins in a nasty campaign that featured Chicago-style fraud and corruption. This resulted in only the second Democrat County Executive in ages, AND is the reason Buffalo was 'rewarded' with a huge payout from Uncle Andy in Albany.
# 33. 6/13/12 9:04 AM by Some Guy
I'd be curious if David would have voted to declare war on Iraq in 2003. And if so, would he regret his decision now?
No more nation-building, I want to be able to travel by airplane and not have some G.E.D. drone feeling up my junk, or violating my wife or daughter. The terrorists won because the people bought the fear nonsense hook, line, and sinker. I want my Constitution back, I just hope David fully appreciates its original intent now after signing up to defend it, because Iraqis have the same natural rights Americans have, and if they don't, then there's probably something wrong with our education system that leads us to believe some pigs are more equal than others.
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