NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

The Fighting 29th tips us off that Randy Kuhl, the Republican Congressman from New York's 29th district, has procured $2.5 million in Federal loans for a bowling alley in Canandaigua called Roseland Bowl.  Normally this would be a sort of standard local politician move, helping out a small business owner.  Now, I'm a good liberal, so I'll point out that right near the bowling alley is a VA facility that just closed its acute psychiatric care facility, apparently due to funding cuts.  But that's not what's interesting here.

Kuhl voted against the supplemental and called it full of pork.  He's also quite pleased with himself with getting the money to the owner of the bowling alley, Jack Moran.

"Roseland Bowl is a great business and a fixture in the Canandaigua community," said Rep. Kuhl.  "This guaranteed loan will help Roseland Bowl by allowing the owners to restructure their debt to help improve the business and, importantly, save the 36 jobs there.  I thank Rural Development for their vital assistance."

Here's what's weird.  It's worth noting that Roseland Bowl's loan is coming from the Department of Agriculture, which is part of the executive branch and run by Bush partisan Mike Johanns.  That's useful to know because one of the main ways that the Republicans maintained power in Congress was through Congressional earmarks to vulnerable districts.  When the power to put Bridges to Nowhere disappeared with the Democratic takeover, it seems that in order for this political machine to work the executive branch would have to pick up the slack and push cash to critical districts.  And lo and behold Randy Kuhl is on Karl Rove's watch list as a vulnerable seat, which we know from a presentation given to personnel in the non-partisan General Services Administration.

Still, there's a good case to be made that getting a low-interest Federal lean to a private bowling alley is a good use of public funds, but funding our troops with the equipment in the supplemental that Bush will veto and Kuhl voted against is not.  After all, there's this.

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Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

Let's imagine that the $2.5M federal loan is about 3 percentage points below what it would have been otherwise commerically--say a loan at 6% instead of 9%.  The interest saved over the course of 5 years (though I imagine it's more likely a 10 year loan) is about $375,000.

That's a great return on the initial $1000 investment.  

Where do I sign up?

by Professor Foland 2007-04-05 05:35AM | 0 recs
$1000

pretty good investment.  /snark

Is there a more recent donation than 2003?  Because seriously, if the guy stopped giving money before applying for the federal loan, I would not say Mr. Moran's is doing anything wrong.

by John DE 2007-04-05 05:35AM | 0 recs
I'm sure Eric Massa will point that one out

Even I could write THAT campaign ad.

by mihan 2007-04-05 05:45AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

get a brain Moran!

by andy k 2007-04-05 06:13AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

I wonder how many more of the people on Karl's list that didn't initially make sense are involved in other scandals we have yet to find out about.

Somebody should start looking real closely at all the candidates Rove labeled as vulnerable who didn't seem initially vulnerable. Maybe Karl's list is more like a list of corrupt Republicans than it is a list of vulnerable Republicans.

by wiretapp 2007-04-05 06:17AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

More donations since 2003.  Lets see...I'll search 2002, 2004, and 2006 cycles, all donations in 14424
www.opensecrets.org says...a number more donations:

5/19/03 $1000 - bowling proprietors association
3/30/04 $1000 - bowling proprietors association
5/9/05  $1000 - bowling proprietors association
6/1/06  $1000 - bowling proprietors association

and the two NRCC donations.  Wonder who the BPA supports?
In 2006, the BPA gave $94,500 to Republicans and  $3000 to Dems (Ben Nelson), and $2500 to Joe Lieberman.  Kuhl got zip.
In 2004, the BPA gave $90,000 to Reps ($0 to Kuhl), and $3000 to Dems (Nick Rahall and James Oberstar )
In 2002, the BPA gave $33,800 to Republicans and
$6750 to Dems (Baucus, Collin Peterson, Karen Thurman, Dennis Cardoza).  Nothing to Kuhl.  

In 2000, 93% of their roughly $50k in donations went to Republicans, and in 1998, $35,400 in donations, 97% republican.

by JJCPA 2007-04-05 06:37AM | 0 recs
Front paged on Rochesterturning.com

http://rochesterturning.com/2007/04/05/k uhl-throws-a-gutter-ball/

If enough pressure and blowback, this could send Congressman Kuhl to early retirement.  Living in the district, there is a huge dissapointment over the closing of the acute psych ward during a time of war when it is desperately needed and essential for our veterans.

Now we know Kuhl is not just full of pork but manure as well.

by optimusprime 2007-04-05 06:40AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

This is why local blogs rock.

National blogs simply don't have the resources to delve into each Congressional seat at this level of detail.

by pontificator 2007-04-05 06:57AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

Good job, to both you and the people who are commenting with more information about it.  If I recall correctly, NY District 29 was a VERY close race, where Democrats almost turned it.  The guy who ran against Kuhl is possibly going to run again.  

Like someone said, "Even I could write the ad for that campaign."  All the opposing campaign needs is this information and they can poise their candidate up as an ethical guy looking for change, to clean up Washington.  Even if it's true.  That would be huge.  

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-04-05 07:43AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

I'm in Kuhl's district.  Netroots candidate Eric Massa almost beat him in '06 in this once-red district.  (49-51, I think.)

Massa is running again.  Kuhl is toast in '08.

by tex UnFairWitness 2007-04-05 08:10AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

Sweet!  Goodluck!  Remember something.  You can burn money and not get anywhere, but if you are organized, it's hard not to make money.  Volunteers make a HUGE difference.  Encourage people to donate time to the campaign and it will pay off!

by JeremiahTheMessiah 2007-04-05 08:12AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

Massa has a good organization.  Everywhere, his signs way outnumbered Kuhl's, for example.  It can only get better.

A funny thing about Kuhl - he had Cheney featured in a fundraising dinner that did Kuhl no good.

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Cheney _stumps_for_GOPer_who_bullied_0912.html

As DemGenii says below, with support from the DCCC, Massa should win this time.

by tex UnFairWitness 2007-04-05 08:26AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

Check out this from back when Chris and I went out there:

http://www.mydd.com/story/2006/10/17/151 136/00

It was an exciting and cool time and with Eric running again I expect much of the same.

by Mark J. Bowers 2007-04-05 09:36AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

Kuhl is a weak incumbent who has gotten around 51% in the last couple of elections.  Massa would very likely be a Congressman today if the DCCC had not let him down in the clutch money-wise.  Massa is running again and has a great chance.  With strong support from the DCCC and the netroots he could win, especially with scandals like this.

by DemGenii 2007-04-05 08:13AM | 0 recs
Re: NY 29: Bowling-Gate?

Check this out... the guy that got the money headed a GOP friendly PAC for 3 years!

http://rochesterturning.com/2007/04/05/j ack-moran-bowling-legend-or-gop-brownnos e/

by jaysmith36 2007-04-05 08:43AM | 0 recs
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