Western NY PAC Endorses Kathleen Rice for Attorney General

Buffalo-based Women’s TAP Fund is dedicated to electing qualified pro-choice women to represent Western NYers

BUFFALO, NY (Sept. 5, 2010) – The Women’s TAP (Taking Action in Politics) Fund, a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to the election of qualified pro-choice women candidates running for local and statewide public office in Western New York, has endorsed Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice for attorney general.

“Our mission is to help elect qualified pro-choice women candidates who will fight for Western New York, and District Attorney Kathleen Rice fits all of those criteria,” said TAP Fund President Jane Griffin.  “We are very impressed with DA Rice’s record as a legal advocate for not just the residents of her county but for all New Yorkers, in the way her work has been replicated across the state.  Whether it’s public corruption, corporate responsibility, the scourges of illegal drugs and guns or the tragic epidemic of drunk driving, DA Rice has been a leader.  We are proud to endorse her.”

If elected, DA Rice would be the first woman attorney general in the history of New York.

She has also been endorsed by feminist icon Gloria Steinem, the National Organization for Women NYS PAC, Buffalo native and Criminal Justice Services Commissioner Denise O’Donnell, EMILY’s List and the Women’s Campaign Forum.

“The inspiring, trailblazing women of the TAP Fund have welcomed me so warmly during my visits to Buffalo and I cannot be more proud to have their endorsement.  I pledge to make my candidacy and my administration one that always keeps the priorities of Western New York and of women, children and families at the forefront.”

DA Rice has been the District Attorney of Nassau County since 2006, after she beat a 31-year Republican incumbent to become the first woman elected DA in Long Island’s history.   She has garnered national acclaim for her groundbreaking work targeting Internet crimes, drunk driving, the illegal drug market and corporate responsibility, including fighting the world’s largest corporation, Wal-Mart, after the Black Friday trampling death of an employee in 2008.  Prior to her current position, DA Rice was an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn and an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District in Pennsylvania.

DA Rice was the highest vote-getter at the recent State Democratic Convention and has raised more money than any of the five other candidates for attorney general.  She is the only woman running for the office and if elected would become the first female attorney general in the history of New York.

She is running in the Democratic primary for attorney general on a platform to reform Albany through a more empowered office; to hold the bad players on Wall Street accountable to the public; and making the Office of the Attorney General more responsive to more common, local problems like those she is addressing as a district attorney.  DA Rice is the only candidate who is not a product of Albany or Wall Street, and the only one who has experience running a large office of hundreds of public interest attorneys.  She has both the independence and the experience that is needed to help restore the public’s faith in state government.

For more information about Kathleen Rice, visit www.kathleenrice.com.

About the Women’s TAP Fund, from www.tapfund.com:

“As a result of Operation Rescue in the spring of 1992, a small group of women decided that a political action committee was needed to elect qualified women to public office in Western New York.  At one of the first meetings, it was decided the we not only wanted to see more women in public office, we wanted these women to be pro-choice.  We also decided that we would be non-partisan in our support of candidates.

“At first, we considered becoming an arm of an existing organization or PAC but after some research, we saw that this was not feasible.  We did not want to be affiliated with only one party and we realized that there were other vehicles available to women on a federal level. What was needed was that vehicle in our own back yard.

“By mid-November 1992, our by laws were written and filed.  We decided that we would focus our attention on Erie and Niagara counties only, allowing us to fund candidates for local and state wide elections. 

“The TAP Fund was launched at a reception for Geraldine Ferraro in December 1992 to a room filled with involved, excited and energized women.

“To date, we have funded 191 races for women seeking elective office from school board elections to NYS Supreme Court races; 95 of them have attained their goal.  The TAP Fund has given over $440,000 to our candidates over the last 10 years as well as generating another $130,000 in funds bundled directly to TAP candidates.”

2 Comments

  1. Michael Clarke Said,

    September 3, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

    Wonderful!! You have chosen the best, most qualified candidate. The NY AG’s office will soar under Kathleen Rice’s leadership! Thank you!

  2. Arthur Welser Said,

    September 8, 2010 @ 2:13 am

    Kathleen Rice for AG

    I have to apologize to the people of the State of NY; I’ve been biting my tongue, fearful that if I write what I truly think of Attorney Schniederman it will lead to Anna Lewis’s defeat.
    There are 2 BIG secrets in NYS. The one that is the least kept BIG secret is that Prime Minister Sheldon Silver is a Personal Injury Lawyer and he refuses to bring tort reform before the Assembly floor.
    The second AND THE ABSOLUTELY BEST KEPT SECRET IS THAT THERE ARE 20 MEMBERS OF THE NYS BAR, 19 PRACTICING LAW IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE! If you had 20 farm owners (Ag still the biggest industry in NYS), 20 doctors or 20 Commercial Fisherman in the Senate you would say there is something fishy going on in NYS government. Instead we have those that live off the law practicing the law. We don’t have a government for the people; buy the people, of the people. We have a government for the attorneys; buy the attorneys of the attorneys.
    Do you honestly think that if Silver were replaced by a non-attorney that allowed tort reform on the assembly floor that tort reform with 19 attorneys practicing law, some from some pretty hefty size law firms, that tort reform is going to break committee in the Senate.
    It’s Schneiderman that has shot himself in the foot here, for he has shown his hand. No one seeking the office of Attorney General should be showing favoritism toward one candidate or another. It shows just what kind of Attorney General we will be electing. Do you think if he suspects wrong doing he will go after Espaillat, his 18 former fellow members of the NYS Bar or will he put that folder on the bottom? Why isn’t there an indictment against State Senator George Winner (attorney George Winner)? Do you think another attorney in the Senate or Assembly will be prosecuted by State Senator-attorney Eric Schneiderman if he is elected Attorney General? I think not, like State Senator George Winner, they will be allowed to quietly retire, pardoned not by the Governor, not denied their $80,000 pension,never forced to give any money back to NYS, instead pardoned by Eric Schneiderman, AG!

    The NYS bar already controls the assembly with Prime Minister Sheldon Silver at the helm, 20 seats in the Senate, now, if elected, one of those elite 20 is going to be AG!
    Schneiderman is the last person we want to elect as AG and because of conflict of interest issues as a partner in the Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Law Firm; he should never have been elected to the state senate in the first place.
    Eric Schneiderman needs to stop endorsing members of the “Good Ol’ Boys Club”, go back to practicing law at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and we need Anna Lewis because she is the complete opposite of the coin of her of the 19 practicing attorneys, to be elected to the NYS Senate

    Schneiderman and Lewis are not colleagues; they are very much rivals and travel in very different circles, that’s why it may not be the end of the World, but she has to be one of the newly elected (no conflict of interest) members of the 2011 NYS Senate.

    It burns me that Schneiderman is giving and receiving all of the endorsements, when he should be slithering back under a rock at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart