Saturday, August 22, 2009

Aborn DA rival, Cy Vance, Under Heat for backing anti Abortion, Pro Gun candidate

Manhattan district attorney candidate Cy Vance Jr. - who lived in Seattle for 16 years - donated money to a Republican there who fought against gun control.

An examination of Vance's time in Seattle showed he gave $1,000 in 1998 to Christopher Bayley, a GOP Senate candidate who attacked the incumbent Democrat for supporting mandatory trigger locks and a ban on semiautomatic firearms.

Bayley, a former prosecutor in the Seattle area, sent gun owners across the state literature backing a proposal to let visitors to Washington state carry a concealed pistol if they had an out-of-state license.

Bayley also opposed abortion rights and supported a measure that would roll back state affirmative action programs.

Richard Aborn, one of Vance's opponents in the Democratic primary, jumped on Vance's support of Bayley, calling it wrongheaded.

"Manhattan residents can be assured that anti-choice, anti-gun control, anti-affirmative action zealots running for office will never have my support," Aborn said.

"We are significantly better off with the Democrat having won that election, and Mr. Vance and I simply have an honest disagreement about that," Aborn said.

Vance defended his support for Bayley as "appropriate." He called him a "very well-regarded" lawyer.

"If you look at my giving record, I think you will find that I am an active and repeat, almost recidivist, donor to Democratic candidates around the country," Vance said.

Aides said Bayley is the only Republican to ever received Vance's support. He has supported a slew of Democrats, including President Obama.

Vance, who is counting on Manhattan's liberal-leaning Democrats who typically vote in the primary to support him, moved to Seattle in 1988 to build a name for himself outside the shadow of his famous dad.

His father, Cy Vance Sr., was secretary of state in the Carter administration.

The winner of the Democratic primary on Sept. 15 is likely to win November's general election to replace longtime DA Robert Morgenthau.


Anonymous said...

Pro-Life and Pro-Second Amendment. Vance has the vote of all of my NYC family and friends. Thanks for the heads-up, Jeremy!

Anonymous said...

Anti-abortion and Pro-Gun candidates have my vote!!!!

Cal the Conservative

Anonymous said...

Nice try Aborn...hit him on his campaing contributions from five years ago. You better have more than that because you footing is getting very unsure as time goes by.

Anonymous said...

I had the displeasure of meeting Cy Vance and working for his campaign. He knows nothing about the issues and his people running his campaign are all a bunch of Ivy League educated idiots who not only don't know whether they are coming or going but that smoke reefer on the job. They also refused to pay some of their canvassers. I think these issues need to come to light. Cy Vance does not care about the people or their issues. Because being born with a silver spoon in his mouth he is not even on the same human level. For the record in between breaks I had time to vote. And my vote went to Leslie Crocker-Baker. Though Vance won I feel my voice was heard. And one day God will get him.