Thursday, September 30, 2010

Calling out Anderson Cooper, Andrew Cuomo, Eliot Spitzer and CNN

Keeping Anderson Cooper, Eliot Spitzer, Andrew Cuomo and CNN Honest.  On September 28th and 29th 2010, Anderson Cooper in his Keeping Them Honest segment covered the story of Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox’s failure to discipline and/or terminate Andrew Shirvell, Asst. Attorney General of Michigan for “bullying” and harassing Chris Armstrong who is gay and the President of University of Michigan.

I am going to hold CNN and Anderson Cooper to the same standard. Why isn’t Anderson Cooper or CNN Eliot Spitzer current employer demanding that Cuomo investigate, discipline and/or terminated Russo for his actions that have left me broken emotionally and financially? Why did CNN hire Spitzer although my factual allegations which I have posted numerous times on CNN I-Report site could be easily investigated and substantiated?

Under Eliot Spitzer supervision Mike Russo, Asst NYS Attorney General filed several perjured declarations that denied this writer an African-American woman her right to have a jury trial during my Title VII employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. (97-cv-818(E). Why hasn’t CNN or Cooper featured my story that includes the fact that Eliot Spitzer in his role of New York Attorney General employed Mike Russo who is currently Acting Attorney General in charge of the Regional Office? Why is Mike Russo still employed by Andrew Cuomo?

On May 28, 2005, an Erie County, New York Assistant District Attorney reviewed my documentation of multiple perjury allegations against New York Attorney General's Office and various New York employees. After his reviewed he informed me that I should contact the New York State Attorney General Office because my allegations of perjury were supported by the documents that I submitted to his office. I informed him that New York State Attorney General’s Office including Eliot Spitzer was aware of my case and the factual perjury allegations.

The Asst DA told me that I should contact the United States Justice Department. I contacted the United States Justice Department and at their telephone request e-mailed extensive documentation on May 29, 30, and 31, 2005. In July 2005 Jane Wolfe and Allison Gioia both US Justice Department attorneys, reviewed my perjury allegations and direct evidence supporting the allegations and agreed with the Erie County Asst DA.

The United States Justice Department attorneys informed me that they were referring my case to the FBI for an investigation. I telephoned the FBI and was told that they could not confirm or deny the fact that my allegations were being investigated because of confidentiality rules. The FBI and United States Justice Department did not charge anyone with perjury in my case.

Could the answer be that Spitzer, Cuomo, the United States Justice Department, and CNN have a double standard because I am African-American?

Vera Richardson

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Did the Republicans and Bush Fool You and Will the Republicans Fool You Again?

One of my sisters and uncle voted for George W Bush in 2000. My sister voted for him because of his social issue stance on marriage. My uncle who retired from the US Navy after 27 years of service voted for him for national security reason. Both of them would later tell me that Bush fooled them.

Did the Republicans and Bush fool any of you?

The Democratic Party is working to get this economy back on track after eight years of lies, deceit, and greed.

The Republican Party is responsible for the mourning in America that is depicted in their recent campaign ad titled "Mouring in America".

Wake up America! You have a clear choice (quoting GWB you are either with us or against us). Don’t be fooled by slick ads and unrealistic promises because our children needs you to make the right choice this time in our nation's history.

Vera Richardson

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Newt Gingrich is the new Dick Cheney

Candidate Obama told us that change would not come easy to America. Many of President Obama supporters are weary and disappointed as the Republicans resisted the president and the change that his agenda and vision would produce. The hatred and racial overtones that were evident during the health care debate was unprecedented. The hatred and race baiting has continued during the elections.

As a Republican Party member Newt Gingrich isn’t running for elected office. Therefore it is possible for him to levy the outrages charges against President Obama that were previously done by Cheney.

Part of the party of No strategy during this election cycle is to float outrages statements by Palin, the Cheneys, Beck, Limbaugh, and Gingrich to dominate the news cycle and to demoralize Pres Obama’s base. The lies and half truths of the Republican Party must not go unchallenged. Our party needs people who can articulate Pres Obama’s positions with facts and conviction to counter the attacks from the Right.

The video in this report is a prime example that Pres Obama and the Democratic Party needs the professional left media. We must respond timely because this election is too important for average Americans and Pres Obama’s supporters. Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Ed and Rachel thank you for all you do for this country, minorities, and America.

African-American voters t is up to us WE MUST GO OUT AND VOTE ON NOVEMBER 2, 2010.

Vera Richardson

Thursday, September 9, 2010

President Obama Is Fired Up and Ready to Go Again!

I believe that perception is everything. President Obama’s performance on September 8, 2010, destroyed the perception that he wasn’t willing to launch an aggressive counter effort to keep Democratic control of Congress. His economic speech in Ohio was wonderful and motivated me even more.

The Republicans are engaged in doing and saying anything to try to control Congress. I believe that President Obama supporters especially African and Hispanic Americans will make the difference during the midterm elections. The urgency is now and the Democratic Party needs to keep both the House and Senate.

Those of you who don’t support Pres Obama because of the agenda and platform that got him elected I understand your pain. I voted for him for the same reasons that you all oppose him and I support and love him for the fact that he is fulfilling his campaign promises. That said I know that we will never agree on this subject but that’s okay.

If President Obama can take the daily verbal abusive and unfair political tactics used by the Republican Party African and Hispanic Americans must do our part by matching to the voting polls on November 2, 2010.

Vera Richardson

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Burden of Being the First African-American President

Ed Rollins views expressed in his opinion piece titled “Obama’s lame speeches on economy, Iraq” is one example of the burden that President Obama continuously faces because he is the first African-American president of the United States of America.

Unfortunately most African-Americans understand the double and sometimes triple standard of being black in America. Many of us know that we have to prove ourselves credible, worthy, intelligent enough, and/or loyal over and above our counterparts in any organization, position, race, and/or title. We are held to a higher standard and criticized when the same action or behavior by a white person would be reward or praised.

Our intelligence is challenged by ignorant statements and position by white people i.e. Rollins wrote in part: “The president slammed the Republicans one more time. This is his campaign theme, and obviously it isn't working. Besides, the more he blames the Republicans, the more difficult it will be to work with them in January, when they may have a majority or at least a lot more clout in the Congress.”

Are you serious Ed Rollins? Can the Republicans be any more difficult to work with than they have been during President Obama’s first nineteen months in office? I challenge Rollins to give me an example where the party of NO has “worked” with President Obama.

The opposition to the Obama Presidency has been intense and borders on the ridiculous. The Commander-in-Chief has been subjected to personal attacks (he is an American; his golf outfit; he shouldn’t take a vacation, and an accusation on the Fox News Network on August 31,2010, that President Obama exploited his family during the Iraq speech. The evidence to support this outrageous accusation ‘family pictures of the Obamas located on his desk in the Oval office’.

Rollins concluded his post with “In a few short weeks, we Americans get to exercise our voice and vote for a new Congress. I promise our voice and our message will be a lot clearer than these two pedestrian speeches the president just made.”

Mr. Rollins you and your party were wrong when you predicted victory for the Republicans in Congress in 2006 and 2008. Remember your party lost Congressional seats in both of those elections and the Democratic gained control of both the House and the Senate. You and your party were also wrong when you believe that John McCain, with Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate, would defeat then Senator Obama.

I promise you Mr. Rollins President Obama will achieve most of his campaign promises made to the American public. He will accomplish his vision for this country after he and the Democratic control Congress accepts the fact that the Republican Party will never cooperate with this country first African-American president.

Fortunately for President Obama and America the Republicans will get the same results as 2006 and 2008 during the 2010 midterm election cycle. The Republican Party will not gain the majority in Congress during the mid-term election because African-Americans, Independents, Progressive Democrats, Hispanics, and Americans of all races and colors who believe in equality and justice for all of our citizens will make history again. We will answer President Obama call to action and vote in record numbers during the November 2, 2010, midterm elections.

I am looking forward to November 2, 2010. I hope and pray that this time Ed Rollins and the Republican Party accept the will of the American voter and accept the fact that elections have consequences. I hope and pray that after the midterm elections John McCain will indeed place his country first and work to rebuilt this country and restore honor to the Presidency. I hope and pray that a Democratic controlled Congress will have the courage of conviction to vote for a bill because it is the best thing for the America people.

Vera Richardson
Author of Screwed by Former Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer