Do you drink wine? Do you tend to get drunk and talk politics?
Are you a real pain in the ass at parties? Yes? Then this
page is for you! Here we (and possibly you) can post
our admittedly opinionated political rants. (Which, hopefully,
will keep WinoBob out of fist fights at future wine gatherings!)
Actually, we were forced to create this page as people kept sending
me political stuff which didn't quite fit anywhere else. In
fact, despite the page title, there really isn't much here that is
related to wine. Anyway, without further ado, we present...
I must say it’s an historic day. Yes
we finally have a media that will support the President and
talk about all the good things in this Country. I am sorry
to see him go. Yes, tonight is also the end of the Keith
Olbermann show. You think his ratings are in the toilet
now, with President Bush out of office, Keith Olbermann has
no show. It was fun to see Ole Jimmy Legs twitching and
convulsing as he exploded anything Bush into the payload
from the Enola Gay. Now, his show will just have a large
Valentine displayed for three quarters of an hour. He will
then find something to say about Bill O’Reilly then sign
off. Can MSNBC pay the bills with Keith giddy and bubbling
over the lunch President Obama has or the new song he loaded
into his iPod? One hopes the "hate Bush" crowd, which was
in full throat as 43’s helicopter departed, will calm down
now that they control the stage. One hopes class finds a
foothold. We at WinoStuff wish the new President success
because our country needs it at this time. Based on the
issues with the transition team, I am sure we will have
plenty to comment on, it’s just that we will have to dig
deeper. The ass-hat media will cover this administration as
they did the Kennedy administration. The Sergeant Schultz
technique has been ushered in to the Times, Washington Post
and Boston Globe.
In celebration of the event, I started
drinking at 9am. Unfortunately the
2005 Geyser Peak Cabernet
Sauvignon Alexander Valley did not do the trick.
It was not weighty enough for the times. I figure I would
need a cabernet to absorb the oratory excellence. I
probably should have selected a pinot noir. I would not
select the Geyser again; it didn’t bring much to the table,
or the glass.
While listening to the radio, I was
cruising the net and found this picture.
Jesus that will give you nightmares.
For those old enough, Superman must not have gotten all the
Mole People back to middle earth. Oh, that’s a real
person? What, that is a Congressman from California? I
thought California was full of beautiful people…
So with our country now being lead by
the 44th President, I say- God, bless America.
It has been quite sometime since we heard
about failed Air America host, Al Franken, but it seems that
there is a great deal of trouble brewing for his Senate bid.
The story below will bring you up to speed. It seems the
self proclaimed savior for the Democratic Senate just can’t own
up to his past. Fortunately, as the race gets closer,
Minnesotans are looking more closely at the financial problems
and positions the SNL satirist espoused and they are not liking
what they see. Prior to this, most criticism came from the
Republicans, but when the Party you are running with turns on
you, it is not a good sign. The one bright spot is that Al
Franken’s approval numbers keep President Bush from being the
worst rated public figure in the country. Thanks, Al!
porn story has party in a lather
KEVIN DIAZ and CONRAD WILSON, Star Tribune
WASHINGTON - A week before Minnesota DFLers endorse a U.S.
Senate candidate, behind-the-scenes rumblings about a
satirical Playboy magazine article written by candidate Al
Franken eight years ago have broken into the open.
those weighing in are Democrat Jim Oberstar, dean of the
Minnesota delegation in the U.S. House, and New York Sen.
Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial
Thursday, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., called the sexually
explicit article offensive and potentially damaging to
Franken and other Democratic candidates in Minnesota.
Franken campaign and backers of the candidate said the work
was merely satire and faulted McCollum for dividing the
woman, a mother, a former teacher, and an elected official,
I find this material completely unacceptable," McCollum said
of Franken's piece, published in 2000 under the headline
tell you it's not playing comfortably in St. Paul, and I
can't imagine this politically radioactive material is doing
very well in suburban and rural districts," McCollum said.
Minnesota Reps. Tim Walz and Keith Ellison expressed similar
concerns in interviews Thursday with the Associated Press.
Ellison said the Franken article made him "uncomfortable,"
citing passages on oral sex and bestiality. Walz called the
piece "pretty inappropriate."
McCollum supported Franken rival Mike Ciresi, who dropped
out of the race in March. She said she has not talked to
Ciresi about the Playboy article, nor has she encouraged him
to reenter the race, although others have.
was not available for comment Thursday.
McCollum said Franken's piece came up at a weekly meeting of
Minnesota Democrats in Congress on May 21. "The overwhelming
majority of us thought it was a serious political problem,"
she said. "Others thought it was a problem but that it would
Oberstar, one of those who attended the meeting, said that
"some concerns were raised" but that he concluded the matter
"is best left to the delegates to sort out at the
concerns coming out of the meeting came to the attention of
Schumer, who talked to Oberstar about them.
spokesman Matthew Miller declined to discuss the
conversation, other than to say, "We support Al Franken and
we believe he will beat Norm Coleman in November."
Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" star, wrote the
piece for the January 2000 edition of Playboy, describing a
virtual reality sex laboratory involving researchers and
"sexbots" (sex robots) at the fictional Minnesota Institute
of Titology, or MIT.
could describe the incredible sex the three of us had, but
this is a piece of journalism about the future of
pornography and not one of those cheesy letters from a horny
reader," Franken wrote.
McCollum said the piece, in which sex acts are explicitly
described, is tantamount to pornography, noting that the
Star Tribune would not publish it in its entirety.
campaign spokesman Andy Barr fired back at McCollum
Thursday, saying "it's unfortunate that she's trying to
create divisions in our party rather than working with other
DFLers to take on [Coleman]."
Franken supporters took a similar line. "I know that
Representative McCollum was a co-chair of Mike Ciresi's
campaign, but at a time when Minnesotans are hurting, it's
extremely disappointing that she would rather destroy party
unity than focus on beating Norm Coleman," said Javier
Morillo, president of Service Employees International Union
Franken's backers have deflected similar criticism of his
past writing, saying that Minnesota voters understand that
he was a satirist.
Franken being a satirist isn't something that just emerged,"
said state Sen. Mee Moua, DFL-St. Paul.
Countered McCollum: "This isn't satire. It's a serious
Franken's chief rival for the DFL endorsement, University of
St. Thomas professor Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, has stayed out
of the fray. "We are spending every moment and every
resource connecting with DFL delegates," said Chris
McNellis, Nelson-Pallmeyer's campaign spokesperson.
In this highly charged
election season, we are adding a new feature that we call "ABC"
Given the number of very talented candidates (or potential
candidates or could-be candidates or reformed child molesters), why
would anyone vote for another Clinton? Enjoy...
Why not Hillary? Other than
the fact that she will lie, cheat or steal to get whatever
she wants, here are a few reasons:
criticizes our national health care situation and
promises to remedy the problem if elected. (When
she last had a chance to do fix the problem, she failed
didn't study up on Iraq before the big test.
She claims to
have the most experience for the job. That's like
saying that Gisele Bündchen is qualified to play in the
Superbowl. (Maybe that's a bad example.
Gisele is totally hot and Hillary is totally... uhhh...
She stole the
friggin' silverware from the White House when she and
Winehouse? Even though Amy is a known crack head, drug
abuser and rehab opponent, she is simply skankalicious.
Here are some more reasons:
She has a
sultry voice and a dirty little British accent that
would lull us all into a false sense of security during
her State of the Union addresses.
supports the military (See the "Hello Sailor" tattoo on
like 85 lbs. That skinnly little bod would be easy
to haul around on Airforce One. Fuel consumption
would be like nothing. She could be considered the
"Green" candidate (and I'm not talking about the funk on
Could this be far from the truth?
Agenda for the Democratic National
Convention for 2008:
7:00 P.M. Opening flag burning
7:15 P.M. Pledge of Allegiance to U.N.
7:30 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a
7:30 till 8:00 P.M. Nonreligious
prayer and worship. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.
8:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a
8:05 P.M. Ceremonial tree hugging.
8:15- 8:30 P.M. Gay Wedding -
Barney Frank, presiding.
8:30 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a
8:35 P.M. Free Saddam Rally. Cindy
Sheehan & Susan Sarandon.
9:00 P.M. Keynote speech. The
Proper Etiquette For Surrender - Former French President
9:15 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a
9:20 P.M. Collection to benefit
Osama Bin Laden kidney transplant fund.
9:30 P.M. Unveiling of plan to free
freedom fighters from Guantanamo Bay -
:40 P.M. Why I hate the Military
- a short talk by William Jefferson Clinton.
9:45 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a
9:50 P.M. Dan Rather presented
Truth in Broadcasting award by Michael Moore.
9:55 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a
10:00 P.M. How George Bush
and Donald Rumsfeld Brought Down the World
Trade Center Towers - Howard Dean.
10:30 P.M. Nomination of Hillary
Rodham Clinton by Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
11:00 P.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a
11:05 P.M. Al Gore reinvents the
11:15 P.M. Our Troops are War
Criminals - John Kerry.
11:30 P.M. Coronation Of Mrs.
12:00 A.M. Ted Kennedy proposes a
12:05 A.M. Bill asks Ted to drive
WinoOJ sent this to us. I found it to be
Subject: Father/Daughter Talk
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college.
Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a
very liberal Democrat, and among other liberal ideals, was
very much in favor of higher taxes to support more
government programs, in other words "redistribution of
She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather
staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed.
Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and
the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her
father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to
keep what he thought should be his.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition
to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more
government programs. The self-professed
objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the
truth and she indicated so to her father. He
responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had
a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to
maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult
course load and was constantly studying, which left her
no time to go out and party like other people she knew.
She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't
really have many college friends because she spent all
her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, 'How is your friend
Audrey doing?' She replied, 'Audrey is barely
getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she
never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She
is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast.
She's always invited to all the parties and lots of
times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's
too hung over.'
Her wise father asked his daughter, 'Why don't you go to
the Dean's office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA
and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0?
That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that
would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.'
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's
suggestion, angrily fired back, 'That's a crazy idea,
how would that be fair? I've worked really hard
for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of
hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward
her degree. She played while I worked my tail
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently,
'Welcome to the Republican party.'
I call this entry
I used to make fun of
the weathermen and their low level of accuracy. Most
weathermen bat in Bob Ueker-like lifetime averages when it comes
to predicting the snowfall, big storms or to a degree the amount
of sunshine. However, I am starting to see their
brilliance compared to the political punditry flowing during
this election. Yes, I confess, I am the one demo in the
45-55 range that actually watches MSNBC. I have replaced
watching Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show with
and Countdown. Mr. Stewart is actually more fair
and more informative and less in the tank regarding the
candidates for 2008. I sent a letter to Comedy Central
asking if they would please hire the Matthews-Oblermann team.
I am seeing them as the next Abott and Costello or Lewis and
In summary, MSNBC had
been on the elect Hillary bandwagon until Iowa. Then Obama
was king, until New Hampshire. The republicans would be
saddled with a brokered convention because the democrats were
all back on board the Hillary Ballbanger. After Super
Tuesday, McCain, for better or worse is the clear front-runner
and with Romney out of the race, he can move into general
election mode. And this week, the words of brokered
convention darted around the democrats.
So how is it that
Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann (the razzle candy of MSNBC)
keep their jobs? At what point do the suits of the network
say these two are editorialists and just pulling stuff out of
their ass like anyone. Hell, just like a drunken stick
figure. I can be as inaccurate as them. So here I
go.., when all is said and done, the Clinton campaign cartel
will destroy the reputation of Mr. Obama. The damage will
not just ensure Hillary is nominated; it will render Mr. Obama
damaged beyond recognition for elections to come.
Unfortunately, the ass hat media will not bring the storyline of
the democrats eating their own and pushing the African American
community back into the 1950’s in political terms. The
front-page stories would resound with the destruction of Mr.
Obama if it were a republican challenger doing this to him.
I predict that it
will be a Hillary vs McCain election and Bill will be so close
to tasting the White House again that he will prematurely
ejaculate his attacks on John McCain, handing the White House to
John. That will be the last straw and a quiet divorce for
the Clintons will take place within a year. Take that to
the bank. And if I am wrong, look for me on MSNBC next
year as a special reporter.
Here is one for the limp noodle,
Merlot-sucking razzle candy of our generation. For those
too young to know what razzle candy is, let me explain.
Razzles were marketed as a confusing treat as some saw it as a
candy and some saw it as gum. This is what Keith Olbermann
is to media. He is a sports person, yet MSNBC calls him a
newsperson, and the left wing calls him their mouthpiece.
What we do know is that he isn’t objective though he looks the
camera straight on and lies that he’s a journalist. He
wants to be Edward R. Murrow and Warner Wolf. The Internet
is rife with his attacks on conservatives for twisting and
distorting information. Unfortunately, Mr. Olbermann
usually twists and distorts his position to make his point.
Just ask one simple question, if he were a true journalist
wouldn’t there be a non-conservative as "worst person" just once
in ten years? The funniest part of Keith’s agenda-based
show is the people he brings on to support his point of view.
I once saw him doing a segment on our National Security and his
expert on the topic was Rachel Maddcow of the Air America radio
network. Now which administration did that talk show
hostess work in? Google Olbermann and merlot and read all
about his smooth ways with women.
But the article below tells a very
interesting point the left media will go to protect one of their
mouthpieces. That’s it. From now on, I will no
longer read Playboy for the articles, those biased bastards…
MONDAY JAN 14,
Playboy Magazine Needs More Olbermann Fan Reactions
interview in the October 2007 issue of Playboy Magazine garnered
a lot of attention, thanks mostly to his "Fox
News is worse than Al Qaeda"
comment. In this month's Playboy Magazine, the Dear Playboy page
is littered with negative reaction to the Olbermann interview.
anonymous emailer directed TVNewser to BloggingOlbermann.com, a
fan site of Olbermann's. Becky, who runs the site,
tells the story
of how Playboy editor
contacted her looking for a positive letter in support of
Olbermann to offset the slew of negative letters Playboy
Becky agreed to write a letter, and she has images of her
Playboy-requested letter in the magazine among the many
from an industry insider: "The more glaring issue here is that
Olbermann's Al Qaeda comment was so over the top that Playboy
had to resort to asking one of his rabid fans to find one person
to say something positive about him."
from Becky of bloggingolbermann.com: "I'll have you know that
all of my shots are up to date! If I were to take a wild guess,
your 'industry insider' has an axe to grind, much like whomever
emailed this to all of you industry types to begin with. I'm
fantastically amused that me and my insignificant, hardly
'rabid,' little fan blog have become today's industry meme.
Thanks for all the page hits!"
Take a look at the Hillary camp’s confidence.
It looks like the American people have made up
their minds with several months to go. I
guess the other Dem candidates will be giving
concession speeches instead of stump speeches...
OCTOBER 5, 2007, 6:07 PM
Call Him Mr. Exuberance
No one is a louder, zestier cheerleader for
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential prospects
than her campaign chairman, Terry McAuliffe, a
man who is not known for having a light touch.
Some Democrats get a kick out of Terry’s rah-rah
roadshow for Hillary, which he has performed for
voters in Iowa and other states in recent
months. And some Democrats are decidedly turned
off by his exuberance and confidence, especially
those who aren’t too keen on Mrs. Clinton
Indeed, Mr. McAuliffe seriously alienated two
Iowa Democrats during a drop-by at the Glenn
Restaurant in Manchester, Iowa, on Wednesday.
One of the Democrats, though, is a county
precinct captain for Barack Obama, and another
one is leaning pretty seriously toward Mr. Obama
— and neither like Mrs. Clinton.
Their lack of neutrality aside, their
description of some of Mr. McAuliffe’s remarks
was intriguing. According to the two women — Pam
Vislisel and Emma Edgington — Mr. McAuliffe
Mrs. Clinton had the Democratic nomination
almost sewn up;
If the election were held now, Mrs. Clinton
would win Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and
enough other states to win more than 350
Electoral College votes;
Mrs. Clinton was virtually moving to Iowa
during the next three months to work her
tail off to win the state’s
first-in-the-nation nominating caucuses in
The Democratic nomination fight would be
over after the Super-Duper Tuesday primaries
on Feb. 5.
Neither woman could produce a recording of Mr.
McAuliffe, nor were his remarks apparently
covered by the local media. The women said in
interviews that they found Mr. McAuliffe to be
arrogant and boastful.
“I’m just getting a little tired of hearing —
and I hear it on the news, too — that the
election is in the bag, she’s going to win,
she’s the only one, it’s over,” said Ms.
Vislisel, the Obama precinct captain, who said
she attended the McAuliffe event because she was
curious about the Clinton campaign.
“I don’t think he should be coming into Iowa and
talking about she’s going to win all these
states,” added Ms. Edgington, who is torn
between Mr. Obama and former Senator John
Edwards. “It just seemed arrogant.”
Mr. McAuliffe was traveling and not reachable
for comment. His spokesperson referred questions
to Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for the Clinton
campaign, who knows Mr. McAuliffe well and works
Mr. Wolfson, who was not at the Iowa restaurant
and did not hear Mr. McAuliffe’s remarks, said
he would be “very surprised” if Mr. McAuliffe
said she had the Democratic nomination sewn up,
because Mr. McAuliffe has been reported as
saying that while the campaign was doing great,
Mrs. Clinton was running like she was 20 points
“He likes where we are, he thinks that we have a
long way to go, the election is not today, and
you’ve got to run like you’re down,” Mr. Wolfson
said. “I would hope that one of our most
important supporters is enthusiastic about our
Mr. Wolfson also said that in the past, Mr.
McAuliffe has expressed confidence that Mrs.
Clinton would win the election if it was held
today, carrying New York and California against
Rudolph W. Giuliani and also Florida, Ohio and
Arkansas (once her home state and, as I’ve
reported before, an electoral target of some
obsession for Bill Clinton).
“Rudy put out a memo saying he can beat Hillary.
I don’t think it’s unusual for us to say, in
response to that, that the polls show the
opposite and that Hillary is doing well,” Mr.
He also tamped down the notion that Mrs. Clinton
was putting all of her time and energy into
Iowa, akin to what John Kerry did in December
2003 and January 2004, when he virtually moved
into the state to campaign non-stop before
winning the caucuses.
“She’s doing to be spending a considerable
amount of time in Iowa, and she’s going to
continue to spend time in all of the early
states,” Mr. Wolfson said.
Mr. Wolfson did concede one point to the two
Iowa women — Mr. McAuliffe has said in the past
that he believes the primary fight will be over
after the Feb. 5 primaries.
Major Democratic donor is
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said
on Wednesday it would give to charity
$23,000 that it had received from a
prominent Democratic donor, and review
thousands of dollars more that he raised,
after learning that California authorities
had a outstanding warrant for his arrest
stemming from a 1991 fraud case.
The donor, Norman Hsu, said Wednesday
that he will "refrain from all fundraising
activities" until he resolves the case.
His statement came as other Democrats
also sought to distance themselves,
including Minnesota Senate candidate Al
Franken, whose campaign received $2,300 from
Hsu. Franken joined California Sens. Dianne
Feinstein and Barbara Boxer; California
Reps. Michael Honda and Doris Matsui, and
Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania in saying
they would divest their campaigns of Hsu's
Hsu has donated and raised more than $1
million for Democrats, including $5,000 for
Sen. Barack Obama's political action
committee. On his own, he wrote checks
totaling $255,970 to a variety of Democratic
candidates and committees since 2004.
He is a member of Clinton's "HillRaiser"
group, individuals who agreed to raise more
than $100,000 for the senator's presidential
campaign, and was slated to play co-host
next month for a Clinton gala featuring the
entertainer Quincy Jones. The event would
not have been unusual for Hsu, a New York
businessman from Hong Kong who moves in
A fugitive since 1992
But what was not widely known until this
week was that Hsu, a Wharton School graduate
who serves on the board of a university in
New York, has been considered a fugitive
since he failed to show up in a San Mateo
County courtroom 15 years ago to be
sentenced for his role in a scheme to
defraud investors, said Ronald Smetana, an
attorney with the California state attorney
He said Hsu collected about $1 million
from investors by falsely claiming he had a
contract to import latex gloves. He had
pleaded no contest to one count of grand
theft and was facing up to three years in
When Hsu was scheduled to attend a
sentencing hearing, he faxed a letter to his
lawyer saying he had to leave town for an
emergency and asking that the court date be
rescheduled, Smetana said. But he did not
show up for the rescheduled appearance. A
clerk at the San Mateo County courthouse
said the warrant was issued in 1992 and
orders were for $2 million bail for Hsu if
he were arrested. That was the last that
California prosecutors saw of Hsu.
Smetana said he assumed Hsu had fled the
country. He said he planned to ask a judge
to sentence Hsu to prison. "We would
obviously like Mr. Hsu to return and face
On Wednesday, Hsu said through his
attorney Lawrence Barcella Jr. that he "was
surprised to learn that there appears to be
an outstanding warrant -- as demonstrated by
the fact that I have and do live a public
life. I have not sought to evade any of my
obligations and certainly not the law."
Under a shadow?
Hsu's travails have proved an
embarrassment for the Clinton campaign,
which has tried to dispel any lingering
shadows of past episodes of tainted
contributions. Already, Clinton's opponents
were busy trying to rekindle remembrances of
the 1996 fundraising scandals, in which
moneymen were accused of funneling suspect
donations into Democratic coffers.
Some Clinton donors said, however, that
they did not expect the Hsu matter to hurt
Clinton, unless a pattern of compromised
donors emerged. Hsu's past legal problems
were first reported Wednesday by the Los
Angeles Times; the Wall Street Journal
reported Tuesday that some donations
connected to Hsu raise questions about his
bundling activities -- raising funds from a
group of donors and then giving them to the
candidate -- although there is no evidence
he did anything improper.
Here's a GREAT Gift Idea!
Democrat who has everything!
It only gets better in the filthy dirty political scene in
the Garden State. Add the story below to the recent subpoenas
issued by Chris Christy, AG to the past four administrations for the
seeding of special projects after the budget was agreed upon.
In what might appear as a magnanimous comment, sitting Governor
Corzine stated he would cooperate. What choice does he have?
Doesn’t he work for you and me and shouldn’t he be held accountable?
It seems that Mr. Corzine was less than forthcoming during his
vetting. Why is it that our newspapers decided to look beyond
the pale after things are locked in? Why didn’t this get press
while the campaign was in swing and the voters could base their
decisions on all the facts?
Corzine Acknowledges More Gifts to Ex-Girlfriend/Union Boss
March 4, 2007, 4:32 PM EST
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey's multimillionaire governor is now
acknowledging additional large gifts to a state worker union boss he
dated _ gifts that weren't mentioned while he was running for office
Gov. Jon S. Corzine told The Sunday Star-Ledger of Newark that he
gave the money to union leader Carla Katz to avoid "ongoing
financial connections" after their two-year relationship ended in
Another large gift, involving the forgiveness of a $470,000 mortgage
on Katz's home in Hunterdon County, became an issue in Corzine's
successful run for governor.
In acknowledging to The Star-Ledger that there were other gifts,
Corzine on Friday wouldn't disclose exact details or amounts, but
did indicate that they were more than tokens.
"If you were _ I'm hypothesizing; I'm not stating anything _ if you
were going to pay a tuition bill or something over a period of time
... you pre-funded it. I could have done that," Corzine told The
But Corzine backpedalled when asked if that meant he paid for Katz's
children to go to a private school. "I'm not saying that at all," he
Katz is president of Communications Workers of America Local 1034,
the biggest state workers union chapter. Corzine met Katz when he
was running for the U.S. Senate in late 1999, and they began dating
in 2002, the same year Corzine separated from his wife. Corzine's
divorce became final in late 2003.
Katz has recently been critical of a tentative four-year contract
struck with the state, a stance that runs against higher-ups in the
When contacted by The Star-Ledger, she declined to comment on past
financial ties with Corzine.
Last year, Katz filed a financial disclosure form with the Public
Employment Relations Commission that stated that Corzine gave more
than $1,000 to her and to each of her children during the 2005
calendar year. An exact dollar amount was not required on the form.