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THE CHICAGO WAY: New York Style May 16, 2009

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Not much time today but here is a rather interesting story about Obama sticking his nose into state affairs and elections where it does not belong. Seems the Chicago way has come to Washington DC.

Fox News

Sources:Obama Sways Congressman to Pass on New York Senate Democratic Primary
It’s rare for a president to inject himself into statewide politics and a host of New York political insiders with ties to several House Democrats say they’re angry that Obama even got involved.

If President Obama didn’t have enough on his plate already, he’s now thrust himself into the middle of a statewide race that has sparked growing resentment among some New York Democrats.

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) asked Obama to implore Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) against challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in the Democratic primary next year, FOX News has learned.

Israel was poised to announce his candidacy until the president intervened with a Friday afternoon phone call in an effort to clear the field for Gillibrand, a source told FOX News, calling the move “messy.”

“This is a tough, heartfelt decision for me. I have received encouragement to pursue this fight from all corners of our great state,” Israel said in a statement.

The senators solicited Obama’s assistance to help Gillibrand avoid a competitive primary in 2010, a Democratic New York source told FOX News.

Menendez heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the panel charged with electing party members to the Senate and led by Schumer in past years.

It’s rare for a president to inject himself into statewide politics. And a host of New York political insiders with ties to several House Democrats say they’re angry that the president even got involved.

“What? You can’t have a primary? It’s decided in backroom deals?” asked a source who spoke to FOX News on the condition of anonymity. “What if someone told Obama he couldn’t have a primary and Hillary (Clinton) would just be the nominee? Where would he be? It’s an outrage.”

Obama should stick to dealing with White House affairs. Whether you support Gillibrand or not, his intervention in state politics is wrong.

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