Biden Will Run For President, Says Top Dem LI Fundraiser Jon Cooper

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When former Suffolk Legis. Jon Cooper follows his heart in politics, he makes news. In 2008, the Huntington resident made headlines when he became the first elected Democrat here to throw his support to a long shot, an Illinois Senator running for president named Barack Obama, while the rest of the party establishment in New York was backing a sure thing, the Empire State’s junior Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Now Cooper is making news about the 2016 presidential race—and once again it involves her.Early this month Cooper sent ripples nationwide when he announced that he would become the finance chairman of the Draft Joe Biden 2016 committee. It sounds like he’s betting on another long shot. Vice President Joe Biden, 72, still has 18 months left in the Obama administration. Biden has not announced that he’s running—and a story this Monday in The New York Times quoted anonymous aides discounting the notion that Biden ever would.But to Cooper, the former majority leader of the Suffolk Legislature, that story, despite the headline “Grieving Biden Focuses on Job He Has Now, Not the Next One,” was not the last word about the vice president, who’s still reeling from the loss of his son Beau to brain cancer. On Facebook, Cooper posted the article with the comment: “Obviously that reporter is talking to different folks than I’m talking to.”In fact, Cooper claims that this week top officials in the Draft Biden organization have been contacted by half a dozen people in Biden’s “inner circle” who sent them “very encouraging signals.” He says they’ve also heard from “a growing number” of White House staffers, both current and former, who are “actively expressing support” for a presidential run by Biden.“I really think this is going to happen,” Cooper told the Press. His gut feeling is that Biden will declare his candidacy “over the next two or three weeks, if not by the end of this month, then by the first week of August; and everything I’ve heard, certainly over the past two or three days, tends to reinforce that.”Cooper and his pro-Biden cohort can’t wait. Their seemingly quixotic campaign has drawn interest from the Washington Post to the National Journal and beyond.“When he does enter the race, it’ll be a game changer,” Cooper said. “It’s going to upend the whole campaign. Overnight the vice president will be able to put a fundraising structure in place because he’ll be able to draw on all the folks who raised money for Obama. A disproportionate number of them will be willing to sign on with Joe Biden.”That day may never come, insists Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, a long-time Hillary Clinton supporter, a current member of the Democratic National Committee and the former leader of the New York Democratic State Committee.“No, I don’t believe he would run,” the politically well-connected Jacobs told the Press. “Because if he would run, he would be talking to two sets of people, and we’d know it. One, he’d be talking to major financial people around the country, and, no disrespect, but Jon Cooper’s not one of those; and number two, he would be talking to major campaign operatives that he would need to be lining up to help run his campaign, and he has not been talking to them.”Before enlisting in the Draft Biden 2016 enterprise, Cooper, the president of the Spectronics Corporation based in Westbury, was a top Obama “bundler” for his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, even serving as the regional chair of the Obama Victory Trustees, a major group of donors. Now he’s been joined by Shiva Sarram, a Connecticut woman who was a major Obama fundraiser; she reportedly hosted a luncheon in 2008 that netted Obama “nearly $400,000.” According to Cooper, the Draft Biden SuperPAC has begun focusing on South Carolina, one of the early states to hold primaries next year, and will probably spend “about $15,000” in outreach over the next couple of weeks to identify potential Biden supporters in the Palmetto State and build up his donor base.“I think that clearly there’s no one better suited than Joe Biden to carry on the legacy of the Obama administration and to continue the great work they did together as a team,” said Cooper. “He was part of the administration from Day One, and he supported Obama on every initiative.”“Joe Biden would be a wonderful person to run if we didn’t already have another wonderful person running!” countered Jacobs. “When you’re groping around for anybody else, it’s really more about personal agendas than it is about the political agenda.”The 2016 Democratic race for president is split between “Hillary Clinton and the anti-Hillary Clintons,” Jacobs explained. “That’s really what this is.”The numbers for the anti-Clinton candidates look daunting, Jacobs said, at least on the Democratic side of the accounts ledger.“Hillary Clinton just raised $45 million to become the 45th president and nobody else is near that,” Jacobs said. “Bernie Sanders raised $15 million. Anybody else who comes into the race is going to have to split up the anti-Hillary money even further.” The New York Democratic leader seriously doubted that Clinton supporters, whether grassroots volunteers or financial benefactors, will start “peeling off to go now with Joe Biden or any other candidate. We’re committed.”Cooper recounted how he came to this critical juncture. The day Hillary Clinton formally announced her 2016 candidacy for the White House, a friend of his from the Obama campaign reached out to him and asked if he’d become “a Hill-Starter,” someone who’d commit to raise $27,000 in 27 days for her. Cooper agreed, but when it came time for him to draft an email to his extensive contact list, he was unable to enunciate his rationale for supporting Clinton.“I couldn’t do it; I really tried,” recalled Cooper. He said he labored for a couple of hours trying to draft his email. “My heart just wasn’t in it.”He wrote his friend back that he was on the fence. His ambivalence ended up in a Newsday column, which “accurately” quoted his reaction to Clinton’s candidacy as “meh!” His lack of enthusiasm got widely circulated by political pundits in media circles, Cooper claims, and calls started coming in. Jacobs tried to no avail to get him back on board with Clinton. Then Cooper heard from two of her rivals: former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who spent hours on the phone with him, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who ultimately took him to a Manhattan steakhouse for dinner. About two weeks ago the executive director and the finance director of the Draft Biden group flew out to meet him, and that sealed the deal.“I was convinced that it was very likely that Joe Biden would be running,” Cooper said. So he signed on.Even now, with more “encouraging signs” that Biden’s presidential declaration is imminent, Cooper insists that his support for Obama’s vice president has nothing to do with his attitude toward the former Secretary of State.“I really don’t want to criticize Hillary,” Cooper said. “I like her. I respect her. But I think she’s a little too cautious and calculating and managed for my taste; whereas with Joe Biden, he’s not afraid to lead; he’s not afraid to speak his mind. Sometimes he’s been ahead of the curve—and ahead of Obama on some issues—and I like and respect that, and I think it really resonates. I think the American people like that.”Vice President Joe Biden has yet to say if he’s running for president. (White House Photo by David Lienemann)For five years, Cooper and his husband Rob and their kids would spend New Year’s Eve at Hilton Head, S.C., where the Clintons were also attending the Renaissance Weekend festivities at the famous resort. Once Cooper was elected Suffolk legislator, he stopped going there.“We did get to know the Clintons, not that we are friends, but certainly we got to hang out with them. I still like her and respect her,” Cooper said. “I have to do what my heart dictates.”As for those pushing the candidacy of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Cooper scoffed. “I just don’t think a Democratic Socialist has a chance in the general election…I think Joe Biden would be the strongest of the Democratic candidates.”The first time Cooper met Biden, they had a long talk in Manhattan after the vice president had given a speech at an Obama fundraiser in 2012, and he was impressed by Biden’s range and commitment—as well as his personal style.“He didn’t know me from Adam!” Cooper said. “He wanted to continue the conversation…even though I was somebody he’d never met before. That’s Joe Biden!”Cooper adamantly does not believe his supporting Biden is doing the bidding of the Republican SuperPACs and their well-oiled attack machines, not to mention the plethora of GOP candidates who are out to slime Hillary Clinton any way they can.“I don’t buy into that at all,” Cooper said. “I think a primary is a good thing for the Democratic Party and will increase the chance that we’ll win the general election.”He recalled hearing what Sen. Obama said to a dwindling group of supporters huddled at a restaurant in New Hampshire after he’d just lost that state’s Democratic primary in 2008 to Sen. Clinton.“Obama gave one of the best speeches I heard him give the entire campaign,” Cooper said. “He said that ‘if we had won tonight, the primary campaign would have been over. But now this is proof that we’ll have a tough battle ahead, Hillary’s going to be a formidable opponent, and it will make me a much better candidate; it’s going to toughen me up.’”Cooper insisted that the ultimate results proved Obama right in 2008 and the same scenario now in the primary would make Clinton a stronger candidate in 2016—assuming she’s the eventual Democratic nominee.“It doesn’t have to be a negative campaign,” Cooper claimed. “If there’s a primary campaign on the issues, as I hope it will be, then…whether it’s Hillary or Joe or Bernie, I think they’re going to be a stronger candidate for it, and it’s going to toughen them up for the general election battle against whoever the Republican nominee is.”On Monday at the New School in Greenwich Village, Clinton delivered what The New York Times called the “most comprehensive policy speech of her presidential campaign,” in which she evoked her vision of a “growth and fairness economy” to close the gap between rich and poor and give the middle class a lift while taxing the wealthiest Americans and expanding social services.“She spoke in broad strokes and she tried to hit the progressive talking points,” Cooper conceded. “But if you’re looking for specifics and details, I still don’t know what minimum wage she’d support… I want specifics; I don’t want generalities. At least with Joe Biden you get that.”Jacobs thought Clinton’s speech was right on the money.“She is laying out the platform that a candidate running for president ought to be laying out with enough information to give people a general sense,” Jacobs said. “You do not write every bill for every issue and present it to the public in a campaign. Give the public the sense of what your general view is, your philosophy, and your hopes and aspirations for the future, your vision. That is what they vote on. Whether Hillary believes in the $15 minimum wage or in the $14.75 minimum wage or the $15.25 minimum wage, I’m saying those are words from someone groping for an excuse—and it’s not a good one.”Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is considered the favorite to represent the Democratic party in the 2016 Presidential election. (State Department Photo)Another bone of contention between these two top Long Island Democrats is the issue over Clinton’s release of her private emails when she was Secretary of State. Jacobs referred to the House Select Committee’s focus on her tenure in office as a partisan fishing expedition led by Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina conservative, who’s trying to smear the prospective Democratic presidential front-runner by making the Benghazi attack and her private emails a campaign issue for the Republicans rather than an objective investigation into what happened in Libya that night in 2012 when four Americans were killed at the poorly protected compound.“This is politics,” exclaimed Jacobs. “This is all about trying to embarrass somebody running for president.”By comparison, Cooper insists that “there are some valid issues being raised. I don’t think it’s fair to blame it all on the right-wing media…” He said he’s “not buying into the Benghazi thing, but the way her emails were handled” looked bad, producing “horrible optics.”Those issues aside, Cooper says the race for the White House is really about another branch of government.“The next president is going to appoint at least three justices to the Supreme Court, and it’s scary if it goes the wrong way,” he said. “If there’s a Republican elected, it could easily unravel all the progress that we’ve made over the past 10, 20 years. I think it’s critically important that we elect a candidate with the least amount of baggage, who can speak to the American people and can gain the respect of the American people, and I honestly think it’s Joe Biden.”Jacobs has kind words for Biden but he thinks Cooper is sadly mistaken.“I like Joe Biden an awful lot. I think he’s a great guy,” said Jacobs, adding that he thought Biden wouldn’t win a New York Democratic primary. “I just don’t feel that this is his time. At the end of the day, I don’t think that he feels it is, either.”Fortunately for Clinton, all hope is not lost on Cooper.“If Hillary ends up being the nominee, I’ll support her,” Cooper said. “Whoever the Democratic nominee is I’ll support. Having Joe Biden run against Hillary Clinton…she will be a better nominee for it.”She probably doesn’t see it that way, but so it goes with Jon Cooper, an affluent and influential Long Island Democrat who follows his heart and puts his money where his mouth is.last_img read more

Bank Indonesia ensures sufficient liquidity, sees signs of decline in capital outflows

first_imgBank Indonesia (BI) is ensuring the liquidity in the country’s financial system would be sufficient to meet the people’s needs in the coming months as massive capital outflows seen in the past several days have begun to decline.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said in Jakarta on Thursday that there is at least Rp 450 trillion (US$27.77 billion) in cash stored in banks and ATMs in Indonesia, which would be sufficient for the next six months.“We have been working closely with banks in the last two weeks to boost their liquidity,” Perry told reporters on Thursday during an increased requirement for cash in the past several days to finance efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. “We want to assure the public that we have sufficient stocks of cash.” Topics : Perry also said the central bank saw signs of easing capital outflows, driven by the announcement of a $2 trillion fiscal stimulus by the United States and to-be-announced stimulus by the European Union.“The stimulus package has reduced pressure on a global scale and resulted in better sentiments for Indonesia’s financial markets,” Perry said, adding the central bank has since recorded a lessening capital outflow.The rupiah appreciated as much as 1.8 percent against the US dollar to Rp 16,205 on Thursday, according to Bloomberg. The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), meanwhile, jumped the most since 1999 by as much as 11 percent on Thursday’s trading, the best performer in the region, despite other Asian indices recording declines during the day.The COVID-19 crisis is much different than Asia’s crisis in 1998 and the global financial crisis in 2008 as banks remain in a healthy condition despite weakening business activities and volatile financial markets, Perry said.center_img “We want to make sure that the situation is different than the crisis in 1998 and in 2008 as the banking industry remains healthy with low levels of non-performing loans and good financial market conditions,” he added.Because of the pandemic, the central bank also plans to implement shorter trading hours and a shorter settlement period for transactions starting next week.As of Tuesday, BI had injected liquidity of up to Rp 300 trillion into the financial markets and banks to help support the country’s crashing currency as foreign investors sold off Indonesian assets.The central bank recorded a Rp 125.2 trillion capital outflow from government bonds, the stock market and BI certificates so far this year. Foreign investors sold Rp 112 trillion worth of government bonds and Rp 9.2 trillion worth of Indonesian shares, with most of the sell-offs recorded this month.last_img read more

The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) Launched in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

first_img Share Share LocalNews The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) Launched in St. Vincent and the Grenadines by: – July 1, 2011 By: Dr. Julian (Jules) FerdinandPhoto credit: caribbean360.com“As an investment, Early Childhood Development programmes boast the highest rate of return on investment.”Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) brochure.The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) was launched at the Prime Minister’s Residence on Monday, June 27th, 2011.  Approximately one hundred private and public sector representatives from throughout the CARICOM region attended the event. Dr. Morella Joseph, the Programme Manager, Human Resource Development, at the Caribbean Community Secretariat, delivered the opening prayer.  Following this, the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Band played the national anthem.  The audience then heard remarks from the FDCC’s Chairman, Dr. Didacus Jules; the Executive Director at the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Mrs. Lisa Jordan; and Mr. Tom Olsen, Resident Resident Representative at UNICEF’s Eastern Caribbean office.  The Honourable Frederick Stephenson, Minister of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Youth, Sports and Culture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines delivered the feature address.  Dr. Julian Ferdinand, an FDCC Director, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s activities and Mr. Milton Lawrence, FDCC’s Deputy Chairman, delivered the vote of thanks.Earlier in the day, many of the attendees had participated in a regional forum for health, education, social development and parenting support agencies that was held at the conference room of the National Insurance Service in Kingstown.  The forum’s focus is “Supporting the development of children zero to three – particularly the most vulnerable”.  The forum was sponsored by the Caribbean Community in partnership with the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) Programme and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with support from UNICEF, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Parenting Partners Caribbean (PPC) and the University of the West Indies, and runs from June 27th to June 30th. Several of the evening’s speakers referred to Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan’s presentation during the morning session at the forum.  Professor Samms-Vaughan is the Professor of Child Health, Development and Behaviour at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.  Her presentation was entitled “Scientific evidence for the critical importance of supporting development of children zero to three, particularly the most vulnerable”.  During this presentation she   showed, among other things, how the cognitive and social development of the infant can be impaired as a result of lack of “positive stimulation” in their early environment.  Her address provided ample evidence of the need for regional governments, the private sector and non-government organisations to intensify the collaborative approach in providing social safety nets for children at risk.  She noted that “every child deserves a good life”.  Her clarion call for support initiatives reinforces the wisdom in establishing the FDCC.In his remarks, Dr. Didacus Jules noted that widespread poverty in different Caribbean countries places many children at risk for development delays.  He noted that this is evidenced by lowered health status, problems with school readiness, cognitive delays, and socio-emotional problems during childhood.  He indicated that these problems often persist into adolescence where the negative outcomes are even more pronounced.  It is indicated that children from poor households show greater likelihood to drop out of school, become pregnant and engage in crime than those from a more privileged economic background.  He noted that recent empirical evidence from research conducted in Jamaica, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis, confirm that children growing up in socially and economically disadvantaged communities, where they are exposed to the deleterious effects of poor or inadequate care environments, require the intervention work that the FDCC is committed to championing.In his presentation, Dr. Jules noted that the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI), which was established by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation in 2002, continues to do outstanding work in addressing issues relevant to poor parenting practices and inadequate cognitive stimulation of young children; especially those in the zero to three year cohort who live under difficult social and economic circumstances. He highlighted the significant positive impact of the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP).  This initiative was started in Jamaica and introduced as a model in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  The RCP is an informal early childhood education programme that seeks to reach children birth to three years old who do not have access to any formal early childhood education.  The caregivers regularly visit home communities where they involve children in play activities that support their motor, perceptual, emotional and cognitive development.  In addition, the caregivers provide parents with suggestions about how best to promote children’s health, hygiene and safety.  The training in parental skills development is intensified when they hold regular parent education workshops aimed at highlighting parenting knowledge and skills.  To ensure the continuity of these noble initiatives, the CCSI has now transitioned to the FDCC; an institutional entity, a regional private foundation, where the private sector, NGOs and academia can supplement government’s role to provide quality early childhood development support services – in the interest of all our children; committed to giving our children the foundation they deserve en route to a more accomplished life.Persons desiring more information on the FDCC can visit its website at www.ccsi-info.org.Send comments, criticisms & suggestions to [email protected] Sharing is caring!center_img 95 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

Wet track conditions KO Marshalltown

first_imgBy Jeremy Fox MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 2) – Races for tonight at Marshalltown Speedway have been canceled because of wet conditions. Next Friday night, May 9 is the annual Cliff Chambers Memorial program presented by Local UAW 893.last_img

Hadzibegic takes Chateauroux: it will be a real Challenge for me!

first_imgBH expert Faruk Hadzibegovic should take the bench of Chatearoux in the coming days.The French second league club has been looking for some time for the qualitative coach, and in the race for the coach of the penultimate club on the table are Faruk Hadzibegic and Laurent Fournier.“We are negotiating for several days, and we had one serious talk today. It is really important for me that I know the team very well and it accidentally found itself in the difficult situation, so the taking the bench of Chateauroux would be a real challenge“, said Hadzibegic for SportSport.ba.Hadzibegic is without the coach engagement for nearly three years, but it is not a matter for him.“Today there are a lot of coaches that take a break for a while, and then show that they are worth. That is not problem and I have missed that work a little. I believe that  I will take Chateauroux at the end“, said Hadzibegic who was one of the candidates for the coach of the National Team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Otherwise, during his coaching career Hadzibegic had led the National team of BiH, Sochaux, Betis, Troyes, Gaziantepspor, Diyarbakirspor, Denizlispor, Niort, Dijon, Bastia and Arles.(Source: sportsport.ba)last_img read more