O'Connell tried to defend herself against Craig Johnson as Newsday reports "Johnson, her opponent, has pounded O'Connell on her voting record, labeling the Nassau County Clerk's anti-abortion views as 'right wing.' In a recent radio ad Democrats continued the anti-abortion charges against O'Connell, which she denied in a statement yesterday.
'As a nurse, I began working with stem cells some 20 years ago so, I know from firsthand experience just how important this line of research is,' O'Connell wrote. 'This plan doesn't go far enough. Why wait a year for reform when we should be investing into a cure today.'
Too bad O'Connell has a record in the Assembly that can be checked.
Our friends over at The Albany Project report on State Senator Krueger recaling O'Connell's record.
Someone's pants are on fire....
Senator Krueger Calls Out Maureen O'Connell On Stem Cell Stance
Senator Liz Kreuger has just released a statement questioning the sincerity of state Senate candidate Maureen O'Connell's evolving stance on stem cell research. It's definitely worth a read.
STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER ON REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE MAUREEN O'CONNELL'S SHIFTING STEM CELL RESEARCH STANCE
It was reported today that Maureen O'Connell, Republican Leader Joe Bruno's candidate to fill the Senate vacancy left by former Senator Michael Balboni, said efforts to fund a $1 billion stem-cell research plan do not "go far enough." Her statement implies that she fully supports the medical promise of stem-cell research.
Maureen O'Connell speaks a good game come campaign time, but she does not have the record to back up her rhetoric.
In 2004, then-Assemblywoman O'Connell sponsored legislation (A10256) that would have banned medical procedures necessary to conduct stem-cell research. In 2003 and again in 2004, she voted against the "Reproductive Cloning Prohibition and Research Protection Act." While serving on the Assembly Health Committee, O'Connell voted against A6300, which would have established a state-funded institute for stem cell research in New York State.
As the lead sponsor of legislation that would advance stem-cell research in our State (S433B), I find it disheartening that Maureen O'Connell is actively misleading the voters of the 7th Senate District. Despite being a registered nurse, O'Connell voted against legislation that is medically accurate, ethically sound, and economically wise."
Read more at http://www.thealbanyproject.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=248