Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Dan Curry, Former Senator Fitzgerald's Communications Director, Cable and Streaming

This week’s suburban edition of Public Affairs features Dan Curry, a Republican campaign consultant who previously was Communications Director for former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan and former U. S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald, consulted with Lt. Gov. Candidate Joe Birkett and now is President of Curry Public Strategies, Inc. and publisher of www.reversespin.org . For more on Curry, the show topics of the Public Affairs show with Curry and a partial transcript of the show, go here.

The airing schedule for the suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” is included, below, with a special airing of the show in ten suburbs this Thursday evening at 9:00 pm. on Comcast Cable Ch. 19
The show with Curry also airs through-out the City of Chicago this coming Monday night [June 4] at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV].
You may also watch the show with Dan Curry on your computer at PublicAffairsTV.com. In addition to the Curry show, additional recent shows posted on our video podcast site are shows featuring Roberto Maldonado, a Cook County Commissioner who is running in the 4th CD Democratic Primary in 2008, State Reps. Julie Hamos, Jim Durkin, Paul Froehlich and John Fritchey, former State GOP chairman Gary MacDougal, Presidential candidates Obama, Giuliani, McCain and Cox, and many other pols and opinion makers.
A partial transcript of this week's suburban show is included directly below.
----Hillary to win the Democratic Presidential Nomination?

Jeff Berkowitz: …The Republican Primary skews right to the Republican base

Dan Curry [Repubican campaign consultant and President, Curry Public Strategies: Right.

Jeff Berkowitz: The Democratic Primary skews left to the Democratic base. If Hillary is more centrist than the other top tier Democrat candidates, why do you pick her to win the primary?

Dan Curry: I think slightly so. I mean she is barely to the right of the other Democratic primary candidates, but the Democrats want to win and I think at the end of the day they’ll talk tough, well not tough, but they’ll talk the left talk but at the end of the day they want a candidate who can win the race and when they see a Giuliani or a McCain or a Romney on the other side, they are not going to want a far left candidate like Barack Obama or a John Edwards.

----Obama too far left?

Jeff Berkowitz: What makes you say Barack Obama is far left?

Dan Curry: Well, you listen to his introduction speech or his announcement speech and it sounded like he was giving it in the 1980s. He barely mentioned terrorism, which is the No. 1 issue of our time. Radical Islamic Terrorism. And, in the Democratic debate the other night, I think they mentioned the word Al Qaeda twice. And, this is obviously the No. 1 threat to our country and the Democrats are not even talking about it.

Jeff Berkowitz: When you say, obviously the No. 1 threat, does that mean Al Qaeda and the threat of Al Qaeda is an integral part of the War in Iraq or—

Dan Curry: Well, it is now.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, it wasn’t then [when the U.S. went into Iraq]. Well, we are getting ahead of ourselves.
-----Can Republicans support a Pro-Choicer for President?

Jeff Berkowitz: He [Giuliani] is pretty much as pro-choice on abortions as one can be other than he says he hates abortions, but he is really not willing to use the apparatus of the government to roll them back in any way and yet you think the Republican Party anoints him their Presidential nominee in the Primary?

Dan Curry: Well, he is a very smart guy and when you look back at his mayorship in New York, he stood down the liberals, he stood down the press and he made tremendous—

Jeff Berkowitz: He was a big spender in New York, wasn’t he?

Dan Curry: Well, no—

Jeff Berkowitz: Did spending rise considerably when he was Mayor?

Dan Curry: I’m not sure about that.

Jeff Berkowitz: Did taxes go up when he was Mayor in New York?

Dan Curry: He says he lowered taxes a bunch of times.

Jeff Berkowitz: I don’t think the record supports that.

Dan Curry: What he did … he took a situation in which New York City was uninhabitable in various neighborhoods and –

---Why does it matter if Giuliani was a good mayor?

Jeff Berkowitz: That’s a city issue. Why are we electing a guy President based on whether he was a good mayor?

Dan Curry: He is a problem solver. That was a very tough—

Jeff Berkowitz: So, dealing with foreign policy and dealing with crime is the same thing?

Dan Curry: He is a problem solver. He is a tough guy. The other thing that he did in New York that I think a lot of conservatives really appreciate is that every day he would go before the press…and the New York Times and the media in New York pounded him every single day. They didn’t want him to get the squeegee people off the streets; they didn’t want him to target certain neighborhoods and he …told them what you are saying is wrong. That’s not compassionate…this is the right way to do it.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, he handled the media well and you respect that?

Dan Curry: Well, he stood up to them…I think it shows leadership. I think Republicans have a more difficult road when it comes to the media because the media tend to be more anti-Republican than they are anti-Democrat.

Jeff Berkowitz: You think the media are pretty biased? Networks, would you say? ABC, NBC, CBS?

Dan Curry: Very biased.

Jeff Berkowitz: Very biased?

Dan Curry: Very biased.

Jeff Berkowitz: CNN? MSNBC? Only Fox would be a friend of conservatives, would you say? Of the cable and broadcasting networks?

Dan Curry: Fox is—You watched the [Republican Presidential candidate] debate…and you compare it to the MSNBC [Republican Presidential] debate the week before—

Jeff Berkowitz: The Republican Presidential candidate was on Fox News Channel, not the local Fox station in Chicago.

Dan Curry: Right. The questions [on the Fox debate] were very tough on Republicans—You know, this “Conservative,” network. But they were very good questions-- and they were very professional and they weren’t trivial.

Jeff Berkowitz: Yes, but you would agree-- Fox slants right. You would agree, right?

Dan Curry: Slightly.

Jeff Berkowitz: Slightly, whereas you say the other cable and broadcast networks, in your view, slant largely left, not slightly left?

Dan Curry: Right. Exactly.
Dan Curry, as he is airing this week on Public Affairs in 35 Chicago Metro suburbs [See below for the suburban airing schedule] and as will be airing on Monday, June 4, 2007, 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21, CANTV on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs and on Monday, June 4, 2007 at 7:30 pm on Aurora Community Television, on Comcast Cable Ch. 10 in Aurora and some surrounding areas. The show was recorded on May 20, 2007.[You may also go here to watch Curry on PublicAffairsTV.com].
In twenty-five North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs, the "Public Affairs," show airs every Tuesday night in the regular weekly Public Affairs slot, 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or 35, as indicated, below.

In ten North Shore suburbs, the Public Affairs show airs three times each week in its regular slots at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as indicated, below. In these ten suburbs, there is a special airing this Thursday night, May 31, at 9:00 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19
The suburban episode of Public Affairs with guest Dan Curry airs Tonight :

at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette

And at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

and this week on Monday night, Wednesday night and Friday night at 8:30 pm and Thursday night, May 31, at 9:00 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at JBCG@aol.com