Who is Craig Schley?

| November 3, 2008 | 5 Comments

Back in July I received an e-mail from someone named Francine Brown. The subject heading was “Chance for Choice”. The e-mail said:

I would like to announce that Craig Schley is taking a big leap, to enter the ring as a contender for the Congressional seat of Charles Rangel.  This is an extension of the fight for our beloved Harlem community, through the lawsuit against the city, that he and Vote People are currently litigating in court.  I’m asking you for  simple assistance to gather signatures, for Craig Schley, so that he can get on the ballot, to at least give the people a choice. Take one or two petitions(or more of course), that has ten signature spaces each.

I thought great.

The first step for anyone to get on the ballot is to get neighborhood signatures. It would be great to see another name besides Charles Rangel on election day. I don’t have anything against Rangel (actually there are a couple of things but that’s not the point right now), it’s just that I’d like to to at least feel like I’m voting for the best candidate on election day, and not just the only candidate in a particular party.

The e-mail was from a Yahoo account and I responded and asked for Schley’s direct contact info. I wanted to ask him a couple of questions.

Never received contact info, but did receive a phone call. Ms. Brown left a message but I could not understand the number that she left. About two weeks later, I sent another e-mail stating that I did get the message but had been out of town. She may have called again (don’t remember), but we never spoke about Schley’s campaign.

I’ve lived in Harlem all my life and voted for the last 20 years. I’m familiar with local elected and appointed officials and his name didn’t “ring a bell”. I figured that it was probably someone I had seen before but didn’t know their name.

About a month and a half later I got another e-mail saying that he was on the ballot. I thought cool, it’s official. Let the campaigning begin.

I waited for an official e-mail.

Nothing.

I started to think that maybe I’ve been spoiled by the Obama campaign and my expectations for a local candidate were too high. But as I continued to get e-mails about Kevin Powell’s congressional race, similar to Schley’s in that he was trying to unseat a long time incumbent, I figured my expectations were on point.

In my opinion, if no one know who you are and the chances are as slim as they look like they may be for Schley, people are going to scrutinize your campaign harder. And if you are seriously looking to win, I’d say you really need to come correct. The platform should be tight and I expect you to actually earn for my vote.

While Rangel definitely has the advantage with his campaign budget, an opponent could still win against him by hitting the streets hard and going direct to the people. In the past I’ve seen people at train stations during rush hour, on 125th street in front of popular destinations, community board meeting, etc.

According to his website, Schley did make the rounds, but according to several people who heard him speak, his platform was lacking. I thought the same thing when I checked out the platform on his campaign website. They just appear to be generic talking points. Nothing specific.

If I had to sum up his campaign in one sentence, it would be:

Vote for me because Charles Rangel is bad.

Not what I will do for Harlem, no new innovative ideas just — Charles Rangel is bad, vote for me.

He has been actively involved in rezoning real estate issues in the neighborhood through his non-profit Vote People and this appears to be the only issue that he seems to be strong on.

According to the New York Times, “when asked why he decided against running in the Democratic primary in the heavily Democratic district, Mr. Schley said that running as an independent in the general election would offer him a longer campaign season.”

I believe Schley avoided the Democratic primary to avoid a real race where a full discussion of all issues would have been demanded.

If you look at the media page on his website, all of the articles talk about him taking on Rangel or gentrification, but nothing about his ideas.

Gentrification should definitely be discussed by candidates, but there are many other issues that I feel he did not take the opportunity to address in detail.

In my online quest to find out more info about Schley, I’ve come across interesting comments from people who know him, people who have worked with him as well as from voters in the Harlem community.

The picture they paint of Schley is not a pretty one.

For a candidate trying to capitalize on Charlie Rangel’s ethics issues, I was surprised to learn that there he has a few issues of his own.

There’s a woman who’s going around leaving comments on websites saying that she’s his baby’s momma and that he doesn’t visit his daughter. The daughter that he doesn’t mention in his bio.

More comments by people from Harlem are listed here, here, and here.

About 75% of them attack his character and motive for running. Christopher Williams aka True Harlemite appears to have a vendetta against Schley. He has made comments against him in almost every article that I’ve seen about Schley on the web.

Apparently he owes him money. I wonder if it’s from producing his campaign video. The video was upload on the web from his company.

Someone even added more detailed info about Schley in the comments section of our own website from the original article that we did Schley in the local media. Click here to read the comments.

In the same New York Times article mentioned above, Schley says, “We believe we will win and we know it will be a shock,” Mr. Schley said. “Is this an uphill race? Of course it is. But how else do you get to be king of the hill if you’re not willing to start climbing the hill.”

As a voter in Harlem, I suggest that instead of Schley trying to climb the big hill in neighborhood, that he take a walk around the park first and try for a less daunting political adventure.

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  1. Hello Around Harlem!

    TrueHarlemite is not on a vendetta, just want to make sure the community knows what type of person Craig Schley is. TH is relieved to see that folks are really seeing the “get over” moves that Craig Schely is attempting to pull on the Village of Harlem and the entire 15th Congressional District. Charlie Rangle is a problem, but electing Craig Schley would be a worst problem for Harlem. The community must work hare to get a good candidate to run agaist him so that it can vote Charlie out next time. Unfortunately for now we may have to hold our noses and vote for him.

    I am going to “cut and past” a comment by someone called “Grown Lady” in response to the postings by DocForTots regarding Craig Schley’s daughter.

    I found it unbelievable!
    http://harlemworldblog.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/craig-schley-challenges-rep-rangel/

    “Grown Lady
    November 3, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Ms Doc for Tots his ex girlfriend the pediatrician right? You should be ashamed of yourself. Its been HOW MANY YEARS NOW since you both broke up? What kind of woman and an educated doctor nonetheless would keep her daughter from knowing her father. First of all…on your medical salary you really don’t need child support from this man but even if its $50 a week then so be it. You CANNOT put a price on what having a father involved in your daughters life means. Schley has put himself thru school, not just any school but NYU, now he’s trying to do something positive in his community and its still not enough for you to say hey, this is your dad. He and I didn’t work out but he’s trying to make a difference. Show your daughter that her father isn’t like most of the negative images that are presented to us all by the media. Instead you can’t move passed the rejection despite your own education and the doctors that you have available for treatment. It’s time to MOVE ON D IT’S TIME.

    Imagine how healthy it would be for your daughter if the three of you could just move on.

    Harlemite seems like a true mess and I’ll leave it at that. Her venum speaks for itself.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Mr Schley has had help from other women from his past that are able to rise above the end of their relationship with him and embrace the positive aspects of what he is about. Not because they have delusions of what could be…but because they are GROWN and able to move on. I urge you to do the same ladies.”

    I am posting my thoushts on this comment here. I do not know if HarlemWorldBlog will post it.

    “Grown Lady, you are a small lady for making the comments you did to DocForTots. Craig this has got to be a comment by you. It is just too unbelievable to be anyone else’s except for Erika.

    “First of all…on your medical salary you really don’t need child support from this man but even if its $50 a week then so be it. You CANNOT put a price on what having a father involved in your daughter’s life means. ”

    This comment is so Craigsonian, so manipulative, so selfish. Don’t you realize you have a financial responsibility here for more than this paltry amount? If it was unclear before, it is now very clear that you vote people and vote people for change are made up of just “curved up” lunatics.

    The point is, Craig you are not involved and did not even mention this child in your in your biography according to Blog-AroundHarlem.com (http://blog-aroundharlem.com/2008/11/03/who-is-craig-schley/#more-2816). Also, it appears, even the Judge could not take you and terminated visitation with your daughter years ago. I wonder why?????

    Send that child that $13,000 you duped people out of and get out of Harlem Politics. You are embarrassing the brothers trying to do right in the community.

    “Show your daughter that her father isn’t like most of the negative images that are presented to us all by the media.”

    How can DocForTots show her child that Craig Schley is not an example of a negative Black male image? With his persistent manipulative behavior, he is the perfect example of an abusive low life moocher that is presented in the media.

    Craig Schley, vote people and vote people for change are just unbelievable!

    “…Instead you can’t move passed the rejection despite your own education and the doctors that you have available for treatment. It’s time to MOVE ON D IT’S TIME.

    Imagine how healthy it would be for your daughter if the three of you could just move on. …”

    Here goes Craig again trying to cover up his scams and manipulations by trying to make it seem as though somebody wants a relationship with him.

    Imagine how healthy it would be for Harlem if you would just go away.

    It’s about money for a child you JERK!

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if Mr. Schley has had help from other women from his past that are able to rise above the end of their relationship with him and embrace the positive aspects of what he is about. Not because they have delusions of what could be…but because they are GROWN and able to move on. …”

    Cut the crap Craig! You’re the one delusional. Stop mooching off of other people’s work, other people’s ideas and Pay your bills!

    You are behaving more and more like “Norman Bates” in the movie Psycho. Dam…. you are just crazy!!!

    TH
    Watching Out For The Village!
    TrueHarlemite.blogspot.com”

  2. To the Editor,Publisher, blogger –
    Get your facts straight. Please redact the following:”Christopher Williams aka True Harlemite appears to have a vendetta against Schley. He has made comments against him in almost every article that I’ve seen about Schley on the web.”
    I am not repeat not TureHarlemite. I have no rhyme or reason to degrade anyone thru ranting and nonsense. The Individual, TH is a trouble individual, and should seek therapy.
    The highly inaccurate alignment of me as TH is a character assignation of my reputation. pls withdraw the statement immediately.

  3. In The KnowNo Gravatar says:

    Mr. Williams is another Craig Schley vote people and vote people for change drone.

    Interestingly he could not dispute the specifics in your article on Craig.

  4. OMNo Gravatar says:

    I appreciated this post, despite the fact that some of your information is erroneous. Your concerns, as a voter and someone trying to learn about the “candidate,” were legitimate and, as someone who has more recently joined Mr. Schley in his political efforts, I know that there were many mistakes and oversights from his freshman campaign, which was underresourced in a multitude of ways. Overall though, this was positive feedback and I thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Moving forward, I will be sharing these concerns with the organization and would be happy to keep you informed of Mr. Schley’s present and future community endeavors.

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