2000-04-15 / Letters

No Election, A Selection!

Dear Editor;

What happened on March 28 in the special election, 10 Senatorial District/Queens? No election, a selection!

The bosses took over, the power of the Democratic organization under "Boss" Tom Manton, county leader, approved by our elected district leaders, gave Mr. Smith four lines--the Democratic, the Republican, the Conservative, and the Working Families. To whom is Mr. Smith accountable? Where are "we the voters" in this mix?

The 16 district leaders whose responsibility to select the Democratic candidate approved this deal by a vote of 14-2. District Leaders Henry McCoy and Cynthia Jenkins opposed.

The back room deals that led to the coronation of Mr. Smith must never happen again. A precedence has been set. We the voters must let our elected officials know loud and clear--never again!

All district leaders stand for re-election, September 2000. At that time we will speak.

The totals after all the lines were less than the school board election.

The voters are intelligent, and were appalled, frustrated and angry when they understood what happened. Many voters stayed home, some wrote in names other than the names that appeared on the ballot, and many of the working inspectors didn’t vote, disgusted with the process.

Don’t let anyone tell you that all of the political parties are the same and want the same as I have head Mr. Smith say at candidate’s night. Let’s look at platforms; the Democrats are pro-choice, the Conservatives are right to life. The Democratic position is against the death penalty, Conservatives and Republicans for the death penalty. Democrats support Hillary Clinton, Republicans support Rudolph Giuliani. What does Mr. Smith mean when he says all are the same?

In order to get the blessings of any political line you must promise to run on their platform and also run on their line in the November election. Ask Mr. Smith what he promised and what his plans are for November. He is the elected senator. He owes the voters the answers. No one can believe in the platforms of all those lines. They are different on major concerns to this community. What does Mr. Smith believe in?

The bosses under the leadership of Tom Manton gave Mr. Smith all of those lines, with the blessings of our elected officials taking the free choice away from "we the voters."

Again, our intelligent voters are asking what promises did Mr. Smith make to all of those unions? You promise, your are expected to deliver. That’s how politics works!

In the senate, what caucus did Mr. Smith select to sit in--Republican or Democrat? You can’t sit in both and the decisions made in those caucuses for actions are different. Mr. Smith must answer these questions to the voters.

After Mr. Smith pays his debt to all those interest groups and politicians, what’s left for "we the voters?"

Boss Tom Manton and our elected officials have already selected the city council persons who are to succeed our term limited city council persons in 2001. I know who they are. Do you?

Will the bosses be successful again? It’s up to "we the voters."

CYNTHIA JENKINS

Former Assemblywoman

Democratic District Leader, 29 A.D.

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