A lot has occurred within the 23 AD since my last column. After my co-leader, Eric Ulrich, won the City Council seat in a Special Election to fill the remaining term of Joe Addabbo, he now will have to run again in the November, 2009 general election to secure a four year term of his own. He has been working diligently because of this very fact. He knows that he must earn your continued support and that the turnout will be greater in a general election.
Although you do not want to hear it, the campaign season is about to begin on June 9 when volunteers of all parties will be out and about, gathering signatures on party petitions so that their endorsed candidates may file with the Board of Elections their intentions of running in the primary and general elections of 2009. The Queens County GOP has been busy vetting and endorsing candidates and will run a full slate of candidates in these elections.
This is the first step in the election process.
Your signature on a petition ensures that a Republican candidate will appear on the ballot and people will have a choice.
So who will be on the petitions that I am asking you to sign? Mike Bloomberg for Mayor, Alex T. Zablocki for Public Advocate, Daniel S. Maio for Comptroller, Robert A. Hornak for Queens Borough President, Eric Ulrich for City Council, Jane Deacy and Eric Ulrich for Republican State Committee People and Delegates to the Republican Judicial District Convention and your specific County Committee members, who are Election District specific. You will be hearing from these candidates throughout the campaign season to come, which will allow you ample time to decide for yourself who you would like to support. Your signature on our petitions only ensures that you will have a choice by having more than one candidate running for a position.
There will be two elections within the 23 Assembly District. Primaries will be held in September and this is when party positions are filled such as Republican State Committee members. If there are more than one qualified candidates within the same party, that party then holds a primary election to decide who that party should endorse. The Republican Party has endorsed Eric Ulrich for City Council. Therefore, there is no need to have a primary election. It did appear that there would be a primary for the Democrats. However, in an unexpected announcement, Lew Simon, who only recently vowed to me as we marched in the Memorial Day parade, that he was running, suddenly withdrew from the race after a meeting with the Queens County Democratic leaders, and stated, "… for the sake of unity within the party," he would not run. I guess he is not the fighter that he claims. I wonder what is in store for Lew Simon now that he has pleased the party. It sounds to me that he did not get the county endorsement and it sounds to me that county is worried about Councilman Ulrich.
In addition to the petitioning process beginning on June 9, there will be registration drives taking place throughout the district. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to register or change your party at 718- 634-8134. The Rockaway Republican Club is meeting on June 9 at 8 p.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, Beach 126 Street and Beach Channel Drive. I am strongly encouraging anyone who is not a member, to please come and join us. The dues are $20 pp or $30 a family. At that time, we will have petitions for those who care to volunteer to help. Please consider doing so. In addition, I will be processing paperwork for poll workers, so if you would like to be a poll inspector please contact me or come that night.
These are troubling times for all of us. This past year has opened the eyes of many people who never paid attention to politics or to what was happening on Capitol Hill. It is not only Capitol Hill because the world is a very small place. We need to pay careful attention to what our politicians are doing and hold them all accountable. Our vote is the only way to voice our opinion and so it will be interesting to see just how interested Republicans are in getting it right in the next election. I strongly urge you to get involved, join a club, find a tea party, write an email or letter to your elected officials, volunteer, but don't just complain about the situation. Do something about it! To borrow a phrase, "… our best customer is an educated consumer."