2009-11-13 / Letters

Why I Voted For Ulrich

Dear Editor,

I always agreed with the adage that you can judge a man by his friends and the company he keeps. This is cer tainly true in politics as we are witnessing first hand with President Obama and the slew of cronies hanging around the White House with a decidedly socialist/communist bent. In dividuals like Van Jones, special advisor for green jobs, who was forced to resign from his position when he was exposed as a 9/11 conspiracy be - liever (the U.S. bombed itself) and an avowed communist. People like Cass Sunstein, the Administrator of the White House Office of Education and Regulatory Affairs, who seems to have a problem with the First Amend - ment and proposes to reformulate the right to free speech. A person like White House spokeswoman Anita Dunn who is currently making the youtube.com rounds in an embarrassingly clear video where she names Mao Zedong as one of her favorite political philosophers, we all remember Mao as that lovable character from the Far East who led a revolution "for the people" which only necessitated the extermination of about 30 million of his countrymen. Never mind unrepentant homegrown terrorist Bill Ayers or Minister of anti-U.S. rants, Reverend Wright.

Which brings us to another timehonored saying, that "...all politics is local." In the upcoming election for the 32nd city council district, we have two individuals who not only represent their respective parties but represent themselves as leaders of our community. I have been reading up on Frank Gulluscio's views in various papers and through the candidate debates. My conclusions as an individual voter are not favorable for the challenger. What I see are the usual platitudes and glad-handing on issues of crime and schools. Mr. Gulluscio was the hand-picked successor to former Councilman Addabbo who left Rock away for greener pastures up - state, securing a state senate majority for his party (we all know how well that is turning out as Governor Pat - terson and his one party crew in Al - bany now project a $4 billion budget deficit for New York).

Eric Ulrich won the special election this year handily because of a grass roots movement of local voters that wanted to vote for an individual with strong principles and leadership skills. An individual that rose through the ranks without the wink and nod endorsement of party players but through nothing less than the ouster of weak and unresponsive leadership within his own party.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gulluscio, the presumed

Letters councilman to be in that election, never even got his own campaign off the ground because of his inability to properly complete the voter signature requirements. This man was the assistant to Councilman Addabbo for how many years? Yet he failed on his very first test to carry out a simple plan of action? Not good. Among the host of perennial politicians like Lew Simon and the elusive Dr. Chapey, Eric Ulrich clearly stood out as a fresh start to the stagnant state of local politics.

Next, we hear in the last edition of The Wave, of an ugly incident of shoddy trickster politics, where an individual was handing out false information on Councilman Ulrich, who has al - ways acted in an honorable and earn - est manner, gaining the respect of everyone from Mayor Bloomberg to Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Koch all of whom have taken time out to endorse him. This bit of chicanery was disavow ed by everyone who might have benefited from the false information but somehow scheduled to coincide with a photo-op at the ferry landing where it all began. And who showed up for this photo-op? You got it, Mr. Gulluscio.

Do the Rockaways really need more of this type of politics in this difficult period? Or do we need to help support a Councilman with an already proven track record of responsibility and in - tegrity in his short tenure as our local leader. Hands down, I will be voting for Councilman Eric Ulrich.


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