2011-08-05 / Letters

Independence Party Endorsements

Dear Editor,

As you know, all the endorsements for the special election have been made, and it’s politics embedded in corruption as usual. I have an obligation to set the record straight on the endorsements by the Independence Party, IP, since I am the State Committeeman of the IP in the 23rd Assembly District. This is important because the voters are drawn to the IP in record numbers. Spitzer got 190, 661 on the IP line when he ran for Governor. Andrew Cuomo got more than 140,000 in the past election for Governor. Shortly after the formation of the IP in 1991, around 1994 when Tom Golisano ran for Governor on the IP line, the IP was more like the conservatives and the Republicans. That was till the Emperor Michael Bloomberg ran for mayor of New York City in 2001 and bought his way into the IP and took it over. Not on paper except bank statements. He gave the leaders in each borough $5000, and that was just for starters. Later on he doled out as much as $250,000 just for the Manhattan endorsement. Without the IP endorsement Michael Bloomberg would never have been Mayor any one of the three times he ran for mayor. That is a fact. Just look at the figures.

If you noticed in the special election all the IP endorsements went to the Democrats. You should also note that all four of the Democrat District Leaders put their tails between their legs and scuttled under the rocks and basically begged the Emperor for forgiveness, not for opposing his picks, but for only thinking about opposing his picks. Who ever heard of Phillip Goldfeder? Ask Chuckie schmuck Schumer. Let me get to the IP State Chairman Frank MacKay. If you can think of anything lower than a snake in the grass, that would be MacKay. The smell of money sent him into a frenzy and he sold his soul to the Emperor. Normally it is up to the State Committeemen in their districts to endorse who they feel would better represent their districts. The voters elected them to do the right thing. Since I am the State Committeeman in the 23rd it was up to me to make that choice. Even though Mac- Kay was repudiated by three different judges in three different counties for not giving the power to the State Committeemen he just went ahead and defied the three judges and did the same thing in the 23rd. The Emperor spoke and his water boy Frank MacKay wiped repudiation out of his category. He’s developed what Michelle Bachman said about President Obama. Chutzpah. I would not have endorsed any of the Emperor’s picks.

We have to ask ourselves. “Why would Frank MacKay, leader of the IP, further jeopardize himself knowing that on February 18 of this year the IP funds were frozen as a result of an investigation into the theft of $1,200,000 from the Emperor’s campaign.” Or was it a theft only when the Emperor and MacKay got caught with their hands in the cookie jar finagling the dough? So when someone tells you it’s not about money, it’s about money. I believe that the Emperor himself cannot escape this one. That is up to the water boy. You could conclude that the Emperor is a nervous wreck. I have been hammering at the IP leaders for years, telling them that they were in a hole and it was time to stop digging. They were following the Emperor’s money and they were overwhelmed by the deafness sickness. The day is nearing for the trial against the IP and some Republicans involved in the so called theft of the $1,200,000 from the Emperor’s funds and it’s at that time the Emperor will lose control of the IP.

JOHN BAXTER

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