2012-06-01 / Top Stories

Queens County Republicans Snub Ulrich

By Nicholas Briano

In a surprising move this week the Queens County Republican Party recommended Juan Reyes for State Senate in the 15th Senatorial District over New York City Councilmember Eric Ulrich who is vying for Democrat incumbent Joseph P. Addabbo’s seat.

Ulrich, who already has the support of the Queens District leaders, also won support from the State Senate majority leader and once the state leaders put their support behind a candidate its customary for the corresponding county party officials to follow suit. Not in this case.

According to Ulrich’s campaign representative, Bill O’Reilly, he isn’t really taking Reyes’ nomination seriously and once the smoke clears “everyone knows Ulrich is the only candidate capable of defeating Addabbo in November,” he said.

But once Reyes petitions the signatures required and gets on the ballot, Ulrich will be forced to face Reyes in a Republican primary in September before he even gets to challenge Addabbo.

“Were confident where we are,” O’Reilly continued. “We have nothing against Mr. Reyes, but right now we are staying focused on the general election against Addabbo.”

Chairman Phil Ragusa, according to a statement, believes Reyes not Ulrich, is the man for the job

“Juan is the best candidate to face incumbent Democratic State Senator Joseph Addabbo this fall, who has been woefully ineffective in the State Senate,” Ragusa said. “Addabbo has been virtually missing-in-action when it comes to delivering for this overtaxed and hardworking community. Instead Senator Addabbo has flip-flopped on core value issues important to the district, and relied instead on polls to determine his conscience.”

“I am honored to have the Queens GOP’s endorsement as I campaign to bring our district’s vital message to Albany. That message is one of less spending, lower taxes, less burdensome regulations; more accountability, more transparency, and more freedom that leads to greater growth and economic strength,” Reyes said. “I grew up in this community. I am raising my family in this community. This community is important to me and to many others who have seen someone vote the wrong way in Albany on our behalf.”

The Queens Conservative Party on the other hand went a different route this week and put their support behind Ulrich, according to an announcement made by the Ulrich campaign.

“Eric understands that job creation is the key to strengthening our communities and putting New York back on the right path,” Queens Conservative Chairman Tom Long said in as statement. “He will fight for lower taxes on small businesses and provide incentives for businesses to hire and grow. We need new leaders in Albany, like Councilman Ulrich, who will focus on fixing the economy and making our neighborhoods safe.”

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