(I support the principles and ideas behind the Republican Party 100%. Nine out of ten times I will vote for the Republican on Election Day. I believe that exposing and removing corruption within- strengthens the Party. For full disclosure, I am a registered Conservative and member of Ulster County Conservative Party Committee.)
New York State Republicans need to take a step back, reorganize, re-staff, and look at what is staring them in the face: A national Republican revolution stemming from the Tea Party movement; Americans are fed up with high taxes and wasteful government spending and have taken to the streets in protest.
The Tea Party movement, no doubt, contributed to a successful 2010 election, majority win for Republicans to the U.S. Congress, however instead of utilizing this trend, Republican leaders in New York State are turning a blind eye to good, Tea Party candidates, in favor of the “Good Old Boys” entitled ones, and in many cases are losing elections for it.
The rumor is Republican leaders are not interested in “Tea Party” candidates, moving forward. Some say the brand is stained and its members too kooky (I’ll agree in part). Yet, Tea Party candidates are as good as “Republican” ones or “Independent” ones or “Democrat” or “Conservative” ones; all groups have its real and its unreal candidates; people who are statesmen and those who pretend to be. It’s up to the voters to decipher the difference. Some Party leaders would like to make that decision for us; and they do this by discouraging primaries and muscling candidates out of races.
NY – Congressional District 26
Combat Veteran and Marine, David Bellavia, the true Tea Party candidate of 2010 was geared up to run for Congress, with plenty of grassroots, Tea Party support, but Republican leadership asked David to back off and wait until next time rather than run a primary against their chosen candidate, Christopher Lee. David Bellavia did as they asked. Mr. Lee when on to win the election, but was forced to resign in early February 2011, due to a personal scandal.
Thereafter, David Bellavia expressed a desire to run for the seat in the special election that ensued. The Republican Party rejected David once again and began a smear campaign against him, propping their chosen and entitled candidate, State Assemblywoman, Jane Corwin, who would later lose to the Democrat.
Now, if the Republican leadership had given the opportunity for the voters to decide, my bet is that David Bellavia would have won the primary in 2010, won the election, and we would not be in the predicament we are in. Primaries matter because it takes the decision making process to Party members – where it should be.
Westchester County – Board of Legislators District 2
Navy Veteran, and founder of Hudson Valley Patriots, Lisa Douglas, is about as “Republican” as we’re going to get. Lisa’s popular, daily e-Newsletter is viewed by thousands of people across America, who are converted to Republican ideas of personal responsibility and limited government every day because of Lisa’s words of wisdom. Yet, when Lisa Douglas decides to run for County Legislator, Party leaders ask her to back off and wait — for they have a candidate who is entitled.
Lisa Douglas has respectfully declined and will be petitioning primary voters for their support. (Good for you, Lisa!) In fact, Lisa tells us today that the convention held by Party leadership on June 2 was a farce, and indeed they didn’t even pretend to make it fair.
“At the Republican Convention this week the Agenda was printed up with Michaelis as the declared winner. Not one vote was taken, not one speech given, but Michaelis was the winner? I think that’s pretty unethical don’t you? I don’t know who did the agenda but I find it awfully unsettling that the process, that you and I depend on, was that skewed.” Lisa Douglas
Ulster County Republicans
Robin Yess resigned as GOP chair of Ulster County on May 15. This is a big loss for the Republican Party because Robin Yess is smart, dedicated and competent; a sincere asset to the Party. The corruption that she witnessed first- hand is so much so, she could no longer participate in a process that is not reflective of Republican Party principles. Robin Yess decided that she can have more success moving the electorate to Republican perspectives working outside of the Party confines. (Good for you, Robin!)
“I am a Republican because I support limited and smaller government…it seems the ‘Good Old Boys’ are always fighting me, working behind the scenes going out of their way to make me look bad, diminish my authority or make my efforts fail…I have come to realize that I am wasting my time working to support a Party that clearly does not share the same principles and values as I do.”
“When a former County Republican Chairman speaks at the Republican Caucus on 4/12/11 and promotes the idea of continuing a county run nursing home, we have a problem. When five of our Republican legislators want to vote in favor of building a new nursing home, spending money we don’t have and imminently raising taxes, we have a problem.” Robin Yess
Get involved and active in your local government, by becoming Party leaders, running for office, or supporting an individual who shares our concerns and reflects our values. Our representatives ought to be setting forth an agenda that speaks for us. Make a difference by calling out the corruption when we see it and working our tails off to remove it.
There is absolutely too much game playing, back slapping, entitlement candidates, and bullying happening in New York State by the Republican Party that something has to stop it, or watch the Republican Party drown in the Hudson River – guaranteed.
To all Republican voters: Pay attention to primaries and the activities of our leadership; they’re not always looking out for us. No person is entitled to a position. The voters decide elections in Primaries and on Election Day. Do me a favor and remind them every chance you get.