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Appeal to Moderate Republicans

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Even though the city has been run by Republican mayors for the last 20 years, the party has not gained in numbers or influence.

Rudy Giuliani was a tough U.S. attorney who ran on the promise to take back the streets of the city.

To a large extent he accomplished that goal. Times Square, overrun by pimps, drug dealers and violent gangs, has recaptured its glory as a wonderful and safe place for tourists.

In fact, New York didn’t even make it to Business Insider’s latest list of the 25 most dangerous cities in America.

Giuliani endorsed Republican Michael Bloomberg while crews were still sifting through the ashes of the World Trade Center. He has led the city for the last 11 years. Bloomberg is an ex-Democrat who ran on the Republican and independent lines.

But, as The New York Times noted, most New Yorkers aren’t certain what Bloomberg’s party affiliation is.

Despite Giuliani and Bloomberg, the number of Republicans has not grown citywide.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, warned the GOP to pick battles carefully: “We can’t get rattled. We won’t play the villain in his [President Barack Obama’s] morality plays. We have to stay united.”

But we can’t imagine that the influence of the Republican Party will grow in Queens. There are still large numbers of Republicans in Middle Village and other parts of Queens, but their influence is declining with the growth of Asian and Latino Democrats.

Although Queens has elected a few Republicans, in most citywide and congressional races, Queens makes more of an effort. The GOP only puts up a nominal candidate, if anyone at all.

This allows Democratic Party leaders to sidestep the democratic process and anoint candidates.

Recently, one reader called on “moderate Republicans” to “take the party back.”

But that train has left the station. The Tea Party has become the loudest voice in the GOP, but it can’t forget about black and Hispanic voters.

We’d like to see a vigorous two-party political system in Queens. Voters need a clear choice when they go to the polls. But without strong membership, the GOP will remain on the fringe of Queens and city politics.

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Lou from Bayside says:
2 Party paradigm is a sham. Neither Giuliani nor King Bloomberg were Republicans. Rather, they are globalists who believe in a new world order and the end of Sovreignty of the United States. The 2 party system is a sham to make the schmucks think they have a choice when in reality the 2 parties are essentially one and the same!
Feb. 11, 2013, 4:42 pm
John LaPorte from Whitestone says:
First, let me say, I wholeheartedly agree with the main point of your editorial (Appeal to Moderate Republicans) we need, and have needed for a long time, a viable two party system, not just in Queens but throughout the City. What we have today is a charade. It is an embarrassing fan dance, dominated by one party, where political offices are simply handed down to wives, sons, daughters etc., like medieval lordships. Term limits are useless. The faces and names change but the ideology remains the same.
But, instead of worrying about “moderate Republicans” who can “take the party back”, I think you’d be better served to ask “where are the moderate Democrats?” Where are the moderate Democrats to speak out about the unprecedented levels of spending and borrowing that are bankrupting the nation? Where are the moderate Democrats to say non-stop “tax the rich” doesn’t work? Where are the moderate Democrats who know we need to fix social security today and stop kicking it down the road? Is there one moderate Democrat who thinks it’s wrong for a public school nurse to give my 14 year old daughter a morning after pill without my permission or knowledge? This is the extremism of the Democrat Party in New York City and people are worried about moderate Republicans?
Frank Padavan, a moderate by any estimation, served his district for over 30 years. He lost his last reelection bid because the teachers union decided to back the Democrat. So, the union bosses ring the bell and their members obey their commands and vote against Padavan. The same thing happens at DC 37 and 1199 and all the other various unions in the city. What person in his right mind would want to run as a Republican knowing that the people in your district will turn on you when their union bosses tell them to?
Queens County and New York City will never have a real two party system, with real debate, as long as voters continue to allow themselves to be used as simple tools for their union’s political agenda.
Feb. 14, 2013, 8:18 am

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