In November, voters registered their dissatisfaction with the direction of the country, and more Republicans were elected to Congress than at any other time since 1928. This included three pickups of House seats in New York, though our own Fourth District was not one of them. I recently wrote about this lost opportunity in the Washington Examiner. It is a reminder that those of us with partisan loyalties should stand up to those who abuse their power no matter which side of the aisle they occupy.
Barely into the new year, New York was rocked by the arrest and resignation of Sheldon Silver, speaker of the state assembly. This generated more headlines and discussion of public corruption in New York than had been seen in years. The latest story of corruption comes as no surprise to those of you on my email list who witnessed entrenched party bosses, immersed in the pay-to-play culture, do all they could to block my candidacy. To those who weren’t sure…yes, it is that bad. And no, you don’t typically find the same level of abuse of the public trust in other parts of the country.
Hopefully, principled candidates will step up in the future and turn the tide. I would like to help them however I can. More on that later.
Thank you for your support over the years. I hope you will continue to make your voice heard.