NY GOP Did Not Support Rob Astorino & Chris Moss; Did GOP Collude with Cuomo to Defeat its Own Candidates?
NY GOP Now Appeals for Grassroots Support; Another Reason for Change in Albany Status Quo
The New York State Republican Party virtually ignored Rob Astorino and Chris Moss, its very own candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
Despite reportedly having a $13 million campaign “war chest,” little or none of it went to support its own candidates for the state’s highest office.
Insiders say the multi-million dollar war chest and lack of GOP support for Astorino/Moss is not widely known. Even back in July, however, the New York Post editorialized with this headline:
The New York Senate GOP stiffs Rob Astorino (July 21, 2014) http://nypost.com/2014/07/21/the-new-york-senate-gop-stiffs-rob-astorino/
In September, The Journal News published this:
[Senator Dean] Skelos says he supports Astorino; doesn’t say how
The Journal News, Sept. 30, 2014
After the election, the cat came all of the way out of the bag:
Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans New York Post, November 10, 2014 http://nypost.com/2014/11/10/cuomo-had-a-secret-re-election-pact-with-republicans/
All of this raises questions of how much the GOP contributed to its own defeat in the governor’s race; and did Republican Senator Dean Skelos collude with Governor Cuomo to defeat GOP candidates? Skelos is “the highest-ranking Republican official in state government,” according to his bio, and represents Senate District 9.
Read this November letter from Don Smith of Ontario, New York, to Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State GOP.
It is a “shaming” letter to status quo politicians who think they are entitled to get support even when they don’t give it. And it is very direct.
Don Smith, who wrote the letter is a grassroots leader, who crisscrossed more counties than I can count to energize and mobilize the vote. Thoughtful and always helpful to others, Don was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award from the Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE). As Susan Maressa of SCOPE said of Don: “He’s a little power house.”
Don Smith’s letter to the New York GOP
Dear Mr. Cox:
You must be kidding! The GOP deserted Rob Astorino and Chris Moss and you expect we Republicans to support you? What have you been smoking?
I voted for no (as in zero) Republicans. I voted for Astorino and Moss on the Common Core line and my other choices were all on the Conservative line except for my own so-called representatives Senator Nozzolio and Assemblyman Oaks. I voted for neither of them.
I am fed up with the GOP. Your friend [NYS Senator Dean] Skelos (sometimes spelled C-u-o-m-o) was responsible for the unSAFE act. You couldn’t bother to fund the Astorino campaign but you and your GOP friends had the audacity to spend $75,000 in Erie County to run a smear campaign against the Democratic candidate.
Why? So you could support another RINO, Mark Grisanti, who also voted for the unSAFE act. He got what he deserved in the primary election but you went to bat for him anyway and abandoned the real Republican candidate in that race. [Kevin Stocker “trounced” Grisanti in the Republican Primary on Sept. 9.] How many more monies did you literally burn that could have provided us with a real governor?
While we are on the topic of money, what do you and your Republican friends plan to do with the $13 million you stashed away here in NY? (Excuse me, it’s a bit less. I almost forgot the $75,000 you spent on behalf of Grisanti.) Nozzolio and Oaks and others didn’t need the money. They had no opponents again, and again, and again.
BTW, the only reason I am remaining a registered Republican (God, I can hardly type the word) is to be able to run some likewise derelict Republicans out of Town office next Fall in the primaries.
Many dedicated New York citizens spent a good deal of time and their own funds to support Rob Astorino. He was a truly viable candidate who might well have replaced a man who has absolutely no respect for those of us in Upstate NY.
The Republicans clearly abandoned any pretense of support for Mr. Astorino and Mr. Moss. You and the rest of your ‘allies’ are a disgrace to the Republican party and consequently you, sir, should resign your post.
Donald H. Smith