Support Suozzi in the Democrat primary

Congressman Tom Suozzi announced today he will run for Governor next year.

The current Democrat lineup now includes him, Kathy Hochul, Tish James and Jumaane Williams. I expect Bill de Blasio will add his name to the list soon as well.

All these people stink on gun rights. That being said sitting by and doing nothing has proven to be a failed tactic. Therefore gun rights supporters should vote for Suozzi in the Democrat primary as he is the least offensive of the bunch. Turnout will be low and in a 4 or 5-way race the winner will only get in the neighborhood of upper 30s to low 40s percentage of the vote. Gun rights activists can make a difference by blocking the much worse candidates.

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Wednesday’s Newsbits:

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James announces gubernatorial run

At the 0:48 mark, “… worked to eliminate the NRA …”

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Tuesday’s Newsbits:

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Monday’s Newsbits:

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Primary opponent for Brian Kavanagh

As I have harped on for years, the only realistic way to impact urban Democrats is during the primaries. One of biggest antis in Albany, Brian Kavanagh, will be in a primary against self-declared socialist Alana Sivin:

“Alana Sivin, a socialist lawyer and advocate for criminal justice reform, is planning to challenge Democratic state Sen. Brian Kavanagh for reelection in 2022 – a year that could once again see many New York City incumbents in the state Legislature facing opponents from the left … Sivin argued that Kavanagh doesn’t do enough to fight for marginalized people, pointing to his 2020 vote to roll back bail reform … Sivin also said that Kavanagh doesn’t support legislation to increase taxes on the wealthy …”

A cursory investigation reveals no gun-related statements from Sivin.  I am not expecting anything 2A positive to come from her or her campaign either.

That being said gun activists need to be involved in the primary, even if it is just to give a middle finger to the incumbent for screwing them over.  Sitting by and doing nothing is a proven failed political strategy.

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James discussing run for governor

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Spano plans run for Governor

The Yonkers Times reports:

“… sources tell Yonkers Rising that Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is contemplating his next step in New York politics and is moving forward with an exploratory campaign to run for Governor in 2022. Mayor Spano is in the middle of his third term in the City of Yonkers, which recently became the third largest City in New York State. Sources close to Mayor Spano confirmed that he is moving forward with plans to run for Governor, and that his candidacy for statewide office would depend on several factors, including how New Yorkers and NY Democrats view the job performance of Governor Kathy Hochul, and who else decides to get into the democratic race for Governor …”

As a general rule, never vote for anyone from Westchester with the last name Spano.

Despite having a pistol license, Spano has a history of gun control activism both while being Mayor and during his time in the Assembly.

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This isn’t a win

Republicans are gloating at Gov. Cuomo’s upcoming resignation on Tuesday:

Cuomo resigns

Let’s be clear on this: Cuomo leaving office is a blessing. However, it is definitely not a win, especially for the Republicans who appear too stupid to recognize they didn’t beat Cuomo at anything.

Democrats got tired enough with his shit that he decided to resign on his terms rather than try and fight back even though he might have won. There was no rejection of his policies, just his personal behavior, and it in no ways suggests a political shift towards Republicans. If anything, leaving early allows Democrats to claim that they recognized there was a problem and dealt with it more than a year before the ’22 elections at which point people’s memories will have faded.

As for his record on the issues, the media is already beginning to gloss-over his early departure by writing, “… [Gov. Cuomo] notched some historic victories for New York, paving a path of social progress that will resound for years to come …” . This includes his signature SAFE Act, which despite the fact that it is blowing up in everyone’s face, not a single elected official will criticize in public.

The state legislature will return in January and the gun control agenda will move forward without Cuomo.

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Latimer floated for Governor

Some rumor-mongering at the Times Union:

“… A recent Times Union story about who might run for governor in 2022 included many possible entrants for the Democratic nomination. One name not included: Westchester County Executive George Latimer. Former state Sen. Terry Gipson, a Democrat who served in the Senate with Latimer, wrote in to say that Latimer should definitely be considered … Gipson, who has been encouraging Latimer to run for governor, noted Westchester County under Latimer passed several progressive measures before state government eventually acted on them …”

Latimer has a proven antigun record in the state legislature and in Westchester County.

That being said, the best opportunity for 2A activism may be during a Democrat primary and in that case it would be to push aside an even worse candidate as opposed to supporting a pro-gun one. That is the reality of gun politics in New York. Sitting by and doing nothing is not an option.

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