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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Hochul’s changing position on gun control

Cuomo is out and Hochul is in.

WBFO reports on her changing position on gun control:

“… In the past, Hochul has been a supporter of gun rights, even earning a favorable rating from the National Rifle Association while representing Western New York in Congress in 2012. But after a break following a losing bid for re-election, Hochul returned to the political scene to run for lieutenant governor with a far more liberal agenda …”

In 2012:

“… The Hochul campaign credited her tenure as Erie County clerk for building a pro-gun record. It pointed out she streamlined the government’s permit application process and provided gun shows with staff and technology to ensure quick and safe sales. The campaign also said that in Congress, she “fought to strengthen the rights of gun owners traveling from state to state and to open public lands to hunting and fishing.” “As a county clerk, I was a staunch advocate for sportsmen, and I have carried through on my commitment to protect their rights in Congress,” Hochul said Wednesday …”

In 2014:

“… During her 2014 campaign for lieutenant governor, Hochul called the failure of Congress to pass background check legislation a “disgrace” following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut that left 20 children dead. She also doubled down on support for the Cuomo Administration’s signature gun control law, the SAFE Act, passed in the wake of that shooting that killed 26 people. Speaking at a pro-gun control rally near New Paltz in 2018, Hochul celebrated the law’s passage and came out in strong support of other gun control measures, including so-called Red Flag Laws. “We’re talking about banning assault weapons, we did it here in New York,” Hochul said. “Background checks; what’s wrong with making sure people who shouldn’t have guns don’t have them?” …”

So, absent any strong ideological foundation, we can expect Hochul to do whatever she believes is the most politically advantageous at the time.

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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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Training candidates to run for office

The New York Times reports:

“The gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety plans to spend $3 million to recruit and train its volunteers to run for office, with a goal of having 200 enter races in the next election cycle … Everytown’s new program, called Demand a Seat, will begin this fall and will involve training in the nuts and bolts of running a campaign, as well as instruction from advocates-turned-legislators … It is aimed at members of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, two arms of Everytown, which is backed by Michael R. Bloomberg …”

Gun control is and always will be a stinker of an issue. There is no way candidates can win building a campaign around. This has to be a proxy for the hard Left.

“… [State Representative Jo Ella Hoye] and [Congresswoman Lucy McBath] will advise the program’s participants, as will, among others, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, a Democrat; former Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, a Democrat; and former Representative David Jolly of Florida, who was a Republican while in office but has since left the party …”

This evidence supports my suspicion.

Nevertheless, groups like SAF or FPC and maybe NRA-ILA, should consider putting together similar programs.

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Wednesday’s Newsbits:


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Michael Henry for Attorney General

A NYC lawyer I’ve never heard of, Michael Henry, has declared his intention to run as a Republican next year for Attorney General:

“… Michael Henry, a commercial litigation attorney, announced Monday he’s hoping to unseat the incumbent Democrat, who he accused of being soft on crime … Henry also accused James of going easy on Gov. Cuomo and his administration’s handling of the COVID crisis …”

This tells me nothing.

I don’t see a campaign website for him, but he did form an election committee with the BoE.

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Possible scenario

For the sake of argument, lets assume Gov. Cuomo is forced out due to his bad behavior. Kathy Hocul would then become acting Governor until the 2022 elections.

I can’t see the Democrats letting her keep that office as she isn’t from the NYC area. The most likely candidate would be Tish James. In many ways James is worse than Cuomo in so far as she is an political ideologue whereas Cuomo is a political opportunist.

Senator Alessandra Biaggi’s name has been floated as a candidate for higher office, possibly for Lieutenant Governor. Another ideologue, a James-Biaggi ticket would be bad for just about everything including 2A rights.

As awful as Cuomo’s behavior has been and as destructive as “progressive” policies have been for the state, I don’t see Republicans being in a position to capitalize on any of it in New York. On the national level I think the GOP has plenty of opportunities for advancement especially if they stand firm against any gun control.

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