2A supporters haven’t forgotten

Phil Boyle’s flip-flopping on gun rights (by my count at least 3 times) doomed his bid for Sheriff.

According to Newsday:

“… [Larry Zacarese] showed the savvy of a veteran political operative last week when he tapped a crucial and highly energized bloc: Gun owners who were angry at his opponent, state Sen. Phil Boyle, for voting for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gun-control measure known as the SAFE Act. Zacarese … drubbed Boyle in a GOP primary, in part due to two mailings to 3,000 gun owners throughout Suffolk. Zacarese also did ads on two local radio stations on the East End, where the gun issue is a significant concern and where the sheriff’s department handles gun licensing. As a freshman senator, Boyle voted for the SAFE Act but said shortly thereafter that his vote “was a mistake.” Boyle further angered gun users by saying he might have realized the mistake “if we were given more than two hours to read the bill.” …”

Boyle was lying about gun rights before voting for SAFE.  That was just the final straw.

“… Gun owners are a powerful bloc in low-turnout primaries — about 7 percent of Republicans voted Tuesday in the sheriff’s race — because they vote in force. That also gives them clout beyond their numbers in a general election. One gun owner, Dov Neidish of Commack, said in an interview that Boyle had “no backbone” and “staunch supporters of the Second Amendment haven’t forgotten.” Boyle admits the issue was “definitely a factor” with some voters even though he considers himself a Second Amendment advocate and co-sponsored SAFE Act repeal measures, though they have yet to pass. “Some folks will never forgive my original support, which was based solely on the law’s gang provisions,” that increased penalties for gang-related crimes involving guns, Boyle said. …”

His support for SAFE was based upon 1.) the fact he does not support gun rights, and 2.) the sleazy no-compete deal the Senate Republicans have with Cuomo which is the only thing keeping them in power.

My prediction: Long Island Republicans won’t learn a darn thing from this.

Primary aftermath

Most party endorsed candidates won their primaries yesterday.  A few positive results for gun owners:

  1. Michael Kearns won three minor party endorsements in his bid for Erie County Clerk.
  2. Steve McLaughlin defeated the party candidate to win the Republican nomination for Rensselaer County Executive.
  3. Phil Boyle went down in flames in the Republican primary for Suffolk County Sheriff.  Unfortunately he still keeps his job in the Senate, but his humiliation is most entertaining.

Latimer attempts to insert gun control into primary

It’s a safe bet these two things are related.

Item #1, “GOP urges voters to support Rob Astorino in the Reform Party primary“:

“… In advance of the minor Reform Party Sept. 12 primary, the state Republican committee paid for mailers sent out to registered voters unaffiliated with a specific party encouraging them to write in the name of [Rob] Astorino, who is also running unopposed on the Republican ticket. State Sen. George Latimer, a Democrat and the Reform Party executive committee’s choice for county executive, accused Astorino of “using the Republican state party in an embarrassing attempt to steal this ballot line and do a hostile takeover of the Reform Party.” …”

Item #2, “Westchester County Executive Hopeful Takes Aim At Controversial Gun Show“:

“… “To own a gun is perfectly legal, but it’s not something I think the county should be involved in helping to promote,” State Sen. George Latimer (D) said. Latimer is running for Westchester County Executive, and pointed to Nazi literature, books on Hitler, and confederate flag mementos at the last gun show as reasons why the promoter ‘Northeast Gun Shows’ should not be allowed to hold another event at the county center this January … Astorino said 8,000 people attended in January, lines have traditionally been out the door, and the latest gun show earned tax payers $50,000, so he won’t stop it because of some controversial memorabilia. “These are historical in nature, these are not propaganda to join the Nazis and the KKK, this is about World War II, the same books are in high school libraries,” he said …”

This has nothing to do with guns.  Latimer is following the current Democrat playbook of accusing Republicans of being Nazis in an attempt to gin up the kook-left snowflakes and get them to turn out and vote for him on election day.

Hilarity from The Hill

Michael Hopkins at The Hill opines, “Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand will lead Democrats to 2020 victory“:

“… As the Democratic party looks toward the 2020 presidential election, there are questions about who will take over the mantle of spokesperson and future leader of the party … Rising stars Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) seem to have the rare ability to unite the party and excite the various factions making up the base …”

No.

Gillibrand is Chuck Schumer’s mini-me while Harris is going full Bernie.

“… If Democrats have any hope of winning back the White House in 2020, we have to do more than just run a candidate, we must run a movement …”

Democrats have a movement, Black Lives Matter and AntiFa.  It’s based upon racism, sexism, anti-semitism, anti-intellectualism, and contempt for individuality.  That’s why so many of them, especially Harris, are big supporters of gun control.

Everyone into the pool

Yet another possible GOP challenger to Governor Cuomo:

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is considering a run for governor in 2018. The Canandaigua Republican said Wednesday he’s been asked by party leaders, other elected officials and members of the business community to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who will likely seek a third term next year … He has considered running for higher office before. He was mentioned as a possible candidate for Congress in 2010 and 2012, but he opted not to run. He asked to run against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010. He passed on that race, too …”

On guns, Kolb is an NRA member and has been supportive of gun rights while in the Assembly:

“… After Cuomo signed the SAFE Act, a gun control measure adopted in 2013, Kolb said it was the “worst piece of legislation” he’s seen during his Assembly career …”

However, he does have some negatives:

These guys have a point.

Our next contestant

Actress Cynthia Nixon is the latest name being floated as a possible Democrat challenger to Governor Cuomo in ’18.

I don’t believe she has the ability to knock Cuomo out in a primary, but with her name recognition I could see her embarrassing him by doing as well if not a bit better than Zephyr Teachout did in ’14.

Good time to push reciprocity

NRA is making some noise about reciprocity:

Now is a good time to make the push.

It is clear that although the Republican Congress doesn’t have their shit together, the Democrats are even worse off. The DNC is bad financial shape. NRA needs to lean hard on Democrats they’ve supported in the past. With the DNC being unable to help, incumbents will need to go elsewhere and NRA can make moving reciprocity a condition for ’18 election endorsements.

#NY19 candidate forum

Citizen Action of New York is hosting a CD-19 Democrat candidate forum Wednesday evening in Kingston with 7 of the 8 declared candidates attending.

The district is more or less evenly divided Republican-Democrat and could easily swing Democrat next election so it is worth the time for concerned gun owners to get to know what these candidates are all about.  Plus the fact that I don’t trust John Faso to keep his word on gun rights.

 

Not what Cuomo wants to hear

The Post-Standard reports:

“… In a Spectrum New / Siena College poll released Wednesday, [Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner] proved popular among Syracuse Democrats. Still, 47 percent would pick Cuomo in a primary for governor, compared to 38 percent for Miner …”

The poll uses only a small, local sample, but anytime an incumbent is under 50% it’s not a good thing.

He’s nowhere near being in danger of losing a Democrat primary, but I think this is a sign that if there is one, the challenger would be able to embarrass the Governor much like Zephyr Teachout did in ’14.

Brown leading, Schroeder looking for volunteers

The latest polling shows incumbent Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown leading his Democrat challengers by a significant amount.

Mark Schroeder is looking for volunteers for his campaign.  Here is the signup sheet.

Primary turnout is always low and with it being a three person race, it is possible for Schroeder to pull an upset.

 

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