Challengers for Astorino

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will be running for a 3rd term this November.  He’s being coy about taking a second shot at Governor Cuomo next year.

The Journal News reports that Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano won’t be challenging him.  As a general rule, Westchester residents should not vote for any candidate with the last name Spano.

His one declared opponent is County Legislator Ken Jenkins.  Jenkins does not support gun rights:

Westchester County’s Board of Legislators narrowly passed legislation Monday night that bans gun shows on county property … Legislator Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers, the original sponsor of the bill, was joined by his Democratic colleagues in the passage of this measure which was first proposed after the school shooting which took place in Newtown, Conn. “To profit from this is just not the business Westchester residents want to be in,” Jenkins said …”

Two state legislators are reportedly considering seeking the Democrat nomination as well.

  1. Senator George Latimer. Supported the SAFE Act.  Voting record shows he does not support gun rights.
  2. Assemblyman Tom Abinanti. Sponsors and votes for antigun legislation. During debates on the SAFE Act he said (paraphrased) that he didn’t believe guns should be able to hold more than one round.

Suffolk sheriff’s race

With the possibility of the Suffolk Co. Sheriff’s seat opening this fall, two state legislators have come forth in hopes of getting the GOP nomination.

First is Assemblyman Al Graf who has a law enforcement background and appears to have support from the county party.  He is an NRA member and a supportive record in the Assembly.

Next is Senator Phil Boyle who has no police background and has the backing of the county Conservative Party.  His record on guns is awful and he is shamelessly dishonest about it.  He has switched sides on the issue at least three times.  He voted for the SAFE Act then sponsored a bill to repeal it.  What he is claiming to be now I don’t know.

Incumbent Democrat Vincent DeMarco has announced his intention to run for re-election, although his name has been mentioned as a possible Trump appointment.  DeMarco signed onto the New York State Sheriffs’ Association amicus brief calling for the courts to overturn the SAFE Act.

With no clear way of getting rid of Boyle, the next best thing would be to make him look stupid by voting against him in a R or C primary.  If he gets past that, vote for DeMarco or whomever his Democrat opponent is in the general.

Nassau candidates picking up endorsements

The Long Island Herald has a story on Democrat candidates for County Executive picking up endorsements:

“… Assemblyman Charles Lavine, of Glen Cove, also announced his endorsement by a number of state Democratic leaders and progressive activists, including … former New York Assembly members Michelle Schimel and Harvey Weisenberg …”

Schimel was easily the worst elected official on guns in the state legislature.

Weisenberg was not quite as bad in terms of his voting record, but exceeded Schimel in sheer hypocrisy.  He would routinely speak on the floor in support of the mandatory firearms storage bill saying it wasn’t gun control, but gun safety.  What made this so outrageous is that Weisenberg negligently shot and killed a kid decades before.

For the Democrat primary, Lavine is the worst followed by Legislator Laura Curran.  That leaves County Comptroller George Maragos as the best choice by default.

Zeldin v. Thiele

It’s a bit early to start with the ’18 elections, but Newsday reports, “A potential challenger for Lee Zeldin emerges“:

“… Democratic leaders on the East End have approached Fred Thiele, a long-term member of the State Assembly, about making a run. And Thiele is considering it …”

Thiele’s record on gun issues is to support the antigun position about 95% of the time.

The good thing about him running against Zeldin is that Thiele would have to give up his Assembly seat to do it, opening up the possibility of getting someone better in his place.

Garodnick considering challenging de Blasio

According to the Post, Councilman Dan Garodnick is considering challenging Mayor de Blasio in a Democrat primary:

“Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick is talking with former political leaders, Democratic consultants, and donors about whether they would back his candidacy for mayor, political sources said … Sources close to the pol, whose term ends next January, said he is “50-50” about challenging the mayor in September’s primary …”

Garodnick has sponsored the following bills and resolutions during his time on the City Council:

  • Int 0240-2006 – Penalties associated with the sale of toy guns.
  • Int 0362-2006 – A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to a gun offender registry.
  • Int 0365-2006 – Banning firearms, rifles, or shotguns that are colored so as to appear to be toy guns.
  • Res 0821-2011 – Close the background check loophole at gun shows by establishing a background check procedure for all firearms sold at gun shows. (H.R.591/S.35)
  • Res 1171-2011 – Supporting S.1973, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2012.

This records makes him slightly better than Tony Avella.  So the new order of preference for candidates in a Democrat primary is:

  • Anyone not Bill de Blasio.
  • Anyone not Tony Avella.
  • Anyone not Dan Garodnick.

Where’s his base of support?

From the Post, “Cuomo takes key step toward launching presidential campaign“:

Gov. Cuomo has hired two Florida fundraisers, a sign he’s building a national network to launch a presidential bid, sources told The Post … The governor has been expanding his national profile since the Democrats’ dreadful showing in November …”

Oh my God, where to even begin with this?

How on earth can Cuomo build a national network of support when I cannot think of a single elected Democrat who has come out in public and said they like him let alone encouraged him to run for president? I cannot even think of one who said he should run for a third term as governor in ’18.

Expanding his profile will only expand the number of people who despise him.

“… “When Hillary Clinton was running he never wanted to have anyone speculate he’s running, but now the strategy is pretty different,” said Karen Hinton, a former Cuomo aide. “He is positioning himself to be seen as a liberal who can speak to a national audience.” …”

Speaking is not the problem. What comes out of his mouth is the problem. If Cuomo actually tries running expect non-stop ads based upon this statement:

“… You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are …”

Remington layoffs

Remington has laid-off 122 people at the Ilion plant.

Despite what Bob Owens says, it is probably not due to the SAFE Act. The gun industry has been slowing down since the election.

Candidates for Mayor of Rochester

Incumbent Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced her re-election bid yesterday.

She is the most vocal advocate for gun control outside the NYC metro area. Some examples:

There will likely be a Democrat primary for the nomination. Other declared candidates include:

  • Monroe County Legislator and former police chief James Sheppard. Sheppard is antigun and has associated with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence in the past. See this endorsement letter for (former) Senator Ted O’Brien. Sheppard is quoted by the Times Union in an article on the SAFE Act:

    “… Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard says guns like the AR-15 are just deadlier, period, and should be banned for the same reason that a kitchen knife is legal but a switchblade is not. “These rifles are basically replicas of military armament, and they are designed to efficiently kill people,” Sheppard said. “In civilian life, that’s not something you need or want.” …”

  • TV journalist Rachel Barnhart. She has this position statement on her campaign website:

    “… Stolen guns are often used in crimes in the city. The administration will secure funds for a public service campaign focused on educating the public about the need to secure their weapons. A possible slogan is, “Don’t be a victim that leads to another victim.” Proactively retrieve guns when people with pistol permits die and there is not a surviving family member with a permit …”

  • Green Party activist Alex White. Not much on him other than this article in the D&C which addresses violence without more gun control.

White has run and lost several times for public office before and probably won’t accomplish much this time around either. That leaves Barnhart as the best of the bunch.

Candidates for 2017 City Elections

Gotham Gazette is keeping track of this year’s candidates for NYC elections.

There is some material here of interest to gun voters.

Mayor

Among the Democrat candidates, the order of preference is:

  1. Anyone not Bill de Blasio.
  2. Anyone not Tony Avella. He voted for the SAFE Act.

Public Advocate

Anyone not Letitia James, who has a history of gun control advocacy.

Comptroller

Anyone not Scott Stringer. Assemblyman Dan Quart would be a tiny improvement in so far as he sponsored a knife-rights bill.

Bronx Borough President

Anyone not Ruben Diaz, Jr..

Brooklyn District Attorney

Challenger Vincent Gentile has a history of gun control activism.

City Council District 9

Incumbent Bill Perkins won the seat in a special election earlier this year. He voted for the SAFE Act.

City Council District 13 – open seat

Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj voted for the SAFE Act, but against a mandatory storage bill.

City Council District 18 – open seat

Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. voted for the SAFE Act even though he admitted on the floor that it would have no impact on crime.

City Council District 43

Assemblyman Peter Abatte voted for the SAFE Act.

City Council District 51

Incumbent Joe Borelli voted against the SAFE Act and has made 2A supportive statements in the past. Legitimately pro-gun. Unclear at the moment if he will face a challenger.

New Yorkers take over DNC

Buffalo native Tom Perez has been elected DNC Chairman.

With Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng and Bronx Assemblyman Michael Blake being elected DNC Vice Chairs and having Charles Schumer as Senate Minority Leader, it is safe to say that New York is the new face of the Democrat Party.

That’s fucking hilarious!

While I don’t believe Perez has the same ties to the local political machine the others do, his election appears to have upset the hard Left who see him as being part of the (losing) Clinton/Obama establishment.  This means the image the Democrats want to put forward is that of stale, big city politicos who are out of touch with their base and with middle America.

Outstanding.

Hopefully this will keep them in disarray and we can get the reciprocity bill through Congress.

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