Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Bazzo Says: Character matters! On Sept. 9 vote Castelli, Teachout and Wu

Bazzo Says:
BY ANTHONY J. BAZZO
OF YORKTOWN NEWS & MAHOPAC NEWS
 
The race for State Senate
The candidates trying to be your next state senator from District 40 are Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy and former Assemblyman Robert Castelli. It is a shame that in a debate held in North Salem on Aug. 27, the majority of the questions were on issues that will not be relevant once the candidate gets to Albany.
 
 
This is a Republican primary, so it should be taken for granted that both candidates are supporters of the Second Amendment and when it comes to the “Safe Act,” both candidates acknowledge that there is nothing in that bill that would have prevented any of the tragedies it is supposedly designed to cure. As for “women’s rights,” the Senate already passed nine of the 10 proposals made by the governor. Those nine items would pass the Senate again because each is either already law in one form or another at the federal and state level, meaning redundant, or simply being made stronger. There was nothing new under the sun in those nine items. There was a tenth item however, which would allow for abortions up to the ninth month. That item did not and should not ever pass. 
 
 
No matter how a Republican candidate feels about aborting children, I cannot believe a Republican candidate feels a woman has the right to commit infanticide, which that measure would legalize. No matter how it is spun, that is what it does. A baby can survive outside the womb after the seventh month. No matter the debate on where life begins, by the ninth month there is no doubt we are dealing with a life! To a Republican, life matters so those who wish to base their vote on this issue are registered to the wrong party and should vote on Sept. 10 and Nov. 5.
 
 
As for hydraulic fracturing (fracking), both are wishy-washy like the governor. As an assemblyman, Castelli voted for the moratorium that is now in place. As an explanation, not an excuse, both are from an area that is against this practice and represent the wishes of this area. It is a shame that neither is versed enough to make the argument as to why opposition should cease for the betterment of the state’s economy and if one must, the environment.
 
 
As for the Spectra pipeline, their feelings are irrelevant because it is a federal issue. As far as Yorktown was concerned, this was more about two ball fields that the Town would have received as compensation. It is a shame, that even though in my opinion, Mr. Murphy cast the correct vote, that, in the face of pressure, he is trying to have it both ways. Shortly after he cast his vote, he sent out a questionnaire asking people how they felt on the matter. You want to know what is really nuts? It is the feeling that replacing a 61-year-old pipeline with a newer and bigger one is more dangerous than leaving this old pipeline as is.
 
 
So, on these issues there is no difference that matters between the two. So what matters? Character does! In a move that an experienced politician would not have done, Mr. Murphy decided to give raises to department heads in a recession and tie them to the CSEA contracts so they would not have to hear from the voters on this matter again. This vote was not on the agenda and no public hearing was held. There is a reason why the state legislatures have not given themselves a raise since 1999. As Mr. Castelli explained on my cable show—The Volpe/Bazzo Report—this can only be done in a public forum. The people must be heard! If Councilman Murphy cannot stand up to the supervisor on an issue like this, how can he stand up to the powers-that-be in Albany?
 
 
Mr. Castelli has sponsored and voted for measures to make Albany more accountable, even though this did not endear him to the powers-that-be. He was also able to work with the governor without leaving his principles outside. Greg Ball, our current state senator, touts his ability to do the same thing, so why is it now a negative when it comes to Mr. Castelli? One thing must be noted and that is most of the investigations that have led to countless federal convictions of Albany politicians began in 2009. Mr. Castelli was an assemblyman then and he is not tainted. That says something.
 
 
There is one more thing. During the Aug. 27 debate, Mr. Murphy needed to use notes. Mr. Castelli did not. Terrence Murphy should not have to rely on notes to say how Terrence Murphy feels about something if Terrence Murphy really feels it. A person of conviction and character should be able to hear something for the first time and know instinctively how they feel, not how they think you feel. It is up to a candidate to convince the voter about the righteousness of their position. Right now, in Albany we need someone who will stand up to the establishment and the governor. Right now that person is Robert Castelli.
 
 
Race for governor
 
 
On Tuesday, Sept. 9 there will be a Democrat Primary for governor between incumbent Andrew Cuomo and Zephyr Rain Teachout. There will also be a Democrat primary for lieutenant-governor between Rep. Kathy Hochul and Tim Wu. On the Republican side, there will be a primary for state senate between Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy and former Assemblyman Robert Castelli. 
 
Here is where you voters get to choose who will carry their party’s banner into November’s election. Here is where your vote really matters. Primaries usually have a low turnout because it is the committed who vote. So, the margin of victory—despite what the media who have anointed Cuomo have told you—will be small, meaning your vote truly matters.
 
 
If any lesson was learned during last year’s race for New York City mayor, where former Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the anointed one and lost because the commies on the upper West Side wanted de Blasio. Even though it was a low turnout for both the primary and general election, that turnout was the committed base. We are continually told that the Republicans will never win elections as long as their conservative base makes the candidates pass a purity test. They must moderate their views, be more like Democrats, to win. Well it seems, and this scares the hell out of the Democrats with by-lines, the Democrat base makes their candidates pass a purity test too. Quinn lost because she was successfully painted by the base as too moderate, meaning she at times agreed with Bloomberg. 
 
 
Politics is a funny game.
 
 
The smartest people in the room are always fighting last year’s war. There was a time when a candidate ran to their base during the primary and veered to the middle during the general election. However, what we learned last year was that the candidate who wins, runs the way they did during the primary and that those who choose to vote in November want their candidate to stand for their party’s principles—screw the moderates. Go back even further to the Romney-Obama race. Four million people who voted Republican in 2008 did not vote in 2012. Romney won the moderates by 35 percent, but the Republican base stayed home and he lost.
 
 
In New York City, only 24 percent of eligible voters went to the polls and de Blasio won 17 percent of them and won. This is this year’s war and it is the one that any candidate dreaming of winning should be fighting.
 
 
Unlike president and vice president who run and the same ballot, governor and lieutenant-governor run on separate ballots. So Democrat voters can choose one person for governor and a different person for lieutenant governor. This is important. As the title of this column suggests, primary voters are unhappy with the governor’s perceived move to the center—especially with his choice for lieutenant governor. She represents a red district and as a result has high ratings from many groups on the right. It does not matter that like Gillibrand, who once had high ratings from groups on the right, Hochul will jettison those beliefs that gave her those high ratings in a heartbeat, as hypocrisy is a hallmark of a Democrat. 
 
 
On the other hand, Wu has no such problem. He is a card carrying member of the left wing. He has no problem convincing voters he will be who he has been. Hochul, on the other hand, has to convince voters she is no longer who she has been, that she has evolved. Unlike Hochul, both Wu and Teachout have been outspoken in critiquing Cuomo and his disbanding of the Moreland Commission. As true believers, they want a government that is not the laughingstock of the nation. They know that the price of corruption is less money to be redistributed to their pet causes. They are both correct in saying that the governor is part of the old boys club. By disbanding the commission, he has told those who are corrupt, “I have your back!” Should Teachout or Wu win, the establishment knows that will no longer be the case.
 
 
The reality is on the big issues that concern Democrat voters there is not a spit of difference. The difference is character. Who are the real deals? Both Cuomo and Hochul are phonies who stand for whatever you will fall for as they protect the corrupt. Teachout and Wu are the real deals. One will not have to know which way the wind blows to know where they will be on the issues of the day. If the primary voter wants New York to lead the nation in progressive thinking, while at the same time not coddling corruption, your choices should be Teachout and Wu. Yet, even if you are inclined to vote for Cuomo because he is the anointed one and cannot lose or because you think he may be president one day, I urge you to at least try to keep him honest and vote for Wu as lieutenant governor.
This is what I say. What say you?
 
BAZZO MANIFESTO
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