Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

The decline and fall of the Nassau County Republicans

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    The decline and fall of the Nassau County Republicans

    Decline and fall

    Nov 24, 2017 Elections 2017, Politics, State Legislation

    George Marlin has an excellent op-ed on the decline and fall of the Nassau County Republicans which makes for a good follow-up to Jack Martins’ welcome defeat on election day:
    “… There was a time, however, when the Nassau GOP was the most respected and powerful political organization in the nation … But over time, the GOP machine began to rust. Efficiently servicing the taxpayers took a backseat to rewarding political cronies with patronage and contracts … Meanwhile, the aging political machine’s influence at the polling booth continued to decline … The disastrous results on Election Day 2017 were the final nails in the coffin of the once mighty organization … Nassau Republicans are finished because their arrogance, incompetence and indifference to voter concerns has caught up with them …”
    I would add the local Republicans sell-out first on Pataki’s 5-Point Plan then again on Cuomo’s SAFE Act played a big part in this collapse as well especially considering Martin’s campaigning loudly on his SAFE vote.



    Martin's article below, from:

    https://theislandnow.com/blog-112/co...can-party-r-p/



    Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 was a bad one for Nassau County’s once invincible Grand Old Party.

    The Republicans not only lost the county executive spot and a County legislative seat, they lost control of the crown jewel of their political patronage mill, the Town of Hempstead.

    Most embarrassing, the GOP was brought down in Hempstead by one of their own, Bruce Blakeman — the leading political dolt in the county.

    Blakeman broke with incumbent town supervisor Anthony Santino, defied Boss Joe Mondello and endorsed Santino’s Democratic challenger, Laura Gillen.

    The result: the Republicans lost the town supervisor spot for the first time in one hundred years to a Democrat who spent only $31,000 versus Santino’s $1.1 million.

    How pathetic is that!

    There was a time, however, when the Nassau GOP was the most respected and powerful political organization in the nation.

    During the post-World War II era, when the population of this suburban oasis swelled thanks to the G.I. Bill of Rights, F.H.A. housing loans and builders like William Levitt, Republicans organized the new communities block by block.

    Republican committeemen endeared themselves to the new residents, by serving as the middle-man between the neighborhood and county government. The committeemen helped with day-to-day problems from garbage removal to road, park and sewage maintenance.

    Working the neighborhoods paid off at the polling booth.

    In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Republicans held just about every elected post in the County.

    The large GOP State Senate and Assembly delegations dominated the Legislature in Albany. Major committees were chaired by Nassau legislators and members of the delegation held top leadership posts.

    Presidential and gubernatorial wannabees paid homage to the Nassau organization which could turn out more than three thousand party-faithful to its annual fundraising gala.

    In 1972, President Richard Nixon, appearing before 15,000 at a Republican rally held at the Nassau Coliseum, turned to the then County boss, and said “This is the biggest and best rally, Joe Margiotta, I have ever seen.”

    That year, Nixon received 63.3 percent of Nassau’s votes and Ronald Reagan received similar majorities in 1980 and 1984.

    But over time, the GOP machine began to rust.




    Efficiently servicing the taxpayers took a backseat to rewarding political cronies with patronage and contracts. Republicans utilized fiscal sleight-of-hand techniques to convince the public that County budgets were “responsibly balance”— all the while pandering to special interests and increasing spending, taxes, and pork.

    The first major crack in the organization was in 1981, when the long-time boss, Joseph Margiotta, was convicted on federal extortion and mail-fraud charges.

    “In essence,” Newsday reported, “a jury concluded that his patronage system, which was the foundation of his party’s power, had helped it win national prestige and had cheated taxpayers by usurping the authority of elected officials.”

    Subsequently, the party under the leadership of Joe Mondello learned little from the Margiotta conviction. Continued political antics brought Nassau’s government to the edge of bankruptcy in 1999.

    Admitting they could not trust themselves, Republicans went to Albany and begged for a bailout and creation of a fiscal control board to keep them on the path of righteousness.

    These fiscal follies led to the election of Tom Suozzi as County Executive in 1999. He was only the second Democrat to be elected to the post in the 20th century.

    Meanwhile, the aging political machine’s influence at the polling booth continued to decline. Barack Obama carried the county in 2008 and 2012 as did Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    After the Republicans took back the county executive spot in 2010, it was business as usual.

    Posts were filled with political hacks, NIFA seized control of the county’s finances, County Executive Ed Mangano was indicted by the U.S. Attorney, as were Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.

    The disastrous results on Election Day 2017 were the final nails in the coffin of the once mighty organization.

    Political wags are whispering that Boss Joe Mondello, who has presided over this demise, may accept a minor ambassadorship to make a graceful exit.

    Word is it’s Costa Rica. Elba or St. Helena might be more appropriate.

    Nassau Republicans are finished because their arrogance, incompetence and indifference to voter concerns has caught up with them.

    Sadly, current taxpayers and their children and grandchildren will be paying off the debt they leave behind for decades to come.

    Nassau Republican Party, Requiescat In Pace.
    Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc

    #2
    The GOP won't learn. Now we have democrats in charge. The RINOs will just learn to mimic them better for next time.
    Some may disagree with me but better a bunch of RINOs who at least pay us lip service once in a while than democrats who say there's no place in NY for us.
    Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

    Comment


      #3
      Sad. but true, that piece was not fake news.............

      Comment


        #4
        There are some grains of truth in that article, but mostly it’s bullshit.
        Still here but still counting down. The inventor of Hawk fishing.

        Comment


          #5
          Originally posted by OH UNCLE PAUL View Post
          There are some grains of truth in that article, but mostly it’s bullshit.
          Fully agree. The Republicans are losing due to population and culture shifts.

          This board's history of fretting about RINOs and Dem politicians misses the often ignored reason for our gun freedom predicaments: demographics. The NY suburbs have permanently changed and are continuing to change. The gun culture is dying as less and less people in Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester Orange etc counties own firearms. The WWII generation that owned guns with no second thought are about gone. The boomers who grew up with firearms in their house, along with toy guns and cowboy and Indian shows, are losing influence to the next generation of millennials and Gen Xers, along with immigrants from countries that have no concept of individual gun rights or self defense freedoms. The blue collar manufacturing jobs whose workers hunted and organized company shooting clubs are gone, replaced with indoor centered youth whose career destiny is serving coffee or writing code.

          We've allowed ranges to close, been secretive about shooting in our lives, stopped taking noobs hunting, been passive in our individual civic activism because we send $40 to the NRA once a year for a magazine and expect that or other organizations to turn the tide while we sit home posting on here.

          I gots a hint for y'all. When SAFE act type laws poll in the 80% favorable range downstate, politicians, if they want to stay in the game, have to pay heed. Worry more about the changing demographics and disappearing culture. Don't scare off new shooters at ranges. Don't do stupid shit in gun stores. Take a noob out to your lease to hunt. Don't sit on our asses when it come time for elections. Primaries are underutilized tool by the gun community. We do NOT help by staying home at the polls allowing Dems to ease into office, all the while thinking you are sending a message to RINO's. (You arn't.)

          Comment


            #6
            I grew up there ,the stuff about the 50 s 60s And 70 s is true, County workers hid you could even get a a coveted job like that) were expected to give back 2% of their salary to the party. If you didn’t .....your job was so thin you caved in and gave. My cousin worked there I know first hand. Lots of stories they forgot Senator Pothole.

            Comment


              #7
              Originally posted by Grifhunter View Post

              Fully agree. The Republicans are losing due to population and culture shifts.

              This board's history of fretting about RINOs and Dem politicians misses the often ignored reason for our gun freedom predicaments: demographics. The NY suburbs have permanently changed and are continuing to change. The gun culture is dying as less and less people in Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester Orange etc counties own firearms. The WWII generation that owned guns with no second thought are about gone. The boomers who grew up with firearms in their house, along with toy guns and cowboy and Indian shows, are losing influence to the next generation of millennials and Gen Xers, along with immigrants from countries that have no concept of individual gun rights or self defense freedoms. The blue collar manufacturing jobs whose workers hunted and organized company shooting clubs are gone, replaced with indoor centered youth whose career destiny is serving coffee or writing code.

              We've allowed ranges to close, been secretive about shooting in our lives, stopped taking noobs hunting, been passive in our individual civic activism because we send $40 to the NRA once a year for a magazine and expect that or other organizations to turn the tide while we sit home posting on here.

              I gots a hint for y'all. When SAFE act type laws poll in the 80% favorable range downstate, politicians, if they want to stay in the game, have to pay heed. Worry more about the changing demographics and disappearing culture. Don't scare off new shooters at ranges. Don't do stupid shit in gun stores. Take a noob out to your lease to hunt. Don't sit on our asses when it come time for elections. Primaries are underutilized tool by the gun community. We do NOT help by staying home at the polls allowing Dems to ease into office, all the while thinking you are sending a message to RINO's. (You arn't.)
              I'm sorry to say, Long Island isn't just being lost to the gun grabbing libtards, its being lost to the developers and gross overpopulation. Nassau is done, give it another decade with over development and you won't know where Queens ends anymore. The last places in Suffolk that still have a hint of greenery out are getting plowed over for new housing developments. Even the once upscale communities with multiple acres are getting chopped up. And now its happening further and further out East. And with that, the few places left to shoot at will get shutdown, even more asinine laws will be passed meant to end gun ownership, and the sportsman license will become something only the well connected can get their hands on. I'll continue to fight for my rights, but we're not only fighting for the survival of gun rights on Long Island, we're fighting for the Island itself, and its almost gone.

              Comment


                #8
                The republicans in the 50's,60's, and 70's were not any better then today. They were called Rockefeller republicans for a reason
                The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule ...Samuel Adams, "The Rights of the Colonists" page 419

                Comment


                  #9
                  Originally posted by Grifhunter View Post

                  Fully agree. The Republicans are losing due to population and culture shifts.

                  This board's history of fretting about RINOs and Dem politicians misses the often ignored reason for our gun freedom predicaments: demographics. The NY suburbs have permanently changed and are continuing to change. The gun culture is dying as less and less people in Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester Orange etc counties own firearms. The WWII generation that owned guns with no second thought are about gone. The boomers who grew up with firearms in their house, along with toy guns and cowboy and Indian shows, are losing influence to the next generation of millennials and Gen Xers, along with immigrants from countries that have no concept of individual gun rights or self defense freedoms. The blue collar manufacturing jobs whose workers hunted and organized company shooting clubs are gone, replaced with indoor centered youth whose career destiny is serving coffee or writing code.

                  We've allowed ranges to close, been secretive about shooting in our lives, stopped taking noobs hunting, been passive in our individual civic activism because we send $40 to the NRA once a year for a magazine and expect that or other organizations to turn the tide while we sit home posting on here.

                  I gots a hint for y'all. When SAFE act type laws poll in the 80% favorable range downstate, politicians, if they want to stay in the game, have to pay heed. Worry more about the changing demographics and disappearing culture. Don't scare off new shooters at ranges. Don't do stupid shit in gun stores. Take a noob out to your lease to hunt. Don't sit on our asses when it come time for elections. Primaries are underutilized tool by the gun community. We do NOT help by staying home at the polls allowing Dems to ease into office, all the while thinking you are sending a message to RINO's. (You arn't.)
                  Bingo!

                  Comment


                    #10
                    Electing Trump didn't help. It gave the left something to rally around.

                    Comment

                    Working...
                    X