What's Wrong with the GOP??

The Jewish Voice - - EDITORIAL -

As New York­ers gear up for yet an­other pri­mary and gen­eral elec­tion sea­son their vot­ing choices for mayor, city coun­cil, pub­lic ad­vo­cate, bor­ough pres­i­dent, district at­tor­ney and comp­trol­ler re­main over­whelm­ing on the Demo­cratic side of the prover­bial aisle. While this should come as no sur­prise to any diedin-the-wool New Yorker who un­der­stands that their city has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for main­tain­ing a solid blue pres­ence since its gov­ern­men­tal for­ma­tion; it is also clear that not ev­ery­one re­sid­ing in the Big Ap­ple has signed on to the pro­gres­sive, lib­eral agenda that has dom­i­nated the po­lit­i­cal strato­sphere.

It ap­pears that well in­ten­tioned Repub­li­can/ Con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates vy­ing for elected of­fice of­ten hit a dead end when it per­tains to get­ting their mes­sage agenda across to vot­ers. Spec­u­la­tion has run ram­pant on the abysmal fail­ure of the Repub­li­can party to pro­vide suc­cor to their can­di­dates with suf­fi­cient fi­nan­cial and com­mu­ni­ca­tions sup­port. One thing how­ever is for cer­tain. Repub­li­can can­di­dates, their donors and the party they rep­re­sent have con­sis­tently spurned the as­sis­tance of one their nat­u­ral al­lies in the bat­tle for lib­erty and in­di­vid­ual free­doms. The right-wing and con­ser­va­tive Jewish me­dia for one is not con­vinced that that the al­leged in­abil­ity of Repub­li­can can­di­dates to achieve vic­tory at the polls is a fait ac­com­pli.

For well over a decade, the Jewish Voice and other Jewish pub­li­ca­tions whose read­ers have a clear com­pre­hen­sion that the Demo­cratic agenda runs counter to their be­lief sys­tem and of­ten stands in op­po­si­tion to the wel­fare of their com­mu­ni­ties have striven to pub­li­cize Repub­li­can can­di­dates and their mes­sage. In re­turn, not only have the can­di­dates vir­tu­ally rel­e­gated the in­flu­ence of the Jewish me­dia to the trash heap but have lost sight of the fact that its pages are read by prom­i­nent opin­ion mak­ers who hold tremen­dous sway within the po­lit­i­cal hi­er­achy of the city.

In the last New York City may­oral race that saw pub­lic ad­vo­cate Bill deBla­sio sail to vic­tory in a con­tentious race, the Jewish Voice had vo­cally en­dorsed and reg­u­larly pub­li­cized the can­di­dacy of for­mer MTA chair­man Joe Lhota. Due to the in­ci­sive cov­er­age given to Lhota, he won the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion and beat su­per­mar­ket mag­nate John Cat­si­ma­tidis. While Lhota did not win the may­oral race, pun­dits across the po­lit­i­cal di­vide have ac­knowl­edged the fact that the ex­po­sure Lhota was given in the Jewish and Con­ser­va­tive me­dia, helped cat­a­pult him to the GOP nom­i­na­tion.

Con­gress­man Michael Grimm (R-SI) is a name that we may all be fa­mil­iar with but not for the rea­sons that we would hope. Prior to the rev­e­la­tion of the charges lev­eled against him, Mr. Grimm was not only a pil­lar of the com­mu­nity but a con­gress­man who truly cared about his con­stituents in Staten Is­land and Brook­lyn. He la­bored as­sid­u­ously to en­sure that leg­is­la­tion was passed to help the com­mu­ni­ties that he served. Mr. Grimm's cam­paign was given the “wind be­neath its wings” by the max­i­mum vis­i­bil­ity pro­vided by the Jewish Voice.

Af­ter re­peated at­tempts to elicit a con­crete re­ply from the GOP movers and shak­ers in the New York City area as to why they have dis­played re­cal­ci­trance as it per­tains to cre­at­ing work­ing part­ner­ships with friendly press, no such an­swer has been forth­com­ing. This leads one to be­lieve that the rea­sons for this sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­ni­ca­tions im­ped­i­ment may run far deeper and more cryp­tic than any one of us orig­i­nally thought

While Joe Lhota did not win the last NYC may­oral race, pun­dits across the po­lit­i­cal di­vide have ac­knowl­edged the fact that the ex­po­sure Lhota was given in the Jewish and Con­ser­va­tive me­dia, helped cat­a­pult him to the GOP nom­i­na­tion.

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