Could De Blasio’s Latest Stunt Be
The Straw That Changes New York City Election Results
Everyone in the country has had something to say about New York Mayor De Blasio’s asinine trip to the G20 Summit. He not only left in secret but left behind matters that needed his presence like the funeral of a valiant police officer who was assassinated last week. He also left behind his address to the graduating police academy class in order to take part in demonstrations and violent chaos of the anarchists at the G20 Summit. Her death and the incoming police recruits were not all he scorned in pursuit of his communist agenda. Way to show your disdain for your city, Mayor!
According to Ballotpedia, the next election in New York City is a very big deal.
New York City has been a Democrat stronghold for most of its years in every election and position since it began in 1898. Only a very few times has anyone other than a Democrat held the mayoral position, Rudy Giuliani 1994-2001 and Michael Bloomberg 2002-2013 being the only ones in the last 46 years. No other positions like advocate, comptroller or council has been other than Democrat since 1953. No Republican has held any of those positions since 1945. Wikipedia
Partisan primaries are scheduled for September 12, 2017, and the general election will be held on November 7, 2017. In this election not only will De Blasio be fighting to save his spot as mayor but elections for public advocate, district attorney, comptroller, and all 51 seats on the city council will be voted on. Filing for positions end July 13, 2017.
Seven members of the city council, including District 8 Councilwoman and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D), are ineligible to run for re-election in 2017 due to term limits. District 21 Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D), who was expected to be a front-runner to replace Mark-Viverito in the speaker’s chair, also opted not to run for re-election. Two open questions are who Democratic county leaders will back to succeed Viverito in the speaker’s chair and how much impact Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will have on the race. So far seven Democrats have tossed their hats in the ring for the speaker position but none have registered from the Republican Party as far as reported by Ballotpedia at June 28th.
Allegations of campaign violations by DeBlasio occurred after his election but were lifted in March 2017. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. concluded that his investigation into whether de Blasio’s campaign exchanged donations to his 2013 campaign for political favors lacked sufficient evidence to proceed. Potential Democratic challengers including City Comptroller Scott Stringer, former city council speaker Christina Quinn, and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries declined to run. They probably thought that in 2020 after the term limit occurred, it would be easier than to face an incumbent DeBlasio.
The 2017 Republican primary was altered by businessman Paul Massey’s withdrawal from the Republican primary on June 28, 2017. Massey and state rep. Nicole Malliotakis were the leading Republican candidates in name recognition and funding. Massey won the Independence Party nomination in January 2017 and raised $4,640,506 through May 15, 2017. In his withdrawal announcement, Massey cited de Blasio’s campaign finance advantage and the difficulty of raising enough money to be competitive in the general election. (From the sounds of it, either Massey didn’t have what it took to pony up or his nether regions shriveled up.) Malliotakis received the ballot line of the Conservative Party in May 2017.
NYPD Chief Philip Banks has been mulling over stepping up to challenge DeBlasio recently. There is a question in his background but apparently he is liked and his community has been urging him to run. Personally, given all that DeBlasio has done to the city and his communist attitude, I wish Chief Banks all the best should he decide to challenge or ANYONE (well almost anyone barring the devil waiting in the wings) other than this southern end of a diarrhea prone north-bound Jackass.
It seems in February 2016 Bertha Lewis, head of the Black Institute, and the Latino Legislative Caucus teamed up to push through a bill allowing ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS the right to vote in local elections. I don’t know what happened in that issue but I am aware there are a few cities who do allow this to happen locally. One wonders if there were more to the story on voting in the last election and Definitely in this upcoming election.
The Daily Signal mentioned this in a 2016 article.
“Ron Hayduk, a political science professor at Queens College of the City University of New York, told The Daily Signal that “regardless of citizenship or immigration status,” six towns in Maryland allow illegal immigrants to vote in local elections, and the city of Chicago allows illegal immigrants to vote in “local school site elections.”
So….how come Republicans aren’t eager to toss their hats in the ring? There have to be a few good ones willing to take on such a monumental task. Good heavens, look at De Blasio…Joe Lahota seemed to do well even if he did not end up winning.
Could this again be one of those rare New York City elections where patriotism and common sense reigns over the city again? Talk about some frantic, screaming fools if by chance the city switched to libertarian or Republican—-ohhhhh my!