Why Have the LI Activists Made an Endorsement Without Even Speaking to Mike Sax for Congress NY2 Campaign?
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Which is sort of ironic when you consider that progressive groups like the LI Activists have been so critical of what they call ‘backroom deals’ and coronations.
Yet here we are 7 and 1/2 months before the primary for NY2 and they’ve already made their choice. They have endorsed on of the other candidates in the race. Let’s be clear-I don’t mind if a group of professional activists wants to endorse another candidate-for the record there are three candidates in this race of which I am one.
Here’s what surprises me though. LI Activists made no effort to contact or reach out to me. Considering their stated preference for an open primary isn’t this strange? As we know, light bulb Tim Gomes has no interest in speaking with anyone.
But the LI Activists and some other progressive activist groups have pretended there are just two candidates in the race: Gomes and Liuba Grechen Shirley.
While they rightfully criticize Gomes they don’t tell you that there is another progressive candidate in the race, yours truly.
I have to say I was very humbled and appreciative of the all the positive feedback I received after my short speech before the Brookhaven TownHall a few weeks ago.
Many who were just hearing me speak publicly for the first time realize that, yes, there is another progressive in the race.
In all due modesty, my new New Deal-or New Deal 2.0-will take a backseat to NO ONE in terms of a progressive policy agenda.
Yet LI Activists and some other similar groups seem to show no interest in sitting down with me and hearing my hopes and aspirations for this district. And note this is 7 and 1/2 months before the Democratic primary on June 28, 2018.
Among a group of activists who make so much of no back room deals. Yet they haven’t invited me to meet with them and let them know my agenda for NY2.
And we have an unprecedented opportunity here my friends in the New York Two Congressional District. We have an actual open primary. That hasn’t happened in-a long time.
In fact, here’s a pop quiz for you: when was the last time we had an open primary in the NY2 district?
Ok, it’s a trick question because the answer is never. This is why I emphasize we have an unprecedented opportunity in the NY2 district. We’ve never had this chance to pick our on Democratic Congressional nominee before.
What’s more the DNC is finally willing to challenge Peter ‘King Hamlet.’ I call him King Hamlet because Peter King like Hamlet is always waffling and hiding his true positions on issues like when he pretended for months to be undecided on Trumpcare but when it mattered he reassured Paul Ryan and Donald Trump-‘You don’t have to worry about me.’
So with this opportunity to actually pick our own nominee, let’s not squander it folks! I haven nothing against Liuba Shirley-she’s a great person and a compelling nominee. I get that.
But so is our campaign. Let’s have an open debate on the issues and where we want to take this district.
I don’t mind if a particular group like LI Activists endorses her so long as it is well considered and deliberative. In other words, they speak to ALL the progressive Democratic candidates and with an open mind-not as a rubber stamp where they pretend to listen but their mind is already made up.
Honestly, with 7 and 1/2 months until June 28, 2018 what is the rush? Why not interview me and then even take a few months to really think about it in an honest way?
I think we NY2 constituents have a right to that at least!
What say you?
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