Bagel Store Midterm Madness – The 5 Towns Jewish Times

Let’s focus on a couple of these races in the mad rush for the vital objective of the Republican Party maintaining a majority in both houses of Congress. As of now, those who prognosticate these matters believe that the number of Republican seats in the Senate will increase, while the outcome of the House races is a bit more of a toss-up that is still looking good, however, as far as keeping a Republican majority, albeit slim.

Listening to Congresswoman Rice at the inaugural function of the Five Towns Political Action Committee event at the Young Israel of Woodmere last Sunday morning, her political acumen and success shone brightly. Kathleen Rice is a Democrat and, as she describes herself, a moderate who rejects the growth and encroachment of the extreme and even socialist left into the party.

Ameer Benno

Rice makes it clear that she does not subscribe to what she refers to as “AOC,” which we quickly realize is a veiled critical reference to Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who is seeking to pull the Democratic Party to a more extreme left than it is at present. The congresswoman also mentions that while she does hope that American voters cast ballots for more Democrats and that the party takes control of the House, she also says that she is not in favor of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi being once again installed as speaker of the House.

Other candidates present at the forum included the always affable State Senator Todd Kaminsky, in all likelihood a future attorney general or even someday governor of New York in a post-Cuomo era. And we also heard from Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro who, unbeknownst to many, is the Republican candidate for governor and will face Governor Andrew Cuomo in the November 6 election. Assemblywoman Melissa Miller

Molinaro is a smart and impressive political leader, but like so many other Republicans in the past, after the 12-year tenure of Republican governor George Pataki, achieving any electoral traction has proven to be near impossible for the party. So while Molinaro is a savvy and articulate conservative, his political positions unfortunately do not stand a chance in an overwhelmingly Democrat-leaning state of New York.

On the other hand, with certain sectors of the country both supporting and understanding the thrust of the Trump presidency, it would follow that Republicans may have an opportunity this year to do better than they have in a long time. And while that might very well be the case, and while many Democrats have good reasons to cross over to vote Republican, it does not look like it will be anywhere near enough to score Republican victories for statewide office.

But that does not mean that some Republicans in New York cannot manage to win. They certainly can. And one of those candidates is Tom Sullivan, who is running for State Senate in Queens and is facing Democratic incumbent Joe Addabbo. Senator Addabbo is a classic Democrat who supports Governor Cuomo’s policy up and down the line. A Sullivan victory could tip the balance in the direction of the Republicans in state government which, of course, would provide the proper formulation of checks and balances which benefits all citizens when the balance is utilized productively.

I met with Mr. Sullivan last week in the 5TJT offices, and I can report that he communicated a great and important message of particular relevance to the 5TJT readership. The Sullivan-Addabbo district includes areas like Far Rockaway, Howard Beach, Glendale, Woodside, and an assortment of other areas of Queens. Sullivan has 23 years of experience as a financial professional on top of 25+ years of military service. His agenda includes supporting lower taxes, reducing wasteful spending, and fighting tirelessly to represent the people of the district.

Former NYS assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is a Democrat who is supporting the incumbent, Mr. Addabbo, but says that he thinks very highly of Mr. Sullivan and considers him a close and good friend. In our meeting last week, Mr. Sullivan acknowledged that he understood that Goldfeder would be supporting the Democrat but still, he says, he values Goldfeder’s friendship and advice.

As long as we were talking about New York State politics with Mr. Goldfeder, I asked him why what seems like some very talented Republican candidates haven’t been able to gain ground or actually defeat Democrats in the voting booth in the past—and most likely won’t defeat them in the upcoming elections. We talked specifically about Mr. Molinaro, who Phil says he knows well and with whom he served in the Assembly when he was in office. Chele Farley at FTJPAC Meeting October 14

Of course, we have all read about how Las Vegas casino moguls Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are investing tens of millions of dollars in senatorial and congressional races, but even though that is a lot of money, they are limiting those donations to races that they believe can be won. Unfortunately, most of the New York races do not qualify as recipients of their largesse.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be devoting space to a variety of these races. There is a great deal at stake nationally as well as here in New York. There is a possibility that the vote will completely rearrange the direction of the country come the New Year. The Democrats are hoping that this is the outcome, but the good news for the country is that it does not look like that is going to happen.