Archive for August, 2010

No Show Lazio Deserves No Time with the Tea Party

Posted on August 22, 2010. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , |

I don’t run a business but my husband does.  He hires many people. Unfortunately, at times he has to fire them too.  If someone misses a job interview for valid reasons he will usually offer a reschedule.  If they do not offer valid reasons or do not give notice of cancellation he will not offer to reschedule.  Why would he?  They are not interested in the job.

On Monday August 16, Orange/Sullivan 912 had a prearranged and confirmed appointment with GOP designated gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio for what we called a job interview.  Mr. Lazio sent word by way of a text message through a staffer thirty-four minutes before the start of the vetting session that he would not be able to attend.  We had a packed room full of expectant citizens and elected officials eager to meet him and hear him answer their questions.  We planned for a professional and fair vetting session.

During the last couple of days, many grassroots activists who also received requests from Team Lazio have emailed me and asked my opinion on whether they should extend Mr. Rick an offer to come speak to their tea party group.

Here is my take on this subject.  If you do, do so at your own peril. I do not believe he REALLY cares a hoot about the tea party.

Why do I feel so strongly that you should not offer him a venue and why I would never consider having him back?  I would not, because Rick was disrespectful to me, my group, and my community.

The polite thing would have been to send a representative in his place to apologize for his absence and to speak for him at our event. A more considerate and humble politician would have thought to do that.

I cannot say that O/S 912 was set up by the Lazio Team in order to disgrace and mock us.  However, I cannot say for sure that we were not.  We realize we are not well loved right now by the Conservative or Republican party because we have forced primaries in many races and have created a new line on the November ballot with our petition drives.

I have learned a great deal about party shenanigans these last few weeks and I have to say I highly suspect the “Lazio No show” was calculated.  He could have sent a representative, he didn’t.

There is precious time left to get ready for the New York Republican Primary September 14th.  I would advise all Tea Party groups to not give one single second of that precious time made possible by hard working grassroots activists to “No Show Lazio”.

Sheryl Thomas
During the last couple of days, many grassroots activists who also received requests from Team Lazio have emailed me and asked my opinion on whether they should extend Mr. Rick (No show Lazio) an offer to come speak to their tea party group.

Here is my take on this subject.  If you do, do so at your own peril. I do not believe he REALLY cares a hoot about the tea party.

Why do I feel so strongly that you should not offer him a venue and why I would never consider having him back?  I would not, because Rick was disrespectful to me, my group, and my community.

The polite thing would have been to send a representative in his place to apologize for his absence and to speak for him at our event. A more considerate and humble politician would have thought to do that.

I cannot say that O/S 912 was set up by the Lazio Team in order to disgrace and mock us.  However, I cannot say for sure that we were not.  We realize we are not well loved right now by the Conservative or Republican party because we have forced primaries in many races and have created a new line on the November ballot with our petition drives.

I have learned a great deal about party shenanigans these last few weeks and I have to say I highly suspect the “Lazio No show” was calculated.  He could have sent a representative, he didn’t.

There is precious time left to get ready for the New York Republican Primary September 14th.  I would advise all Tea Party groups to not give one single second of that precious time made possible by hard working grassroots activists to “No Show Lazio”.

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No Show Lazio fails job interview, Paladino picks up O/S 912 Tea Party endorsement

Posted on August 22, 2010. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , |

We want to give all of you that attended the Lazio debacle last night a huge THANK YOU!

We turned lemons into lemonade.

Many people who came to see and support Lazio were disgusted at his “no-show” and indicated they are fed up. They asked for Tea Party literature.
So, what could be seen as a loss for us was actually a gain. We will grow our ranks.

Mr. Lazio requested what we call a job interview with THE PEOPLE of O/S 912 and the community. He failed his job interview. Rule #1, you don’t skip out on a job interview if you really want the job.

We want to tell all our O/S 912 members that attended last night how proud we are of you and how much we appreciate your patriot friendship.
O/S 912 handled a tough situation with dignity and resolve. We thank you for joining with us in a “quick on our feet” decision to press forward! We had a GREAT meeting!

Even though, we realize an endorsement may mean nothing at this point it is significant for us. We have said we would NOT “endorse” as a O/S 912 group but encourage our members to choose a candidate and get active.
However, a large group of core O/S 912 members met privately minutes before announcing Rick Lazio had “dissed” the Tea Party and unanimously agreed to announce the endorsement of Carl Paladino for Governor.

Carl has repeatedly attended our vetting sessions and answered the hard questions. He has laid out his bold plan IN DETAIL.

He has attended our rallies and connected with the folks. He is serious in his intention to work for THE PEOPLE.

Carl is standing against the “politics as usual” party establishment and put himself out as the true grassroots candidate even acknowledging the Tea Party in his million dollar ad blitz. It is time the Tea Party stands proudly with Carl.

Onward we go….now to the September 14th Primary and our endorsement of Carl Paladino for Governor!

Randy & Sheryl
Organizers, O/S 912

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Who is the Real Spoiler, Paladino or lazio?

Posted on August 5, 2010. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

A couple of nights ago I was featured as a guest speaker at another Tea Party meeting.  I was asked to speak to the group about the current New York governor’s race. First of all, I am completely amazed that I  would be asked to speak about politics and even more amazed that I would know enough about the  political process to articulate it to an audience. Until eleven months ago I was politically ignorant even though I kept abreast of current news but even that was mostly at the federal, not state, level.

I was asked to speak about the new Taxpayers Party Line and what it means to the average “New York Joe Citizen” taxpayer and voter. I began my presentation with a simple question.

I asked the audience, “How many of you sitting in this room tonight believe that Carl Paladino will win the Republican primary against Rick Lazio?”  From a room of 60 plus people at least half or more in the room shot up their hands, including me.

Then I said, “Based on the number of hands that just went up I would have to say that Carl Paladino is a legitimate contender against Rick Lazio for the Republican nomination for the Governor of the State of New York.   You have just stated as such.

Then I said, I have another question for you. “If that is true why is there a double standard when it comes to Carl Paladino’s race for governor and Rick Lazio’s?”  Let’s have a little perspective, please.

If you are a registered Republican or Conservative and you believe Carl Paladino will win the Republican primary are you not equally concerned that Republican candidate Rick Lazio has pledged to remain on the conservative ticket even after he loses the Republican primary?

How is it so many are concerned that Carl will split the vote when the designated New York GOP nominee for Governor has vowed HE WILL split the vote?

Over the last couple of weeks I have received numerous emails from the grassroots smarting over Carl’s flip flop about whether he will remain on the Taxpayer Party Line should he lose the primary to Rick Lazio, September 14.  I know he will not lose the primary but, humor me here.

These emails suggest that Carl will be another “Ross Perot”; splitting the ticket and thus ushering in a sure win for Democrat Andrew Cuomo.  In effect, accusing Carl of being a Republican spoiler.

But I ask you, “Who is the real spoiler?”

Rick Lazio has publicaly pledged to the Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long that he will not step off the Conservative line should he lose the Republican primary to Carl Paladino.  Oh no, he will continue to campaign for the governorship on the Conservative line rather than have to “hold his nose” to endorse Carl.

Why will he do this? To use his name recognition in an effort to  miraculously pull a victory despite Carl Paladino and to insure that the Conservative Party remain a viable party.

No official party is happy when a new line is placed on the voting ballot.  Every new line means a fracturing of the vote by voters.  The more lines the harder parties have to work for each vote. The less votes at the ballot box per line the more risk of losing the Party line completely.

This year both the Republican Party and Conservative Party stands to lose a great deal of voter loyalty to the Taxpayer Party Line and that means a loss of power.

Until now, it was the party bosses who ultimately decided which candidates would be put before the people for election.  Now, average voters are vetting candidates themselves and making more informed decisions. If this trend continues the imbalance in power of bosses over people may be rectified.

The Taxpayer Party is Not a real party, yet.  It is not even a line on the  ballot. But it will be. Once again thousands of grassroots activist are carrying Taxpayer Party Line petitions to secure at least 30,000 signatures for Carl Paladino and other candidates thereby guaranteeing it a place at the table for the November 2 general election.

Even still, in order for it to become an official party for the general election of 2012 it has to garner 50,000 votes November 2, 2010.  And further it will not have any true power until somewhere in 2011 when candidates begin to solicit endorsements and they come knocking on the doors of the major grassroots, Tea Party groups in New York.

Then the Tea Party and the Taxpayers Party will have a platform.  What will the platform look like?

If you want to know what the Taxpayers Party platform is look to the leader of the Taxpayer Party, Carl Paladino. If you square with Carl’s vision for New York and his bold plan to a return of sensible governing then you might consider yourself a Taxpayer Party member.

But why does Carl need this party line anyway?

No governor in the state of New York has been able to win a general election with only one line.  In order to insure that Carl would be able to take on his Democratic challenger,in this case Andrew Cuomo, who will capture votes on the Democrat, Independence,and Working Family Party lines, he is forced to set up an additional line. This new line will capture those angry voters who feel disenfranchised from their democratic, independence, and conservative parties.

Enthusiasm is waning with registered Republican voters too.  They are no longer willing to mechanically vote party line. There are many republicans in the state of New York that will NOT cast a vote on a republican line this year…no way, no how.  There are many conservatives who will not stand by their parties at the voting places and believe it or not quit a few democrats who are angry enough at what they perceive to be weakness in their party and a lack of real vision for reform who will pull the lever for the Taxpayer Party.

What many fail to recognize about the grassroots movement is although for the most part we are registered party voters the reason we have now engaged in political activism is because our convictions and principles supersede our party loyalty and we have had enough of party corruption and arrogance at our expense. We will hold to our principles and if it means disappointing the party, oh well.  We will fight for our convictions and continue to fight even if we do not win all the battles.

Right now, we are on course to insure principled Carl Paladino has an equal shot at becoming a spoiler in this years gubernatorial election.  If its good enough for Rick Lazio to press on even if he loses the Republican primary it should be good enough for Carl.

However, when Carl appears on the Republican line for Governor November 2 and you can’t stomach a Republican “pull of the lever” vote for Carl on the Taxpayer Party line, not on the Republican line, and send a clear message to all the parties, CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?

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