DiSanto to Atlas Readers: Don’t Vote Down Party Lines, Choose Candidates “Committed to Reform”
We have been contacting a number of local political leaders and candidates for their comments regarding the “Brooklyn GOP Revolution” afoot and our recent poll, in which many of your voiced you opinion that new leadership is needed in the 22nd State Senate race.
On that note, we recevied an email from 22nd State Senate Candidate Mike DiSanto regarding the sentiments of local Brooklynites–both Democrats and Republicans–and their frustrations with government.
As you know, Mr. DiSanto is a Democrat running in opposition to State Senator Marty Golden, much to the dismay of Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez. We have mentioned some aspects of his campaign before on Atlas.
Here was what Mr. DiDanto had to say regarding the recent Marty Golden Atlas Poll and the state of politics in New York:
I believe that these poll results echo the frustrations of people across the state. Our legislators have abused their power and deprived the people of any real representation for far too long. I am proud to be part of a group of candidates and incumbents (from both parties) who are dedicated to ending the dysfunction in Albany. I have signed pledges to commit to specific reforms in the areas of Independent Redistricting, Ethical Government and Responsible Budgeting. I am also calling for full disclosure of discretionary fund spending and greater community involvement in determining how these funds are utilized. I urge both Democrats and Republicans not to vote straight down party lines but to consider individual candidates and their commitment to reform.
We emailed Sen. Golden asking him to respond to Mr. DiSanto’s statements and/or to offer general comment on the state of affairs in GOP politics.
He has not done so, nor has his office.
If he does respond, we will reproduce that response here for you to read.
Now, some of you might be saying: Why is a Republican/libertarian/conservative-leaning blog asking a Democratic candidate any questions at all?
First, almost 34% of those of you that voted in our most recent poll said you would even consider a Democrat over Senator Golden given his recent conduct. While the large majority of you said you wanted new Republican representation, that comfortable minority was reason enough to seek a comment from Sen. Golden’s most visible challenger thus far.
Second, we will promote the voice of anyone seeking reform to our readers–regardless of party–so that you can decide who has the better argument. The way our party has behaved in recent years–dishing out Wilson Pakulas to every Democrat under the sun–is ample justification for us to look outside of our party for any and all figures, regardless of ideology or party allegiance, who seek positive reform in our government.
Whether Mr. DiSanto (or any politician for that matter) is one of those people is something we can only learn in time after careful consideration of all his positions. But I personally appreciate his words of reform, which our political system desperately needs.
And In my opinion (though you may disagree), I don’t care to see a man who gave $1000 to Pedro Espada, was “for Hiram Monserratte before he was against him,” and who palls around with Bertha Lewis for any reason reelected to public office.
That’s my own opinion.
But even if it’s not yours, we need to keep our eyes open to the entire political world around us. Things aren’t going to change until we change them.
And that’s going to take everyone’s help, regardless of party.