In New Blog Post, Antoun Analyzes Anti-Establishment Primary Results
On his blog, my friend Roy Antoun, Brooklyn’s Own Son of Liberty, offers his views of the anti-establishment sentiments that brought Republicans across the state to vote this past Tuesday. As I like to do occasionally, I thought I would share it with all of you:
Tuesday, September 14th was Primary Day for New Yorkers. But it was also the day that virtually every Craig Eaton-endorsed candidate lost the ballot… by a landslide. The United States, in cahoots with establishment candidates, has hopped on several different movements, the largest being the Tea Party, in hopes to change the political culture of the country to a more liberated economic setting. Here’s a quick rundown of the primary results:
PALADINO – WON – 62%
*LAZIO – LOST – 38%
TOWNSEND – WON – 56%
*BERNTSEN – LOST – 44%
DIOGUARDI – WON – 42%
MALPASS – LOST – 38%
*BLAKEMAN – LOST – 21%’
GRIMM – WON – 69%
*ALLEGRETTI – LOST – 31%
* Establishment-backed candidates.
This isn’t a coincidence. Paladino, depicted as the Tea Party candidate beat Craig Eaton-endorsed Rick Lazio for many reasons. First, the Tea Party affiliation shows the desire to move government from economic control to economic freedom. Despite the hate rhetoric given by many Tea Partiers, the gist of having a movement of this nature suggests that people are essentially “fed up with the Fed.” Rick Lazio did not affiliate himself with the Tea Party but, instead, received the backing of the very establishment that put Americans into this economic mess. Paladino, seen as the underdog, anti-establishment candidate got the vote and the victory for those very reasons.
Craig Eaton is the establishment. He is the party chairman. Therefore, whoever he endorses is, essentially, the kiss of death. His endorsement of Bruce Blakeman was juvenile and irrational. Not only did Blakeman look like another fake politician with a plastic smile, but people just didn’t like him and the numbers show for it. Of the three candidates, Dioguardi, Malpass, and Blakeman, Bruce Blakeman received the least amount of votes. And it’s also not a coincidence that Jonathan Judge’s candidate, Joe Dioguardi won; not to mention that he had the best credentials of the three candidates.
I was saving the best for last. The Grimm vs. Allegretti race was, by far, my favorite. Allegretti was a paisan. He was one of us!
No he wasn’t. Brooklyn demographics have changed dramatically since the 1980s and old-school New York politics no longer apply. Meaning, a political candidate can no longer play the ethnic card and expect to win when a large portion of his district is… not Italian. Allegretti’s petty attack on Grimm’s military career, in combination with his vehement support of the establishment cost him the Republican nomination. The Allegretti campaign was poorly run and made petty attacks on McMahon, Grimm, and non-Italians. Although I am pleased to see Grimm win the Republican primary in my Congressional District, Tom Vendittelli exhibits better free market principles and it running on a non-partisan line.
Looking at the results of the primary the most important conclusion we can grab from this is to never, ever accept the backing of the establishment. No one likes Craig Eaton.
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More coverage of the GOP primary is coming this weekend.