DiSanto to Voters: Golden Responsible For Status Quo After Nearly a Decade in Albany
We reached out, and only DiSanto reached back.
Insurgent Democratic candidate for State Senate Mike DiSanto is waging an uphill battle against his Republican opponent in the 22nd State Senate district, Atlas pal Marty Golden. DiSanto recently made headlines for his performance in a debate the other night, and we immediately reached out for comment. DiSanto was quick to respond.
Meanwhile, no word yet from Republican Sen. Marty Golden.
We asked Mr. DiSanto about his own perspective regarding the debate. His campaign issued a statement to our blog that brought the hammer down hard on Uncle Marty:
Senator Golden has been in the State Senate for almost a decade, and the fact is our economy, our schools, and our district are suffering. Senator Golden should take responsibility for his time in Albany instead of defending the status quo and blaming all of our problems on one party. He supports the congestion tax on anyone who drives into Manhattan, he voted for drastic cuts to senior services, and he supports dangerous gas drilling that threatens our water supply. As Mr. DiSanto said in the debate, Senator Golden is a tax and spend Republican who has no real solutions to our fiscal crisis.
Now, even before our blog took a critical look at Golden, a fellow Republican, he has never done anything to convince us or our readers that we are wrong in any way. He has never commented regarding our local GOP coverage and has kept entirely to himself, even as the local media has taken interest.
This campaign apparently has not provoked a different response from him.
But Golden continues to make a huge mistake by allowing a vacuum to form around him with GOP voters. Let’s not forget–and Mr. DiSanto intimates this in his statement–Sen. Golden has had some tough press lately. First, it was his involvement with Atlantic Yards. Then, it was his flip-flop on a critical piece of gun legislation. Most recently, he has been noticeably absent during crucial votes in the Senate.
Take this snippet from Courier Life recently:
Last week, state Sen. Marty Golden railed against the state’s decision to bring back the 4.375-percent tax on clothes and shoes — which began Friday — even though he was a no-show when the Senate voted on the measure on Aug. 3.
“I couldn’t be there, but I would have voted against [the tax] if I was there,” Golden (R-Bay Ridge) told us when asked him about his peculiar voting record on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge, just after he accused the state of screwing the taxpayer.
When pressed, Golden wouldn’t tell us why he wasn’t around for the vote that would affect virtually every non-nudist in the borough.
“I had an issue and I couldn’t be there,” he said sternly, refusing to say any more.
Golden was the only person excused from the Senate vote that day. The push to tax clothes and shoes under $110 carried, 32-28.
Granted, Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn and a host of local reformers have expressed serious reservations about Golden. But even if we took no issue with him at all, the Senator is not making it easy for his constituent Republicans to stand behind him and cheer.
This year has seen blunder after blunder, and Mr. DiSanto’s comments and recent debate performances have highlighted those facts.
Reformers such as those who write for our blog and our fellow readers have been faced with many difficult decisions this year. Most especially, they have been faced with the choice of supporting establishment candidates or no candidate at all.
This is a dilemma shared by many Tea Party activists and libertarians (and frankly, a large number of average New York voters displeased with their options).
Sen. Golden, like it or not, has been in Albany for nearly a decade in Albany. And, whether it’s to our blog or some other source, he needs to be held accountable for his actions. He needs to provide his district with a roadmap for their future given the reduction in local funding. He needs to explain why a freshman like Mr. DiSanto–who could potentially bring in more money as a Democrat–would do more harm than good to the district.
Basically, he needs to stop merely blaming the Democrats (yes, they deserve a tremendous amount of blame–we get that) and give the voters a blueprint for a Golden platform of legislation.
That’s no different from any other Republican seeking our vote and support this year.
So far, given Golden’s silence, he’s off to a terrible start.
Golden’s website is barren, he provides bare platitudes to the media, and then he expects to be venerated by local Republicans?
I don’t think so.
Whatever our disagreements are with Mr. DiSanto, it says something that he has, in this brief span as a candidate, said more about his goals in Albany than Sen. Golden has said seemingly in around seven years. I hear Golden complain a lot, but I don’t really know what he plans to work on in the coming years as one of our state senators. Honestly.
If Golden wants to be genuinely respected by his constituents for being a legislator and not merely as Uncle Marty, he needs to speak with the press more and provide a detailed plan for the district. That plan must be open and available for careful review. He needs to stop calling for “committees” and talking about “lowering taxes” and using vague statements.
It’s time he got specific.
The voters deserve that. Fellow Republicans deserve that. Because the district can’t suffer more of the same from status quo Albany.