White Plains, NY, June 28, 2010 – Citing the latest Quinnipiac University poll as further proof that voters – Democrats and Republicans alike – are looking for new representation in Albany, Westchester County Republican Chairman Doug Colety (left) today called on incumbent Senator Oppenheimer (D – 37th District) to step aside and let a candidate from the so-called ‘New Democratic Party’ run in her place.
“Voters have made it clear that they have had enough of the tax, borrow, and spend policies that got us into this mess – and the politicians who enacted them,” said Colety. “The state is on the edge of financial ruin, property taxes are out-of-control, and we’re still struggling with a weakened economy, but entrenched legislators like Senator Oppenheimer continue to bury their heads in the sand. After more than 25 years in the most dysfunctional legislature in the nation, one can see why.”
According to the poll, 76 percent of registered voters disapprove of the job performance of the state Legislature, breaking down as follows: 87 percent of independent voters, 85 percent of registered Republicans, and nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of registered Democrats. Both the Senate and Assembly currently have Democrat majorities. Forty percent of registered Democrats said that their state Senator should not be reelected.
The poll also found that 59 percent of voters feel all candidates should take a pledge to support the creation of an independent panel to draw legislative district lines. To date, Senator Oppenheimer has opposed the measure and refused to take the pledge.
“Senator Oppenheimer has spent the last 25 years as a complacent, reliable vote for her party’s leadership and the special interests in the spending lobby,” said Colety. “She has consistently blocked reform and sound fiscal policy in favor of political expediency. Westchester residents deserve a Senator who will fight for their needs, not the wishes of party bosses and the big spenders bankrolling the Working Families Party.
“Senator Oppenheimer should step aside and let a candidate who does not have such cozy relationships with Albany lobbyists and a vehemently anti-taxpayer, anti-reform record run in her place. It is pretty clear that is what the voters want.”