GOP Alienates Westchester; Most in Party

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“Westchester County’s Presidential Ties”

Michael Edelman, Esq.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL — NOVEMBER 2013 — Video demonstrating connections between Westchester County and U.S. Presidents from decades ago was informative, but it is equally interesting to note that Westchester County in the 1970’s, ‘80’s, and ‘90’s was a regular stopping off place for Republicans campaigning for the White House. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. In 1972, when President Richard Nixon conducted a bus tour with a stop in Yonkers, I was there as an aide to the Carl Vergari for Congress campaign in the old 24th Congressional District. The black Cadillac limo used by President Nixon on his visit was, until recently, still in use by a local limousine company.

Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, who lived in Westchester and for whom I had the pleasure of serving as Assistant Director for Youth on his 1970 gubernatorial campaign, and who later became vice president, had presidential aspirations dating back to the Republican convention in 1964 when he was booed by the Goldwater crowd as too liberal for the party. Goldwater of course was crushed in the general election, but Rocky continued to harbor presidential 

ambitions until he was asked to step down by President Ford so he could put Bob Dole on the ticket to appeal to the growing base of the party in the South and West.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan appeared in Westchester County for a fundraiser at the home of John L. Loeb Jr. in Purchase. As a senior adviser to Ambassador Loeb, I attended. Reagan understood that Westchester County was still capable of supporting a Republican Presidential candidate. The same can be said for George H.W. Bush who, as a sitting vice president came to the county seeking the presidency in 1988. I was asked to be master of ceremonies for the event in White Plains.

The then-vice president and future president, who had roots in nearby Greenwich, CT, understood as well that Westchester County was an important pivotal suburban county and that an appearance in the county was a must.

Unfortunately, those days are now gone. Subsequent Republican candidates have skipped over Westchester. Neither Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, nor Mitt Romney gave Westchester County a thought. No media was bought, no campaign effort was spent and no time was given to what once was a swing suburban county.

Veering right

And, that has been the story for the Republican Party, nationally. As it has veered further and further to the right, incorporating positions on social issues that were and are so far out of traditional Republican mainstream thinking that they are a disqualifier for most moderate Republican voters all over the nation. When coupled with the isolationist wing of the national party represented by Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, not to mention the Tea Party caucus of the House, moderate Republicans have nowhere to go. I doubt Ronald Reagan today could still get his own party’s nomination. Look at the positions enunciated by the Tea Party branch of the party – attempting to shut down government to spite the president’s health care plan, threatening a default on the nation’s debt and advocating the dismantling of many of the same programs supported by Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford and Reagan simply to pander to those who think of the nation as the makers vs. the takers or, as Mitt Romney put it, the 47 percent who he could never “convince to take responsibility for themselves.”

Get the Coronavirus Watch newsletter in your inbox. Updates on how the coronavirus is affecting your community and the nation. Delivery: Varies with respect to you Email. This new breed of elected official has careened out of control and is able to influence, and overwhelm the House of Representatives, largely because their home districts have been gerrymandered, making them a protected and irresponsible species who believes that compromise is a dirty word, and whose only worry is a primary from an even more conservative right wing candidate funded by Heritage, the Club for Growth or the Koch Brothers.

What Ronald Reagan and other Republicans recognized was that the function of elected members of the U.S. Congress was to do the people’s business, to get things done and to work across the aisle. This is now considered “surrender” by the Tea Party, but if a democracy is to succeed there must be compromise. The dysfunction we are witnessing is compounded on a daily basis by 

misinformation and false premises constantly spewed by talking heads like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and others who on a daily and continuing basis pound a fringe ideology, which is factually challenged, into the heads of those who either won’t take the time to think for themselves, or simply don’t have the ability to separate rational political discussion from entertainment.

So, it is after being a Republican for over 40 years that I reject the Tea Party brand as being undemocratic and anything but conservative. I call them “radical reactionaries.” And for that reason I have this year changed my registration to become a member of the fastest growing party in the nation – no party at all.

Michael Edelman Esq., is a a writer, a national political consultant, analyst, commentator, and pundit.

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  1. Westchester county became a self serving political system over the last 50 yrs. The political party protected themselves at the expense of the taxpayers. They protected money , power, and corruption over the rights of the taxpayer. I’ve been around for a long time and can bring up cases in which, politicians and union officials should have been removed and or served time. Carting industry scandal in which Vincent Castaldo , second in command under county executive Andrew O ‘ Rourke, accepted a bribe and delivered it amongst certain county Westchester officials, to vote in favor of a certain carting company controlled by organized crime. He was able to walk free, along with a union official who delivered the money and politicians who took the bribe. The mob guys who went to jail, really did nothing wrong. They simply bought out politicians. The politicians were the real criminals but walked away. This is just one example there are many. When politicians are able to break the law and not be indicted then our system collapses. They were the real organized crime in Westchester and still are today. Good people moved away and people who exposed it were called trouble makers and were kicked out.The funny thing Mr Edelman, you were around then and in bed with these individuals. You should look in the mirror because people like you did this. Your a fake and a fraud.

    1. let me tell you a little story…When Carl Vergari was running for re election in the mid 70’s his office was investigating Tom Carvel….We were out campaigning one evening and got back to his house pretty late…On his doorstep was a brown paper bag ..and inside were 5000 in 100 dollar bills with a note fromTom Carvel himself saying “good luck” Carl looked at me and I looked back at him without saying a word we got back in the car and drove to the Carvel Inn on Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers where Carvel was still in his office…and we simply dropped the package off and said thanks but no thanks….Its easy for people like you to make accusations about people like me without being specific…but as a former prosecutor of white collar criminals I know bs when I see it.and regardless of whether anyone in westchester government ever took a bribe it would have zero to do with me since I was not ever in government but rather prosecuted those who committed crimes…including the leading case on conflict of interest in the state…So before you talk about looking into mirrors maybe you should look in yours…or sign your name to your screeds

  2. Mike I wish Richard Blassberg was still alive to call you out on your self serving nonsense. Westchester turned democratic decades ago as white liberal Manhattanites fled the results of their lunacy as they are doing now.
    Jeanine Pirro knew that in 1996 when she sent an innocent NYPD Transit cop Richard Diguglielmo to prison as the next election was in 1997. So the Republican lemmings pulled the R lever for her as so did the woke white liberals and other “elements” that found it appropriate to send an innocent NYC cop to prison. It was ingenious because she got voters she never would have thereby “winning” the election then against an unmotivated and very retired female NYPD LT/defense attorney democrat and again in 2001 against former Bronx DA Assistant Bureau chief Homicide prosecutor Tony Castro. Pirro was also able to pretend to prosecute “bad cops” as she often inappropriately zeroed in on NYPD cops thereby avoiding the wrath of her local police departments. This was told to me by close friends that were NYPD supervisors in internal affairs as she regularly attempted to illegally subpoena the documentation from administrative internal affairs non criminal investigations. I’ve often wondered what it’s like to be a vacuous self absorbed narcissistic sociopathic pathological liar like Jeanine Pirro or even Janet DiFiore who appealed PO Diguglielmo’s exoneration thereby sending him back to prison as she’s ironically currently the connected NYS chief judge. I still remember your enabling of “Republican” Janet DiFiore as she morphed into a democrat to primary Tony Castro in the 2009 Westchester County DAs race. Everyone in the Westchester County political swamp was terrified of incorruptible Tony because Blassberg had his ear and knew of all their misdeeds and he had no problem broadcasting them in the old Westchester Guardian Newspaper. I know of this because Tony had three retired NYPD detectives who were also Conservative party members working for him and I was one of them. How do people like you live with yourselves as you create a bizarre life narrative based on lies?


  3. I must have been way ahead of my time. I have been a member of no party since the seventies because both parties sucked then and still do.

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