Apples and oranges. In the 2009 NY-23 special election there was no GOP primary—Dede Scozzafava was hand-picked (Michael Long style) by RINO party hacks from the counties in the district—or primaries for any party. Long wasn’t showing disrespect to voters by handpicking a conservative such as Hoffman for the CP nomination, since the special-election rules forbade primaries.
In addition, Scozzafava was the candidate for which the name “DIABLO” (Democrat In All But Label Outright) was created by Mark Steyn. Bob Turner is a conservative, as proven by the fact that the worst thing you can say about him is that he doesn’t oppose raising the debt ceiling.
What Long is doing for the Senate race is nothing like what he did during the NY-23 2009 special election, but it is exactly what he did in the NY-23 2010 regular election. There was going to be a GOP primary between two conservatives—Doug Hoffman and Matt Doheny—but Mike Long decided to give the CP nomination to Hoffman prior to the GOP primary to try to blackmail NY-23 Republican primary voters to vote for Hoffman over Doheny or else risk having the conservative vote split in the general. Well, GOP voters told Long to stick it and nominated Doheny, and Long’s CP once again was nothing but a spoiler party helping Democrats beat conservative Republicans. Hoffman eventually discontinued his campaign, but stayed on the ballot, and his 6.1% of the vote cost the GOP the election, with liberal Democrat Bill Owens beating Doheny by 47.5%-46.4%. Nice job there, Long.
The CP should either hold primaries, or Long should wait until the other parties hold primaries before hand-picking the CP nominee. If Long keeps this crap up, the CP will go the way of the Liberal Party, losing its accreditation because they nominated a loser who can’t get 5% statewide after losing the GOP primary.
Whoa, this is about Wendy Long, Bob Turner and Maragos, NOT Mike Long.
IF Bob Turner (or Maragos) received 91% of the NY Conservative Party vote as Wendy Long did, would you be against them, too?
IF Bob Turner was the one to win 91% of the NY Conservative Party vote, would you not support him because of that?
I already said I like Bob Turner, but Wendy Long is even more conservative, because she’d try to get rid of the Education Dept. rather than raise the debt ceiling (but I don’t know Bob Turner’s position on dissolving the Education Dept.).
Also, even if Bob Turner and Wendy Long were equally qualified, then I look at who can win against Kirsten Gillibrand, and that would be Wendy Long. We had an older man, Joe DioGuardi run against Gillibrand last time, and he did badly. Time for new tactics, a young woman, and a BRILLIANT, CONSERVATIVE woman, and a constituional scholar - that would be WENDY LONG!