Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Sometimes Party Loyalty Asks Too Much" - Lifelong Establishment Democrat Urges Voters To Support Trump

I have been steeped in the Democratic Party all my life. My father, Jerry, was a New York City Democratic chairman and power broker, and I grew up in and around the Democratic Party. When I was a young man, former senators and Democratic presidential and vice-presidential nominees Herbert Humphrey and Estes Kefauver stayed at my apartment and we would proudly discuss the great traditions of the Democratic Party.

My father was a pallbearer at St. Patrick’s for Bobby Kennedy’s funeral. When I was young, Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy were (and remain) my political heroes. Four years ago, former New York Gov. and liberal lion Mario Cuomo spoke at my father’s funeral. I think his son, current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is a very effective leader.

I was elected five times to the New York state Assembly as a Democrat. In 1977, I beat David Dinkins and Robert Wagner Jr. in the election for borough president of Manhattan, and then was elected twice as City Council president.

With this background it is very hard for me not to support the Democratic nominee for president this year. But I believe my party has become the party of the elites and moneyed class and has deserted its historic mission as the party of the working class and disadvantaged.

Given my level of discomfort with the current leftist orientation of the Democratic Party, I am now supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump for president. I urge my fellow Democrats to vote for Mr. Trump.

I have known him since the early 1970s and have seen his deep concern for people, and how effective he has been while working on behalf of the average citizen.



Anonymous said...

I'm a Democrat, and have been since, well, forever. My vote will go to Trump, too. There needs to be a deep, thorough cleaning of our government to clear out the layer upon layer of grime that's accumulated, and to chase the do-nothing dust bunnies out of the corners where they've been lurking for decades. Hillary will add more layers to the grime, and feed those do-nothings, one of which is her,

Anonymous said...

Another personal acquaintance of Trump telling us of his concern for people. Like Guiliani did on stage at the Republican Convention. He said Trump called him to ask how he could help after the 9/11 terrorist attack and sent money for firefighters and first responders but wanted to do so anonymously. The former NYC mayor said he had to break his promise to Trump so that people saw him for the good person he really is. For another Democrat to come out in support of Trump is yuuuge! Just proves how desperate Americans are for real change inside the DC beltway.