Republican Candidates Slam Bill That Would Allow Non-Citizens to Vote

Adolfo Carrión Jr. (Photo: carrion2013.com)
Adolfo Carrión Jr. (Photo: carrion2013.com)

City Republicans–and Adolfo Carrion Jr.–slammed proposed city legislation that would allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in local elections, calling the idea offensive, illegal and just plain dumb.

The City Council held a hearing earlier today on a bill that would allow any resident legally living in the city for six months or longer to vote in municipal elections. The bill, which is opposed by the mayor, has wide support on the council, with 34 sponsors–a veto-proof majority.

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Joe Lhota Touts Margaret Thatcher’s Opposition to ‘Government Collectivism’

(Photo: Wikimedia)
(Photo: Wikimedia)

Politicos on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are mourning former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who suffered a stroke and passed away earlier today. Indeed, at least two mayoral candidates have commented on the conservative icon’s passing so far, including GOP mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota.

“Margaret Thatcher was a 20th century visionary who understood the power of individual freedom versus the tyranny of government collectivism,” Mr. Lhota, who has described himself as a libertarian in the past, said in a statement.

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Carrion’s GOP Prospects Dim as Bronx Republican Party Endorses Joe Lhota for Mayor

Joe Lhota (Photo: NY1.com)
Joe Lhota (Photo: NY1.com)

In a serious blow to Adolfo Carrión’s chances of running on the GOP line, the Bronx County Republican Party is backing Joe Lhota for mayor. Mr. Lhota’s campaign announced the endorsement this afternoon with a statement that included a quote from Bronx GOP chair Jay Savino, who met with Mr. Lhota along with the rest of the county party’s executive committee Monday night.

“After an open and honest exchange it was our conclusion that Joe Lhota is the most qualified candidate in this race,” Mr. Savino said. “His proven leadership, in and outside of government, is exactly what New York City needs.” Continue reading “Carrion’s GOP Prospects Dim as Bronx Republican Party Endorses Joe Lhota for Mayor”

Adolfo Carrión Continues Campaign Against the Daily News

20130226 182850 Adolfo Carrión Continues Campaign Against the <em>Daily News</em>Adolfo Carrión is not a fan of the New York Daily News

Mr. Carrión, a candidate for mayor this year, blasted the publication this afternoon for a March 5th story questioning an old campaign committee, continuing what has become an apparent feud between Mr. Carrión and the tabloid. The report called into question the committee’s regular large cash disbursements, an apparent violation of state election law, but the Carrión campaign is claiming it misled readers. Continue reading “Adolfo Carrión Continues Campaign Against the Daily News

Brooklyn GOP Now ‘Leaning Heavily’ Towards Endorsing John Catsimatidis

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Early on in the mayoral race, the head of the Brooklyn Republican Party, Craig Eaton, was solidly in the corner of former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, whom he declared to be a potential “gamechanger” for the party as it seeks to retain its hold on City Hall. Mr. Carrión, however, is a registered independent and would need the support of three of the five county chairs to run in the Republican primary. As Mr. Carrión has only been able to secure the backing of two, Mr. Eaton told Politicker that he’s now “leaning heavily” towards endorsing another candidate, billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis.

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Adolfo Carrion Kicks Off His Very Unconventional Mayoral Campaign

(Adolfo Carrion)
(Adolfo Carrion)

“I know there are some Republicans here in the crowd!”

Adolfo Carrion, the ex-Democrat, grinned at his supporters and waited for the expected cheers.  They trickled in, failing to match the cheering reserved for Mr. Carrion’s many self-effacing quips or lofty promises for a nonpartisan mayoralty. For Mr. Carrion, a former Bronx Borough President trying to run for mayor as a Republican, it was an early indication of the uphill battle to come. Continue reading “Adolfo Carrion Kicks Off His Very Unconventional Mayoral Campaign”

Brooklyn Republicans Split on Mayoral Endorsements

Nicole Malliotakis and John Catsimatidis (Photo: Twitter/@NMalliotakis)
Nicole Malliotakis and John Catsimatidis (Photo: Twitter/@NMalliotakis)

There are many different endorsements growing in Brooklyn.

Indeed, despite its 2.5 million residents, the city’s largest borough only has a handful of Republican elected officials and they all seem to be leaning in opposite directions when it comes to who the next mayor should be. State Senator Marty Golden endorsed Joe Lhota yesterday, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis recently announced her support for John Catsimatidis, and Brooklyn GOP Chair Craig Eaton has been backing Adolfo Carrión for City Hall’s top job.

“I’ve known John for a number of years,” Ms. Malliotakis told Politicker this afternoon. Continue reading “Brooklyn Republicans Split on Mayoral Endorsements”