Friday, May 30, 2008

By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


An article in the New York Sun caught my attention about Vice President Cheney coming into town on May 29th with a mission to “pray over” in the political sense the “ailing” New York State Republican Party on its annual dinner reception on behalf of its struggling elected officials considered as “endangered species.” The invitation I received from the organizers showed former Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the guest speaker, not Cheney. What gives?

On the following day, May 30th, Sen. McCain’s campaign stalwarts also flew into town perhaps to look at the extent of the State Party’s political malignancy. In the same newspaper article about Cheney’s urgent trip to New York, a former candidate for the U.S. Senate from New York, Kathleen McFarland, firmly prescribed a solution to the problem: complete overhaul of the New York State Republican Machine. Conclusion: a political revolution within the party to usher a new breed of effective and energetic Republican leaders.

Here is a good example of the stark naïveté or rather mediocrity of the current head of the New York GOP, Joseph Mondello. According to a candidate who confessed to be a lifelong Independent without any political background whatsoever, Mondello endorsed her to run for Congress. Since I, a Republican for 25 years, have already declared my candidacy and filed appropriate papers with Federal Election Commission for the 5th Congressional District of New York, the GOP chair’s move is not uniting but dividing the Queens and Nassau Republican Parties by forcing a primary election for the second time since 2004. What gives? Old silly grudges?

Among mature men and women, reason should prevail in their minds instead of childish emotionalism. As the Bible says, when you were a child, you talked like a child and thought like a child; but when you are no longer a child, you must put away childish things.



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