Karl Brabenec should not run unopposed

| 11 Oct 2020 | 05:34

    There’s nothing wrong with being a Republican, but there is something wrong with being a part of the Republican Party.

    That sounds weird, right? But let me explain the difference:

    The Republican Party, as it exists today, is not a party that represents the people. It’s not even a political party. Not anymore.

    The Republican Party today is a white supremacist criminal organization disguised as a political party. It exists to fatten the wallets of a small group of people at the expense of you and me.

    This is not an endorsement of the Democratic Party either. If the Democrats were a baseball team, they would be my beloved New York Mets.

    Democrats mean well, they try hard, but they often find ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    I tell you this because I was saddened to see a Republican Party member, Karl Brabenec, run unopposed in New York’s 98th Assembly District.

    I’m not going to attack Karl. I don’t know the guy. However, since the Republican Party is a white supremacist criminal organization and not a political party, I believe no member of the Republican Party should run unopposed.

    I also believe it’s the obligation of all members of the Republican Party, who want your vote, to publicly do the following:

    - Renounce and condemn white supremacy in all forms.

    - Support and endorse the recommendation of the scientific community currently researching the Coronavirus. This includes encouraging people to stay home whenever possible and wear a mask when they are out in public until this crisis ends.

    - Endorse the peaceful transfer of power should President Trump be defeated by Joe Biden. The country is bigger than one party, and the country is bigger than any one president.

    Should Trump be defeated and refuse to leave office, it is the obligation of each Republican Party member to support and defend the foundations of our country and the peaceful transition of power. Those same foundations that our men and women in the Armed Service fought and died to protect.

    Refusal to do this is unacceptable. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with courage, decency and integrity.

    The kind of traits all elected officials should have. Thus far, Karl Brabenec has failed to do these three things.

    So I’m asking you to do something different with your ballot: Write me in. Go to the bottom of the ballot line where Karl Brabenec is listed, and write in B.J. Mendelson.

    I won’t win. I absolutely will run against Karl in the next cycle, but victory is not the point.

    The point is that you should have a choice in every election. And you should expect and demand your political representatives to serve you. Not a racist criminal organization.

    B.J. Mendelson