Letter to the Editor: State GOP seeks strong challenger for Gillibrand

The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted by Chairman Cox to the Syracuse Post Standard, published Dec. 9.  View the original version here.

To the Editor:

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s vapid personality and flip-flops on gay marriage, gun control and amnesty for illegals have forced her approval rating as low as 46 percent. 

Gillibrand’s Upstate Works Plan will not help. This new federal spending is an exercise in political pandering to Syracuse voters with no grounding in economics. It is a cheap imitation of Hillary Clinton’s promise of 200,000 new Upstate jobs that never materialized. Syracuse voters have long memories, especially when it comes to jobs. 

In a better economic climate, Gillibrand might be helped by the presence of a Democratic president running for re-election. But Obama has already begun pursuing a highly negative, partisan campaign aimed at riling up his base.

He ignored the recommendations of his own bipartisan deficit reduction commission, proposed a federal budget that was so political it was rejected 97-0 by the Senate, reneged on a deficit compromise last summer and went AWOL on the supercommittee deliberations.

Meaningful compromise is cold water on a high-risk, scorched-earth strategy. 

This strategy is unprecedented in the modern era, but it’s all he’s got. Obama’s strategy will fail, with serious ramifications for down ballot Democrats — even in New York.

The Republican Party is on a roll in New York. Joanie Mahoney ran unopposed and Republicans expanded their majority in the Onondaga County Legislature.

The party is organized and hungry for a statewide win, and a strong Republican challenger to Gillibrand can give us just that.

Ed Cox

Albany