New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Rochester Supervisor Carl Chipman.
Recycling of waste products is a good idea but recycling of former elected officials to run as candidates is a bad idea. Those former officials do carry political baggage from their past experiences. Many times that baggage is of a negative nature and that is why that person might be a “former” elected official in the first place.
The Republican Party does nothing to foster and nurture quality candidates for elected offices. Old Re-Runs especially with deep pockets seems to be what the party runs mostly for county and state offices out of institutionalized laziness. Our candidates do not get the support they need. This starts at the local level and works its way up to county and local representation at the state level. Most of the time candidates are on their own when it comes to their campaigns. Many times it is only those who have the financial means are able to run at the county wide and state assembly and senate levels. The Democrats on the other hand work much harder to support their candidates. Fundraisers are held from the bottom on up and contributors are vested in ownership of campaigns no matter how small the contribution. This creates broad support for their candidates and success at the polls. Whereas we depend much more on larger contributions by a few and this translates to failure at the polls.
Quality candidates are reluctant to run for office because of the current lack of support they might receive for their efforts. Writing of this reflects my own situation and experience. I am a life-long Republican fiscally conservative elected official who could very easily be labeled a Libertarian on social issues with a sound record of leadership. I’ve lowered taxes in my town during the 6 years I’ve been in office and I believe in minimal government involvement in our lives. I’d love to bring about necessary change and run for higher office but I do not want to be a sacrificial lamb running into slaughter.
The formula for success is not that complicated. There is a lot of dead wood out there that do nothing to support the ideals first espoused by Thomas Jefferson. All too often 2% of our people do 98% of the work while the “do-nothings” share in whatever good comes from those who labor (Sounds a lot like communism doesn’t it?). It’s time to clean out the dead wood from the local level up to the county by recruiting hard working people dedicated to furthering our ideals concerning good government. Now is the time to begin canvassing for candidates to run for committee. Run these new faces against the dead wood. Most of the do nothings won’t be difficult to knock off as they will be too lazy to work for reelection to the committee.
We should be able to reinvigorate our party with our newly formed committees. We need to broaden our base. Doors should be knocked on and phones rung by our committee members inviting members of the community to regularly scheduled events and fundraisers, as well as for recruiting new party members. This should occur year-round and not just at election time. We should always encourage involvement by our membership by creating ad hoc committees for special projects and programs. Much of these activities should be training grounds for our future candidates for elected office and we should encourage our best and brightest workers to run for office starting at the local level.
Support for our elected officials should begin at the local level and continue on up to higher office. The important thing to remember is that our emphasis should be from the bottom up instead of support being from the top down as I see things being done currently. Successful locally elected officials should be encouraged to run for higher office if they choose to do so and properly supported when they do. By building from the bottom up, with candidates who successfully demonstrate our values, will we ever achieve the goal of good government.
Supervisor – Town of Rochester