Bill Hammond of The New York Daily News reports on how State Chair Joe Mondello has run the New York Republican Party into the ditch.
Mondello’s team forfeited majority control of the state Senate for the first time in 43 years. It also gave up another three of New York’s congressional seats, leaving them with just three of 29 in the House delegation. According to Hammond, Mondello has brought the same Midas touch to his 25 years as Nassau County GOP chairman. He says the once-dominant Nassau machine self-destructed on his watch, losing both the county executive’s office and the Legislature after generations of nce. For the first time in modern history, Democrats outnumber Republicans in Mondello’s home county.
Mondello blames the results on Obamamania and refuses to acknowledge any ideological drift in GOP candidates.
Some Republicans – like Suffolk Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, former New York City Councilman Andrew Eristoff, and former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso – are forthrightly calling for a return to core principles of lean, efficient, honest government and lower taxes.
According to Hammond, “… that’s a platform guaranteed to appeal to New Yorkers of all parties, who are tired of laboring under bloat and corruption.”
We couldn’t agree more.