Rockland GOP Committeemen Call for New Leadership
Rockland County Republican Committeemen, are calling for new leadership for consistently horse-trading the Republican line with incumbent Democrats despite previous promises to stop this practice.
The group calling themselves the “Rockland Republican Academy” released a list of indictments today that was mailed to GOP committeeman and posted on their website to rally support for their cause.
Why the urgency? On a date TBD this coming September, all Republican leadership seats will be open to challenge. July 9th will be the last day petitions will be accepted by the board of elections to become a new Committeeman. If Republicans miss this chance, it will be 2 years before Rockland Republicans get another chance to become Committeeman and vote for new leadership.
In a letter to fellow Committeeman representatives: Jean Black of Orangetown, Joseph Ciardullo of Clarkstown, Anthony Mele of Ramapo and aspiring Committeeman of Stony Point and spokesman for the group, Lawrence Stone called for a whole new slate of GOP leadership.
The letter states: “We believe that 22 years of ineffective leadership has reduced our party’s relevancy. The erosion of Republican core principles led to the financial calamity we now have in Rockland County. What is the long term impact on the tax payer, when we no longer have an opposition party to challenge Democrats? The role of the opposition party is to protect the taxpayers from uncontested power of the majority over the minority. The party leadership has forgotten that they work for us and not the other way around. As a result, we are forced to take this less than conventional route to restore these principles by replacing the leadership.”
The group is insisting all new candidates for leadership take a pledge, available on their website, that is in line with their core principles. Stating: “If we are to restore the relevancy of the Republican Party in Rockland County, new leadership is a must. Anyone accepting to lead this party moving forward will not win our support without having first signed and embraced this pledge themselves.”
The core indictments they make of the current GOP leadership are as follows:
2012 June 6th – Chairman Reda gives Nomination to Democrat: Without a convention, Chairman Reda Nominates Democrat Ossining Trustee, Janis Castaldi for NY State Senate, 38th District; then instructs Republican Committeemen to carry petitions for her without divulging her affiliations.
2012 March - Reda suppressed Candidates interviews and caused a primary to occur. Republican Convention for the 17th District Congressional district excludes all other candidates. Committeemen were only given one person to vote for!
2011 – Chairman Reda Nominates a Republican candidate at Convention but gives the line to Democrat: Thomas Zugibe for District Attorney.
2009 – Chairman Reda gives the Republican line to Democrat: Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack offering zero opposition. Gromack had every line on the ballot.
2009 – Chairman Reda gives the Republican line to Democrat: Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, and suppressed the Republican Challenger.
2007 - Chairman Reda gives the Republican line to Democrat: LD 14 VJ Pradham
2007 – Chairman Reda gives the Republican line to Democrat: Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack
The letter goes on to say that “…there is no point to a Republican Party that gives the line to Democrats” and urges those interested in becoming a Republican Committeeman or running for leadership to join them by signing up on their website: www.RocklandRepublicans.org