Some day I might be able to support Republican nominee Joe Lhota for Mayor of the City of New York. HOWEVER, as a simple, virtuous and self-reliant Brooklyn Republican, the way things are going I doubt that it will be any time in 2013
According to various news outlets the new Republican nominee Joe Lhota said at his victory party in Manhattan late Tuesday that "It is time to unify our party, strengthen it and prepare it for victory in November...." (See “Lhota Wins Republican Primary for Mayor” by Erica Orden, 9/11/13, Wall Street Journal [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324094704579067420739092730.html?mod=WSJ_NY_MIDDLETopStories]); see also “Joe Lhota Vows to ‘Unify Our Party’ After Bruising Primary” by Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke, 9/11/13, NY Observer/Politicker [http://politicker.com/2013/09/joe-lhota-vows-to-unify-our-party-after-bruising-primary/]).
Some might think that’s mighty odd talk from somebody who has not yet made any attempt to unify the Brooklyn Republican Party behind its current leadership team. In fact it’s quite the contrary, Joe Lhota has been participating with a group that has been committed to ripping apart the Brooklyn GOP in advance of the November mayoral election. Also it’s very odd talk from somebody who is far from a consensus GOP candidate based on Tuesday’s primary result. For the record, Mr. Lhota was rejected by a majority of Brooklyn’s 2013 Republican Primary voters, and he came in second to John Catsimatidis in Staten Island.
Let’s stick to Brooklyn, though. Several months ago, Mr. Lhota was speaking to a small group of Republican activists in Brooklyn. I am informed that one of the things he made a commitment to at that time was that he intended to follow through on a complete overhaul of the Republican Party regardless of how the mayoral race came out. Since that time, Mr. Lhota has pursued that goal in Brooklyn by way of close alliances with State Senator Martin Golden and an insurgent faction inside the Brooklyn GOP called “Republicans for Change.”
Maybe, Tuesday’s primary result has awakened Mr. Lhota to the realization that he might not have been put on a path to victory by his pre-primary chosen allies in Brooklyn, but rather that he has been led down the garden path. If Joe Lhota doesn’t see all of that clearly now, then he probably also doesn’t realize is that he is standing in the middle of a five ring circus of simple Republican virtue and self-reliance that is the part of the Brooklyn GOP, which wants nothing to do with State Senator Marty Golden or his co-conspirators, the inaptly named “Republicans for Change.” Furthermore, although I don’t speak for any particular group of Brooklyn Republicans, I think it’s fair to say that some, if not all, of those simple, virtuous and self-reliant Brooklyn Republicans will not want any part of any Lhota campaign for mayor, unless and until he shows some timely and proper amends for his ill-chosen alliances with Golden and the “Republicans for Change.”
I know of at least one group of Republicans and social conservatives that’s ready to go with a real social conservative, Erick Salgado, if he pushes forward on a third party line. That might be worth looking into.