Three Candidates seeking New York State Reform Party nomination debate --- event streamed on ABC’s Facebook page
Reform Party Thinks It's >>> “the first gubernatorial debate of the 2018 election cycle featuring
candidates of different parties” <<<
According to a Reform Party press release,a lively debate covering issues ranging
from the SAFE Act and guns to marijuana reform and public corruptionwas held between these three candidates
for Governor: former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra;business consultant, Larry Sharpe;and former state Housing Commissioner, Joe Holland.The spirited debate was moderated by
WABC political editor Rita Cosby and the New York State Reform Party
Chairman Curtis Sliwa.The entire
debate was streamed live on the WABC Facebook page,where it can now be viewed.
Prior to the actual debate between the candidates,former New York State Governor David
Paterson gave some advice to the candidates,along with an overall history lesson on
the reform movement in the State of New York.
DEBATE LOOKED AND SOUNDED LIKE IT WAS HELD ONLY AMONG “FRINGE”
Just take a look at the following items that the Reform Party release
characterized as “debate highlights”:
-All three candidates indicated the parole board decision
should stand on the Herman Bell case and they would not second guess that
decision (releasing the cop-killer on parole).Larry Sharpe, who is also seeking the
Libertarian nomination particularly noted that “…a cop’s life is worth no more or less
than anyone else’s”;and he also said
that he would pardon all non-violent drug offenders currently in New York State
-All of the candidates indicated that they would support >>>
SANCTUARY CITIES <<< including the possible GOP candidate Joe
-Two of the candidates, Holland and Giambra,said they would consider raising the age
to purchase rifles from 18 to 21 in light of the Parkland FL high school shootings.
-Two of the debaters said they would push to legalize
recreational use of marijuana;whereas Holland opposes any
moves towards legalization.Giambra
said such legalization would be a great source of additional taxation.However, , Larry Sharpe said marijuana
should be taxed >>> “…like
onions or any other vegetable…” <<<.
-All of the debating candidates gave Trump, Cuomo and
DeBlasio bad marks for their
performances in their respective offices.
The last item on the Reform Party release was that the
Reform Party achieved ballot access in 2014 as the "Stop Common Core
Party";and that was before it changed
its name in 2014;and that Curtis
Sliwa was elected party chairman in September, 2016…..