Maybe, it's just a political letter coming by snail mail --- but it will influence some independent voters to vote for Gounardes --- Who knows, maybe it's the straw that breaks Marty's back.....
The recent "local" coverage of the Reform Party had an unfortunate headline that made it seem like "old news" --- but a Brooklyn Reporter article last week revealed what's behind the Reform Party's last minute push for Gounardes and against Golden
Yes, the Reform Party is targeting independents in the final hours of the Golden-Gounardes campaign; and it is doing it for Andy Gounardes.
Their latest letter starts like this:
Sixteen years. That’s how long Marty Golden has been in office. In each of his past elections, we have supported him, but NOT in this one. Simply, his time is up and we are asking you to join us in supporting Andrew Gounardes for state senate on Tuesday. The Reform Party, which we lead, has endorsed Mr. Gounardes because we are tired of the same old politics as usual and the outsized role of special interests and big money in politics. We trust Andrew to have our best interests at heart, because the first bill he has promised to introduce when he’s elected is campaign finance reform to get money out of politics and prevent politicians from using their positions to line their pockets. Unlike Marty Golden, Andrew’s campaign is largely funded by donations from individuals like you and us. When we send him to Albany, we’ll know he will have our backs. Our party also stresses term limits for all elected officials and this election is a natural means to achieve this goal with Marty Golden. Through his own actions, Marty Golden has made himself the poster child for term limits...."
And it ends like this:
".... This election, we can go with the same Senator who hasn’t done more than deliver the bare minimum for our community, or we can vote for Andrew Gounardes and put our future on the right track. This Tuesday, please vote for Andrew Gounardes on the Reform Party line to send a message that you are tired of the same old politics as usual!
/S/ Curtis Sliwa... NYS Reform Party Chairman
/S/ Bob Capano... Brooklyn Reform Party Chairman"
RECENT ARTICLE HAS A OLD LOOK --- BUT IT TELLS IT ALL IN AN UP-TO-DATE-REPORT --- THE QUOTES BY SLIWA AND CAPANO ARE FRESH & FEISTYHere's the meat ant potatoes as doled-out by by Paula Katinas:
"Sliwa, who is the party’s state chairperson, and Bob Capano, who heads the Kings County Reform Party, are snubbing Republican state Sen. Martin Golden and are supporting his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gounardes, in the Nov. 6 election.... Golden is running for re-election in the 22nd Senate District, a seat that takes in parts of several neighborhoods across Southwest Brooklyn, including Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach. Golden was first elected to the state Senate in 2002.... (See "Reform Party Snubs Golden, Endorses Gounardes" by Paula Katinas, 10/31/18, Brooklyn Reporter/ Politics & Government [https://brooklynreporter.com/2018/10/reform-party-snubs-golden-endorses-gounardes/]).
In this article, Paula gives her principal interviewees a chance to have their own say, as follows: