New York Republican Juan Reyes is a state senate candidate in the Republican primaries taking place September 13. His opposition in this race is New York City councilman Eric Ulrich. Ulrich, according to Reyes, is much too comfortable with homosexuals to possible have a legitimate candidacy.
Below is the text accompanying a mailer Reyes has been spreading:
Dr. Jekyll, meet Mr. Ulrich.
When he first ran for city council, Eric Ulrich sent out mailings with photos of the Pope, to convince voters that he was a devout Catholic who would stand with conservatives on social issues.
But as soon as Ulrich was sworn in as Councilman, he was quickly seduced.
Ulrich began hobnobbing with the liberal Manhattan Democrats in the City Council, and quickly decided they were the “cool people” he really wanted to hang out with.
Ulrich and his wife became known as frequent dinner companions of an openly gay Democrat Councilman and his husband. No one cared about that.
Ulrich hired an openly gay chief of staff for his City Council office, as well sa at least one other gay staffer.
Things really changed when he began cozying up to Manhattan liberal Christine Quinn, City Council Speaker.
In his three years as a Councilman, Eric Ulrich has voted in support of her and her leftwing policies 95% of the time.That’s not a typo. 95%.
Naturally, Ulrich became a real hot sensation with the liberal media, especially the New York Times.
On April 12, 2009, Eric Ulrich told New York magazine that “Republicans aren’t all religious fundamentalists from Alabama; some of us are justnormal” …his liberal friends ate it up.
Ulrich continued to pile up a very liberal voting record, voting for higher fees for automobile owners, voting four times to extend rent control, adding sales taxes to online purchases, adding racial quotas to state contracts, and benefits for illegal immigrants.
And Ulrich voted for gay marriage.
Ulrich also voted to give $18 million of your tax dollars to transgender groups, abortion clinics, gay and lesbian centers, needle exchange programs for junkies, and a variety of “civic” gropus, like the Ghetto Film School, Planned Parenthood, and a group that taught people to sing in Spanish.
Then the Albany political bosses came calling. They knew Ulrich was a follower, not a leader. Their kind of guy.
So they gave Ulrich $300,000 to run for Senator, knowing they would own him completely after the election.
But Ulrich didn’t expect to face a real conservative like Juan Reyes in a Republican Primary. And Ulrich’s record of flip-flopping, cozying up to liberals, and voting for their job-killing programs, has finally been expose.
No matter where you stand on gay marriage–Juan Reyes opposes it–don’t you think we should have a real, conservative Republican Senator who doesn’t flip-flop every few months?
It’s a shameful campaign when you’re attacking your opponent for working with his opposites and supporting human rights. The current GOP moves ever to the right and refuses to coöperate with Democrats at all. Republicans like Ulrich are a breath of fresh air. Yet he’s not the only Republican being attacked for supporting marriage equality, as Think Progress reports:
Reyes is the latest New York Republican to swing far to the right on LGBT issues during an election season in which several Republicans who helped to pass marriage equality last year are facing primary challenges from socially conservative candidates. Last week, State Senator Mike Grisanti (R-NY) was hit with a homophobic mailer in his upstate New York district by the Committee to Save the Erie County Republican Party, while Roy McDonald (R-NY) is facing acompetitive race from a local county clerk who already has the backing of the state’s Conservative Party.
The National Organization for Marriage has also dedicated considerable resources to defeating Republicans who voted in favor of marriage equality in New York. In blog posts and email alerts, NOM has spent the last year promising to replace pro same-sex marriage lawmakers with homophobic ones, though given the overwhelming support for same-sex marriage in both the population at large and in Albany, even if NOM’s five endorsed candidates all win their primaries tonight and the general election in November, it’s not likely same-sex marriage is going anywhere in New York.
Even former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, also a Republican, found Reyes’ behavior offensive, as seen in the Wall Street Journal:
The ad prompted former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to endorse Ulrich. The pro-gay rights Giuliani said Wednesday he hadn’t gotten involved before because Reyes worked in his administration, but the flier changed his mind.
“After seeing what his campaign has done, which is disgusting, Juan doesn’t belong in politics. I don’t know where he belongs, but he belongs someplace else,” Giuliani said.
He added: “I find these attacks, the gay-bashing attacks, childish, silly, and a real indication you don’t belong in public service.”
Juan Reyes’ attitude on bi-partisan coöperation is enough to make it ridiculous for him to be voted into office. Add that to his opinion on human rights, and he’s a truly despicable candidate.
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