NYC GOP sure to go the way of the dinosaurs
by Larry Penner
Nov 09, 2010 | 2690 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There are good reasons why Queens last remaining Republican state senator Frank Padavan lost. Appearing to run under the "Nobody Cares Like Frank" party, Padavan was on the Titanic. He was only looking out for himself, while all the Queens Republicans drowned in yet another Democratic tidal wave.

In many cases, the GOP failed to provide voters with alternatives to Democrats, giving them free passes for another two-year term. There were no GOP candidates on the ballot for two out of seven state senate races, and there were no GOP candidates on the ballot for 11 out of 18 assembly races.

With the exceptions of Como running against Joseph Addabbo, Jr, and Vince Tabone running in the 26th Assembly District, most GOP candidates with ballot status raised insufficient funding for their respective races.

Despite overwhelming Democratic Party enrollment in Queens, creative gerrymandering by the GOP controlled State Senate in 1980, 1990, and again in 2000 preserved the seats of both Republican Senators Serf Maltese and Padavan.

Crossover Democrats who voted for Republican candidates continue to move out of town or succumb to old age. There has been no successful GOP outreach to new Caribbean, Hispanic, Asian and other immigrant groups. Attempts to reach middle-class African-American homeowners in former GOP neighborhoods have failed.

In most Queens neighborhoods, decades have passed since local GOP candidates campaigned door to door, sent out mailings, or ran commercial advertising. When was the last time someone wore a campaign button for a Republican candidate, had a bumper sticker on their car, or a lawn sign? In Queens, winning the September Democratic Party primary is a sure bet for November.

New York State is fast becoming an overwhelming Democratic bastion. Sooner or later, the last Republican stronghold - control of the State Senate - will fall forever. It may occur after the next reapportionment effective in the 2012 general elections based upon the 2010 census. This will drive the final nail into the Republican Party coffin.

Queens Republicans are on the way to political extinction like the dinosaurs of old. How disappointing that voters will have to look elsewhere for any alternatives to the Democratic Party monopoly.

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