The Queens County GOP speaks!
Feb 21, 2017 | 4030 views | 0 0 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For years – no, decades! - the infighting among the Queens County Republican Party has been a horribly kept secret.

Outside of perhaps Staten Island, Queens is the borough where the Republican Party could have its greatest successes. Voters have shown over and over again that they are willing to enter the voting booth and pull the lever for the GOP candidate at all levels of government.

Heck, there was a time not too long ago that Queens sent three Republicans to the overwhelmingly Democratic City Council.

Two of them are still there, councilmen Eric Ulrich and Peter Koo, but he jumped to the other side of the aisle and switched his party affiliation to Democrat.

The third, Dan Halloran, is in jail for his role in a bizarre scheme to get a Queens Democrat on the Republican line for a recent mayoral race, which in and of itself kind of points to the relevance the party has in Queens politics.

His vacant seat went back to the Democratic Party.

This is just a long way of saying that if the Queens County GOP could get unified, they might actually be a viable political force in what is historically a one-party town.

That was supposed to happen after former chairman Phil Ragusa passed away, and a compromise was reached to hand over leadership of the party to former congressman Bob Turner after a brief power struggle.

It worked for a while, but in short time there was grumbling that Turner was freezing out some longtime members when it came to leadership positions in the party.

And there were rumors that even Ulrich, a rising star in the party who openly advocated for Turner to become chairman, had fallen out of favor for failing to support John Catsimatidis for mayor and being openly critical of Trump.

But last week we received a press release with comments and observations on Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent State of the City address from three members of the party, including Turner and Ulrich, who is known to be considering a challenge to de Blasio this year, although he has made no formal announcement.

Here's some of what they had to say:

• "As expected, Mayor de Blasio gave himself a glowing review in his State of the City address on Monday. However, he conveniently forgot to mention the homeless epidemic, and the administration's failure to protect vulnerable children in ACS custody. " - Ulrich

• “Mayor de Blasio's plans outlined in his State of the City address disproportionately affects middle and low income New Yorkers and the war on equality still exists in New York City because of his failed leadership.” - Turner

• "Fees in New York City and State are out of control, and it is nearly impossible for a business to stay afloat." - Joe Concannon, Former Candidate for City Council

Could this signal a new era of cooperation and political organization for the Queens County GOP, or just a mandatory response to a Democratic mayor and political foe's assessment of the city?

Considering we can't remember the last time the party sent out a statement voluntarily, we think it might just be the former.
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