Saturday, June 02, 2018

Have You Had Enough Of Republicans In Blue Districts With Ds Next To Their Names?


Let's start by listening to the worst Democrat left in the New York state Senate, Simcha Felder. In fact let's start by listening to the 23 second clip from Felder's May 2 presentation at the the Bay Democrats club. It's sort of a confession. "For those of you who are loyal Democrats," he told the roomful of loyal Democrats, "that believe that the only person that can represent you is somebody that's a loyal Democrat-- I'm not that guy ." He sure isn't. Blake Morris is... which is part of the reason he has been endorsed by Blue America. That and the fact that he's a Berniecrat-- in other words a Democrat from the Democratic wing The Democratic Party-- the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt wing of the party. "Sen. Felder ," he told me the other day, "seems to be under the impression that because he has not had an opponent since he was first elected in 2012, that he must be doing a good job for the people in this district. That misperception has come to an end with my candidacy. On Thursday, September 13, we are going to show everyone what this district’s voters are thinking. The Republican majority in the state Senate is made possible by one man to the detriment of the entire state. We in the 17th are responsible for him and we will vote him out."

Cuomo was able to persuade 8 other dissident Democrats who were aligned with Republicans-- members of the Independent Democratic Caucus-- to reunited with mainline Democrats-- everyone but Felder. So even though Democrats outnumber Republicans 32 to 31 in the state Senate, Felder caucuses with the Republicans and throws the power in the Senate to them.

Blake’s family has 19th century beginnings in Brooklyn, ranging from one grandfather’s coal delivery business to his maternal grandmother who would drag race teenagers on Eastern Parkway for extra income during the Depression era. Blake is proud to say that well over a century later, his family still calls Brooklyn home. Blake Morris has lived in Ditmas Park for nearly 20 years. He is married with a teen daughter who attends Brooklyn Tech. He has been a practicing attorney for almost 30 years. He told me that because "the borough has nurtured his family for so long," he feels "a connection with the past and a responsibility to ensure the vitality and prosperity of Brooklyn for future generations who will call this borough home." For Blake, this campaign is about respect for place and people. For far too long, most of District 17’s constituents have been completely disrespected by State Sen. Simcha Felder.

Blake is running for State Senate because district 17 needs an elected representative who actually represents all the people in the district, not just himself. "When we vote for a Democrat to represent us," said Blake, "we want a real Ddemocrat, not a Republican with a D next to his name. He said he's thrown his hat into the ring because he "knows that everything from much-needed funding for educating our children to the MTA, safe streets, affordable housing, and healthcare policies have very real affects on peoples’ lives. I believe that when our priorities are ignored in Albany, as they have been for the past six years, our public schools are shortchanged, rapid transit becomes unreliable, housing becomes unaffordable, healthcare costs becomes a substantial burden, and traffic-snarled streets become unsafe for everyone."

Blake is running because he wants to bring better leadership to the people of a district 17 that includes parts of Sheepshead Bay in the south, along with Madison, Midwood, Mapleton, Ditmas Park, Kensington and Borough Park. "It’s time to take this Senate seat back from a turncoat Democrat who makes his own rules and prides himself on being a self-described party of one. We’re not going to be Democratic road kill any longer. The days of ignoring the voices of this community are in the past. Too much is at stake. We need to clean up the corruption in Albany and it starts with the Senate."

I should add here that I went to PS 197 and James Madison High School int the heart of the district, as did Bernie Sanders, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chuck Schumer. Feldman is a shanda (שאַנדע).

Goal ThermometerBlake believes there are larger issues of corruption in Albany and Sen. Felder is a symptom, but real questions about the use of public resources that he intends to tackle as a senator and which he’s already begun to investigate as a private citizen, He’s been raising questions about the Senate’s constituent mail budget allocations that range from $500 to $95,000. Senator Felder weighs in with the second highest amount.

This is why Blake requested information regarding the use of public funds for constituent mailers. You know, Felder Focus, Birthday Cards and parking calendars, all the important things you want your state senator to provide to you on the public’s dime.In April, Blake was successful in getting a court to issue an order to deliver the previously secret constituent mail budget allocations; at the end of May, the state filed an appeal of this decision.

Blake is excited to work to improve the lives of New York families so we can all have affordable housing, healthcare and hope. The kind of hope that provides for individual dignity and respect. "We have a diverse and multicultural state Senate district," he reminded me. "and I will represent all of us in Albany." If you'd like to help bolster Blake's grassroots campaign, please consider contributing to him at the Blue America 2018 legislative page by clicking on ActBlue thermometer on the right.

Blake Morris, real Democrat, Brooklyn

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At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in a nutshell is the largest problem facing the "democratic" Party as they attempt to maintain control over the money machine:

"No one is very interested in any lessons the Democrats have to tell us about a civilized and moral society because they offer us neither. They promote the same neoliberal fracturing of communities, jobs, the earth and schools that the Republicans do."

-Nick Pemberton in Ivanka's Full Frontal

This is exactly why the "democrats" insist on only offering DINOs and "ex"-Republicans to the voters, and then claim that they are better than the GOP so we will vote for them.

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A commenter on another blog points out the standard by which progressives can measure whether or not the primary season was successful:

"I think that this November it will be obvious by the election results that attempts to install large numbers of progressive officeholders against the wishes of the party elites will have been put down, with extreme prejudice. You can see it happening in the way the establishment party leaders are doing everything they can to force progressive candidates from races all over the country. It's very blatant. They are doing nothing to hide their goal, so as to discourage the left from even trying to change things."
- genedebs

If this prediction comes true, then progressives should rethink their strategy. If not, they should redouble their efforts for 2020.

At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good comments above.

I got tired of republicans running as democraps in 1984. In '92 we were given a choice between 3 (!!) republicans, so naturally one of them won. Based on deeds, we've had an unbroken run of republican admins and congresses since 1980.

Molly Ivins and Michael Moore would agree.

Where ya been DWT????

At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

isn't it time to give both parties more honest monikers?

The Rs are Nazis. The Ds are fascists.

Yeah, I get it. If we gave them honest names, people might realize just how big a cluster fuck this has become.
By calling them puppies and kittens, we can retain our delusions about what they have not been for 40 years.
White people sure are stupid.


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