For Immediate Release:
Grisanti Loses Endorsement and Support from TEA New York and TEA Party
February 29, 2012
Two years ago TEA New York and Reform groups from Western New York endorsed and fully supported Mark Grisanti for his Senate run against incumbent Antoine Thompson. Our groups supplied manpower with signatures for petitions, literature drops, phone calls, meetings, emails and fundraising. The TEA Party carried Mark over the finish line to victory against an entrenched incumbent with a better than 5 to 1 advantage.
Mark Grisanti does not deserve our support or endorsement this year and he will not get it. In his first term as senator, his voting record on TEA Party issues has been abysmal.We will actively work against him and find a candidate to primary him if at all possible.This in no way should be taken for support for any particular candidate.
This is not simply a message aimed at Mark Grisanti alone. This should give pause to all Senate Republicans. TEA Parties across the state worked very hard to help Republicans maintain the Majority. Yet over the past two years we have wondered where they have been, and why they have not stood up for the people of New York State?
The Republicans should have demanded unfunded mandate relief with the 2% tax cap. They should have demanded an elimination of baseline budgeting. Automatic budget increases of 7 to 9% every year is a sham played on the taxpayers and is how they are able to claim they cut $10 billion to “save New York”. All they did was cut the rate of growth, but they continue to increase their insatiable appetite for spending.
The Republicans should have demanded the gay marriage vote be put up for referendum instead of passing it, and breaking campaign promises not to vote for it.
One of the largest abuses by State government is backdoor borrowing thru the Thruway and Dormitory Authorities. It is fundamentally illegal, and all borrowing is required by law to be presented to voters for approval. The State imposes impossible Medicaid mandates, and counties would simply like the option to “opt-out” or choose what benefits they will offer. But these and other reforms put forward have never made it out of committe and on to the floor for debate and passage. It is failure in the republican leadership that prevents reform. The people’s ideas are thrown into the trash heap.
This is just a small list of reforms the Republicans should have put forth. Instead we have Republicans that have let down the people of New York State. So we ask, where were the Republicans like Grisanti in the Senate? No where to be found.
We will work hard to replace them with honest, hardworking men and women who will actually stand up for the people of Western New York. Instead of the political class that has sold out to the parties, special interests, lobbyists and their own personal agendas.
-Rus Thompson and TEA New York