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Letter: Where Is The Republican Leadership?

There has been an overwhelming response to my recent criticisms of the Republican Party (a party that I have supported since age 18).  Whereas some nestled in the local establishment question my principles, I ask that more Republicans question the principles of their party’s establishment. Glen Cove, for example, has an estimated population of 27,100 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Despite our size, Paul Meli, chairman of the Glen Cove Republican Party, could not find seven registered Republicans to run for mayor and city council this year.  Mayoral candidate Reginald “Reggie” Spinello is a registered member of the Independence Party.  City council candidate Linda Darby is a registered Democrat. How do their core beliefs support Republican principles? 


If Mr. Meli desires to make the party an amalgamation of opposing political beliefs, then he should not limit the field to Independents and Democrats.  Members of the Working Families Party, the Green Party, and the Socialist Party of New York could all run on the new “Glen Cove Amalgamated Party” ticket.   


Mr. Meli could also call it the “One and Three-Quarters Party” if he wants to separately endorse Democrats.  In our two-party system, Democrats and Republicans in name only would occupy one and three-quarters of the whole with a quarter reserved for veritable Republicans. 


The Republican Party should be the party of limited government, transparency, capitalism, and individual liberty. If the leadership cannot find seven registered Republicans in our city who support these ideals, then it is time to change the leadership.   


If you want the Amalgamated Party or the One and Three-Quarters Party, then you must vote for the entire Glen Cove Republican slate in November.  Those who want a principled Glen Cove Republican Party should cherry-pick their candidates who clearly support core values.   

Robert Germino