That was the message from the five New York City Republican Party chairmen in response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent prediction that his successor would likely be of the Democratic persuasion.
The five chairs – Jay Savino of the Bronx, Craig Eaton of Brooklyn, Dan Issacs of Manhattan, Phil Ragusa of Queens and Robert Scamardella of Staten Island – say they are not only committed to fielding a Republican alternative to the expected Democratic candidates, but that they also intend on winning in 2013.
“Our Mayor is evidently unaware that we are committed to providing New Yorkers with a Republican alternative,” they say. “In fact, we will field a strong winning candidate for Mayor in 2013.”
They evoke the holy name of Rudy Giuliani to bolster their case, arguing it was Rudy’s endorsement that gave Bloomberg a leg up in his race for City Hall in the first place.
Bloomberg made his prediction to the New York Post editorial board last weekend, citing the overwhelming enrollment advantage that Democrats have in the city.
“The advantage of party loyalty is impossible to overstate,” the mayor said.
Here’s the full statement:
“Mayor Bloomberg indicated that the City will have a Democratic Mayor come 2013. Our Mayor is evidently unaware that we are committed to providing New Yorkers with a Republican alternative. In fact, we will field a strong winning candidate for Mayor in 2013.
We believe that New York City’s voters will select a Republican candidate as they have done since 1993. City voters will not want to return New York to the pre-1993 dark days of rampant crime, corruption, incompetence and special interest politics.
New Yorkers recognize the need for fiscal responsibility in the Mayor’s Office. The Republican Party’s leadership and membership throughout the five boroughs is committed to providing New Yorkers with a candidate who will be responsive to the issues affecting the middle class, homeowners, small businesses, those on fixed incomes and the unemployed.
New Yorkers remember Mayor Rudy Giuliani establishing that Republican management works and they appreciate that Republican endorsed Mayor Michael Bloomberg has continued that legacy. City voters want to keep New York going and going strong and that is going to take Republican leadership.”
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