Letters, Week of Sept. 24, 2015

Karl Rove tactics

To The Editor:
I congratulate Terri Cude and Dennis Gault on their election as district leaders in Part B of the 66th Assembly District (news article, posted to downtownexpress.com Sept. 14, “Tribeca district leaders trounced by challengers to the north & south”). They did a good job of meeting voters by knocking on doors and standing outside of supermarkets and I wish them well as they go forward. Jean Grillo and I totally respect the will of the voters.

As district leader, I always felt it was important to conduct our progressive politics in a positive fashion and am certain that Terri and Dennis would have been successful without the negative campaigning from a local Democratic club: Downtown Independent Democrats.

I fully understand the rough and tumble of politics, but mailers that stated that Jean and I were personal recipients of city funds is an outrageous attack on our integrity and honesty.

There is no other word for these statements other than lies, and it needs to be said so our future local elections don’t look like the national campaigning that we all think is so dreadful. The public, which we were honored to serve, can make decisions without this mudslinging`.

Finally, the suggestion that elected officials automatically support incumbents is not accurate, and a review of recent elections proves that. But the most important takeaway is that all future candidates in our very special corner of the world should commit to running positive campaigns and reject the Karl Rove style tactics that the Downtown Independent Democrats used.
John R. Scott

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One Response to Letters, Week of Sept. 24, 2015

  1. 1) No one ever said that Scott and Grillo “were personal recipients of city funds”. Why does Scott concoct such blatant fabrications? Or does he simply do poorly in Reading Comprehension?

    What was said was that of the scores and scores of non-profits in Tribeca, Chin only gave Council money to three: Tribeca Films, Grillo’s CERT, and a senior program in Scott’s building.

    These non-profits are admirable. But with over 100 non-profits in Tribeca, does anyone doubt that the two that got money from Chin were those two close to Chin’s proteges, Scott and Grillo, both of whom endorsed and worked hard to get Chin elected? This is a clear example of pay-to-play politics, and represents all that is wrong in government. The voters were educated to this corruption and responded by dumping the beneficiaries of Chin’s venality.

    2) Scott whines about so-called “negative campaigning”, which, in fact, was educational material meant to inform the voters of Scott and Grillo’s abysmal record.
    However, it is an established fact that Scott and Grillo, for the past two years since they left DID in a huff, have been bad-mouthing D.I.D. to anyone and everyone who would listen to their hatred and venom, uptown and downtown.

    3) Scott’s inane remarks about incumbents – and their failure to sway voters to Scott and Grill0 – shows that the two losing candidates relied too heavily on the endorsement of career politicians, while ignoring the concerns of the actual residents who actually come out and vote.

    Had these two losing candidates not so aligned themselves with the destructive and divisive Margaret Chin, the results might have been different. But they did, and they lost, and now they seek to blame others.

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