You Can’t Vote for Mahoney

Posted Friday, October 30th 2015 @ 9am by Bob Lonsberry
Joanie Mahoney is a good person.
She’s just not a good Republican person.
So you can’t vote for her.
Not if you are a Republican.
Or a gun owner or a business owner or a land owner.
If you are any of those things, you cannot in good conscience vote for her, not if your beliefs are important to you.
Because your beliefs aren’t important to her.
And on Election Day, that should matter.
If you are a Republican, you can’t vote for Joanie Mahoney this Election Day because she didn’t vote for you last Election Day. Last Election Day, though she is nominally a Republican, she publicly and significantly supported Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
She did so even though the Republican Party ran its best candidate in a generation, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. She did so even though the stakes in the election were incredibly high for her home region of upstate New York.
She backed the pro-New York City, anti-fracking, pro-Common Core candidate over the candidate of the party that had put her in office. When real Republicans worked feverishly to advance Astorino, Republican Joanie Mahoney spit in his face.
And in the face of all Republicans.
Which means that for Republicans to whom the party’s values and success really mean something, you cannot in good conscience cast a ballot on Tuesday in favor of a politician who betrayed you.
Not if your principles mean anything to you.
If you are a gun owner or a supporter of the Second Amendment, you can’t vote for Joanie Mahoney this Election Day. In a radio appearance Tuesday, asked about the gun-banning Safe Act, she obfuscated, but ended up being supportive of it.
She cited as a good thing the number of Onondaga County residents who had lost their guns under the Safe Act.
She parroted almost exactly the Cuomo/Obama mantra about “common sense gun laws” and said people should not be able to own what New York calls assault rifles. She also said government could and should restrict gun ownership, something that doesn’t seem to jibe with the wording of the Constitution.
And it doesn’t seem to jibe with the best interests of gun owners and the Second Amendment community.
You should remember that on Tuesday, and deny her your vote. She doesn’t stand with you, and you shouldn’t stand with her.
Not if your principles mean anything to you.
If you are a business owner who has to make payroll, you can’t vote for Joanie Mahoney this Election Day. In that same conversation Tuesday, asked about the $15-an-hour minimum wage, she seemed open to it, more concerned about the details of its implementation than the advisability of its creation.
And that is insane.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will be poison to prosperity. It will dramatically raise labor costs, jeopardize employment, destroy the price competitiveness of New York products and services, and push some small businesses into bankruptcy. It just makes no sense whatsoever.
And it is directly damaging to the business community.
It shows Joanie Mahoney, at some level, either doesn’t know or care about business.
So business shouldn’t care about her, either.
Business owners can’t vote for Joanie Mahoney this Election Day.
Not if your principles mean anything to you.
The same goes for land owners.
One legacy of Joanie Mahoney’s administration thus far is her anti-sprawl “smart growth” efforts, ripped from the progressives’ playbook. Arguing that the population of Onondaga County isn’t growing, she says that it’s housing stock shouldn’t either.
To keep that from happening, she essentially imposed a ban on the extension of municipal sewers in the county. No sewers, no growth.
And no potential for land owners to develop their property.
That means that the potential value of their property is diminished for countless Onondaga County land owners. Their right to develop their land, or to profit from its sale for development, was taken from them by the fiat of Joanie Mahoney.
That is a horrific betrayal.
And on Election Day, that should matter. On Election Day, land owners should not reward a politician who has punished them.
Joanie Mahoney is a good person.
But she is a bad representative.
For the Republicans, conservatives, homeowners and business people who have been her default base, she is a bad representative. She has opposed and impeded their interests. It is clear she does not share their values.
And that means something on Election Day.
Or at least it should.
Because the ballot box is the only control and the only expression the people have. It is where you signal your mood and speak your mind.
If you are a progressive, a Democrat, a big-government person or a gun banner, she’s your candidate. But if you’re not, she’s not.
And you shouldn’t vote for her.
Whether that means you sit out the election or vote for her opponent, that’s up to you.
But if you’re a conservative who votes your conscience, you can’t vote for Joanie Mahoney.
She is Andrew Cuomo’s candidate, she’s not yours.