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Democratic judicial candidate warns of transition to Nazi Germany

North County attorney John Silvestri did not sound like a traditional Democratic candidate in a radio interview earlier this week.

Silvestri, who is running for a seat on the state Supreme Court in the fourth judicial district, said that people are "naive" if they don't think "Nazi Germany cannot happen here."

He made these remarks in a radio interview where he talked about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's SAFE Act.

"The government classifies my rifle collection as an arsenal, and evidently there is something wrong with you if you have more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition," Silvestri said. "I think the Second Amendment was because we have a right to defend our homes from tyrannical government."

He went on to say, "And I have some of the folks, because obviously I am a Democrat, so I get to rub shoulders with a lot of liberals -- they say what are you going to do with your gun against the government tanks and drones, and I say then well you don’t know your history very well because I say when the Nazis rounded up six million Jews those six million Jews didn’t have guns.”

Silvestri also questioned the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wage, arguing the court had no right to decide when life begins. "No judge [has] the right to say that we could kill unborn human beings because it is not a life," he said in remarks not in keeping with mainstream Democratic politics.

According to state Board of Elections information, also running is incumbent Republican Thomas Nolan,
Democrat Mark Powers and Republican Stan Pritzker.

The 4th Judicial District encompasses Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties.
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