Don’t be silent on truth of Capitol riot
The worst thing about Sen. Andrew Clyde’s (R-Georgia) claim that the attackers of the Capitol on Jan. 6 were ‘like tourists” is that people will believe him.
Those of us who watched in dismay and horror as the seat of our government was overrun by a large, angry mob rolling past a line of police to enter the building after destroying windows may still feel a sense of violation.
Sen. Clyde suggests that if we watch the video of the people strolling in the Rotunda, they look like the average tourist.
That is like saying that if we watch the video of President Kennedy riding in the car before he is killed, what is the problem?
If we watch the video of Lee Harvey Oswald walking with the officers before Jack Ruby shot him, what’s the problem?
If we see the Twin Towers standing there before the planes hit them, what is the problem?
If we see George Floyd in the convenience store before he goes outside to meet the police, what’s the problem?
No, Sen. Clyde, those people were not tourists, and you do harm to say so. Sad thing is that people will believe him, just as they believe that Trump did not lose the election. Those of us clear-minded enough to watch the whole video must not be silent. We cannot let those who would pick and choose our history, to take hold of our present.
Savage earned Dems’ endorsement
I’m responding to the April 28 article (“Working Families Party official at odds with candidate”) in which a member of the Working Family Party unfairly criticized the Democratic Committee for endorsing Brendan Savage for Schenectady County Legislature.
As a member of the Democratic Executive Committee, I can assure all that the endorsement was based upon merit.
Brendan Savage made a compelling case for his candidacy.
His presentation stressed the need for neighborhood revitalization and improvement. The decision was not made because Brendan’s mother, Susan, was chair of the Legislature 10 years ago. The Executive Committee is impressed with Brendan’s experience. His work with Metroplex, the Land Bank and the District Attorney’s Office gives him an outstanding command of the issues facing our city and county.
Savage played a key role in President Biden’s election, working in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. He also campaigned in Georgia to help elect the two new Democratic senators.
Omar McGill has a spotty voting record, having voted in only one election between 2010 and 2017. McGill didn’t even vote in the 2016 presidential election when we were trying to stop Trump.
On June 22, join me in voting for Brendan Savage.
The writer is chairman of the Schenectady City Democratic Committee.
Lee Zeldin doesn’t reflect NY values
I was unsurprised to read that Schenectady County’s Republican Committee and its chair, Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle, endorsed the Hamptons’ Congressman Lee Zeldin for governor of our great state.
Zeldin, much like the Republicans’ it-girl, Elise Stefanik, on Jan. 6 supported the aim of violent insurrectionists by voting to overturn the results of the presidential election, which, Joe Biden won by over 7 million votes.
Just as disgustingly, Zeldin voted against legalizing gay marriage and opposed gun control as a state senator, and just last year signed a legal brief with hundreds of Southern congressmen calling on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The reason why I’m so unsurprised by this endorsement is because of who Koetzle’s two county Republican vice-chairs are.
One is gun-toting extremist Liz Joy, who organized buses to the Jan 6 insurrection and has compared safe, legal abortion to genocide. The other is Niskayuna Supervisor Yasmine Syed, who is a longtime close friend of Stefanik and has exchanged hundreds in campaign contributions with her.
Lee Zeldin and modern Republicans lack New York values. We should reject Zeldin and Joy next fall, and vote against Koetzle and Syed’s local GOP acolytes this November.
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