Ackerman vs. Halloran….maybe
The great thing about irony is that it’s so damn ironic. Congressman Gary Ackerman of district 5 in his 14 term who has never had a true threat to his seat is now in a very precarious anti-incumbent era. When you look out over the candidate landscape there seems to be a void where a solid conservative would do quite well at this present time. Then suddenly as if the political Gods have spoken a movement is born. Hundreds of district 19 residents have formed a ” Draft Dan Halloran for Congress” movement. Anthony Carollo former N.Y.C. Police Officer and current President of the Whitestone Republican Club has spearheaded the movement and is rapidly picking up steam.
As if on queue the Tea Party people have picked up the scent of a candidate who values fiscal responsibility, smaller government, tax cuts across the board and a robust National Security. This changes everything. The Tea Party factor can make a race out of anything as long as the one they’re supporting is true to their core beliefs.
During Dan’s Councilman’s race against Kevin Kim they couldn’t attack the man on policy so they went after him personally. It came in the form of the religion that Dan worships : Theodism. I don’t know enough to talk in detail about it but if you don’t hurt anyone and it makes you and your followers feel good then live and let live freedom of religion happens to be a right in this country. The biggest pusher of this smear was the Ackerman owned Queens Tribune. And so completes the circle.
When I questioned Dan on the possibility of him running so soon after winning the council seat he was quite apprehensive. He didn’t want to come off as opportunistic to his extremely loyal residents who put countless hours in on getting him elected. I explained to him that as noble as that sounds it’s those same people who are pushing you to take on this race. He again spoke of voter fatigue and financial shortfall and I told him the story of a man that was 30 pts. behind in the polls and not a dollar to his name and trying to get the seat of a man who was the ” Lion of the Senate” That man was Scott Brown and that lion was Ted Kennedy. The Tea Party Factor is unlike any movement we have seen in our lifetimes and if you are picked to serve, serve you must not because you are being forced it’s because we need you.