New York City has become a one-party town. This is proven by the ongoing decline of the Republican Party in Queens County.
If the GOP cannot field its own candidates who are registered Republicans, then what is the motivation for voters of that party to believe that the Queens GOP represents their values?
The current de facto leader of the GOP in Queens, Councilman Eric Ulrich—who is the lone Republican council member from the borough—originally supported Bo Dietl, an independent candidate, in the mayoral race before eventually coming around to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis. Under his new leadership, he has endorsed a Democrat, Robert Holden, for the City Council as the Republican candidate to run against Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
Will it discourage Republicans—who believe in their party’s principles—from running for office in Queens in the future if they believe that New York is a one-party town? If the Queens County Republican Party courts Independents and Democrats to run on the GOP line, then Republican hopefuls in the borough might believe there is no incentive to throw their hats into local races.
During the 2016 election, Donald Trump hijacked the Republican Party and won the presidency. Will the Queens GOP follow this trajectory? We don’t believe it should.