27 Mar
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Attacking Each Other

Last week, Rick Santorum said that if Mitt Romney were to be the GOP nominee this fall, the nation “might as well” stick with Obama, implying that, at least in Santorum’s opinion, there is no difference between Romney and Obama.

Wow!  A GOP candidate for President says that we should vote for the Democrat incumbent over the GOP candidate if Romney is the nominee.

Now, I am no shrinking violet.  I am a veteran of a few campaigns as well as a native New Yorker.  I know that politics is a dirty game and things are said in the heat of the moment when candidacies are at stake.  Heck, I can even recall Ronald Reagan, who had a famous 11th commandment about not speaking ill of fellow Republicans, saying a few choice words about his opponents like Jerry Ford and George H.W. Bush.

However, in all my years following GOP politics I have never heard a Republican candidate say on national TV that we should vote for the Democrat over the Republican.  Ronald Reagan would be rightfully ashamed of Mr. Santorum.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am not arguing that Gov. Romney is the perfect (or even preferred) standard bearer for us this fall.  But we are all Republicans and we shouldn’t be here if we don’t believe that Governor Romney or any other GOP candidate is preferable to Mr. Obama.

For the sake of ego, Santorum is exploiting the potential schism which has simmered within our party for some time.  He is encouraging the unraveling of the party by bating those in our party who spend their time calling fellow Republicans names like “RINOS” and identifying a strict code which one must swear to if he or she is going to be deemed a “true” Republican.  Santorum makes us forget that the fundamental reason why we are Republicans is because we believe in a free economy and a limited government which does not overly intrude into our lives.  All those who believe the same should be welcomed into our party in the same way that Ronald Reagan welcomed so many new Republican voters in 1980 and 1984 and stitched together a winning coalition which gave him a mandate to cut taxes and limit the size of government.  If alive today, I imagine that President Reagan would be appalled to hear fellow Republican calling each other RINOs.  I imagine that he would also be disgusted by the comments made by Rick Santorum.

Joseph Mendola, a native New Yorker and a graduate of Columbia Law School was the 2009 Republican candidate for NYC Comptroller.  He received nearly 200,000 votes, the most of any Republican running for office in NYC in 2009 except for Michael Bloomberg.  Joe is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Florida. He works in the securities industry and holds 10 different FINRA sponsored licenses.  A direct survivor of 9/11, Joe lives with his 2 young children in one of America’s greatest liberal bastions, New York City’s Greenwich Village.  He may be reached at jmendolanyc@aol.com.

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