Tag Archive: Mitt Romney

Sep 07 2012

Ulrich makes defamatory comments to WWII Vet

Juan Reyes says Ulrich’s ‘sleazy’ comments about Bob Dole, a World War II hero and a former GOP Presidential Nominee, prove he is unfit for public service.

Veterans should be outraged and Republicans who respect elder statesman in the GOP party should be too.

Press Release: Eric Ulrich’s rude and mocking comments about Senator Bob Dole prove that 27-year old Ulrich is unfit for public office,” said his opponent, attorney Juan Reyes.

Dole endorsed Reyes for the Queens State Senate seat earlier this week.

Reyes added that, “This sleazy and sarcastic comment about one of America’s greatest heroes is beyond contempt.”

Dole, now 89, was badly wounded in Italy during World War II and permanently lost the use of his right arm. He went on to serve five terms in the United States Senate, was Senate Majority Leader, Chairman of the Republican National Committee in the 1970s, and was the Republican Presidential candidate in 1996.

“Eric Ulrich’s lack of maturity and class is not news,” said Reyes, “but to mock a man who gave so much in World War II to free Italy from Hitler and the Nazis is just about the lowest thing I have ever seen in a political campaign.”

Reyes added, “Ulrich’s lack of respect for one of the greatest members of “the Greatest Generation” is appalling.”

“Ulrich needs to apologize immediately to Senator Dole and to the voters of our district, especially those who have served in America’s military,” said Reyes, who worked for Dole in Washington in the 1990s.

Reyes added, “Eric Ulrich may think it’s funny to ridicule Senator Dole, but Republican voters will have the last laugh on Thursday, September 13.”

Reyes noted that this is not the first time that Ulrich’s rude comments have caused a storm. In a April 12, 2009 interview with New York magazine, Ulrich said “Republicans aren’t all religious fundamentalists from Alabama; some of us are just normal” — a remark that drew a storm of criticism from conservatives and religious Republicans alike.

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Mar 22 2012

Hundreds Attend N.E Queens Republican Debate

Local Republican Club hosts Presidential Debate at the Clearview Golf Course. Here’s a breakdown of the spirited event:

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway) represented Mitt Romney. Ulrich believed Romney is the best candidate because he has the most appeal to independent voters.

Paul Neydavood represented Newt Gingrich and touted Newt’s long list of  ‘accomplishments.’

City Councilman Dan Halloran represented Ron Paul and impressed the crowd with his knowledge of constitutional law lending credit to his alleged bid for U.S Congress.

Elio Forcina represented Rick Santorum and compared the Catholic bashing of Santorum as the worst reaming since JFK. He made a comparison of the treatment of Frank Padavan during the state senate race in 2010,

Here’s some pics for your perusal courtesy of Facebook:

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Feb 07 2012

Reporter Wooed By Ulrich

Credit: Gabel For News

Ulrich sweeps a reporter off his feet with his slick head of hair and Cheshire grin.

All it took was a ride to the subway and an appearance by a Yorkshire terrier and bam – a glowing piece of journalism that will likely be hung up in the office by Councilman Ulrich.

The article explores the selection of Eric Ulrich as Mitt Romney’s goto guy in New York City. However, there is no mention of Ulrich’s questionable political maneuvers in the fractured GOP, no questions regarding how he improperly used Bloomberg’s campaign staff in 2009, or how Ulrich plans on aiding a candidate when the County organization is supporting Newt Gingrich as the GOP nominee.

While official endorsements are yet to be announced, there is a clear divergence in support for the GOP candidates. For example, Robert Hornak, the spokesman for the Queens County Republicans was encouraging residents of Florida to vote for Newt Gingrich on his Facebook,

To all my friends and family in Florida, please consider voting for Newt Gingrich this Tuesday in the Presidential Primary. We need someone with serious ideas to fix this country, and Newt has the ideas we need, said Hornak.

GOP County Chairman Phil Ragusa was as all but endorsing Newt Gingrich in his comments originally reported by the Glendale Register,

Newt Gingrich is a strong and very impressive candidate and is someone I think the American people would have great confidence in when it comes time to turn around our failing economy and put America back on the right track. We’ve been blessed with a very strong field to choose from, but everyone I talk with agrees that Newt is the smartest candidate with an incredible command of the issues, said Ragusa.

Meanwhile, Vince Tabone Executive Vice-Chair of the Queens GOP was on the record courting Romney, but didn’t come off as adamant for a candidate as did Ulrich, Hornak, or Ragusa.

Many New York employers who want to see an end to President Obama’s anti-business rhetoric and policies have told me that they trust Mitt Romney to implement pro-job, pro growth policies and get the economy moving again…and after you meet with Mitt you are immediate[ly] impressed with how sensible and stable he is, said Tabone.

Councilman Dan Halloran went as far as to welcome Ron Paul to Webster Hall.

“The councilman is happy to introduce Congressman Paul,” according to a report first appearing in the Douglaston Patch.

Finally, Elio Forcina now considered a rising star in GOP politics whole heartedly endorsed Rick Santorum as the best thing since thing since parochial school.

Of course I want anyone but Obama…but how can anyone support Newt Gingrich…we here in Queens know how influence peddlers can destroy a community. Nothing against Romney,  but I believe Rick Santorum has the prayer life and the interior life to take on the Obama machine.

At a time when solidarity could have brought the Queens GOP some national recognition, it looks like Ulrich could have shot himself in the foot. Looking at what insiders call the de facto South Queens GOP, if drumming up Republican support in NYC for Mitt Romney means Ulrich sending Tom Ognibene and the Haggerty brothers knocking on doors in a heavily Democratic district with a skewed message, well then it’s a slam dunk. The bemusing report hits the nail on the head in the last sentence,

 …then I was back on the subway, staring out the window at the countless rows of drab, broken buildings that make up the town Ulrich hopes to sell on a Mormon Republican millionaire from New England.

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IBTimes: Eric Ulrich, Mitt Romney’s man in New York City, has photographs of two presidents hanging above his desk in Ozone Park, Queens. The two leaders represent vastly different philosophies, but they have long been two of Ulrich’s personal heroes.

“John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, two Irish Catholics,” he told me (though Reagan was actually a Protestant), beaming up at the framed portraits. “They’re two very inspiring figures with interesting stories.”

Ulrich, 26, is a Catholic Republican himself. But as the youngest member of the New York City Council he has supported living-wage legislation and other progressive measures, staking out a center-right slice of the electorate similar to the one courted by Romney, whose campaign chose Ulrich to be its New York City chairman in November.

For full article: http://newyork.ibtimes.com/articles/291560/20120201/mitt-romney-2012-new-york-ulrich-eric.htm

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Dec 24 2011

Humpty Dumpty Republicans

Mr. Romney, Mario D'Elia will make sure that you take Malba.

Vince Tabone makes promises he can’t keep.

Executive Vice Chairman of the Queens GOP Vince Tabone met with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on December 14 and discussed the possibility of local organizational support for the governor’s presidential bid, according to a press release.

Support? That’s a funny word coming from Vince Tabone. If by support he means recruiting Rob Sperenza (who still thinks John McCain is running) and Elio Forcina (who is a religious fanatic and thinks Rick Santorum was sent by God) lounging in a campaign office eating donuts as Mario D’Elia, (a Democrat who was known to stand in the streets in the 80’s screaming vote for Reagan!) then Vince is totally correct about having the support to offer.

However, after observing Tabone’s failed campaigns and broken promises, I’m asking this question; is the man so disillusioned about this so-called support that be would blatantly lie to the presidential candidate? Yes indeed. There is no support, and a shoutout from Dee Richard isn’t going to cut the mustard. The party has become a small bunch of old fogeys and talking heads like William Lewis, Kimon Thermos, and Bob Bishop. There isn’t anybody to get excited about, let alone anyone worth their salt to brag about to a Presidential candidate. Not even the riches of John Catsimatidis can reinvigorate the party even though there are more Republicans in Queens than in any other county. No voter in their right mind would answer the door if these guys came knocking – let alone if they could climb the flight of stairs to get there.

The biggest joke of politics this year was when Vince, Ragusa, Ognibene and company destroyed the party. We have Ulrich down in south Queens freelancing with Mitt Romney  while Robert Hornak has an old fart man crush on Newt Gingrich. Everyone seems to be jockying for  photo op with Congressman Bob Turner (who was Ulrich’s creation by the way).  What about the Haggertys? They aren’t old. Nah, they’ll settle for whomever throws the most money at them. You can expect the Haggertys to support Donald Trump after they sell him the Independence line.

With Frank Padavan in semi-retirement, not even he can put the party together again.

All of these guys have forgot what being a Republican is all about.  They’ve been chipping away at the local GOP for a decade, and you know who suffers? I’ll tell you, it’s young people because they are excluded from the party and democracy takes a slam when there is not a single local Republican voice to counter the heavily weighted Democratic opinion. Has anyone seen a viable young Republican club? Candidates have to poach and hire from the Suffolk and Nassau clubs for bodies. During Tabone’s failed bid for assembly, his volunteers came from Long Island, not the neighborhood. It boils down to logistics. They have none. Has anyone seen the Republican party perform any community service lately? Of course not, it just doesn’t happen. Thank God for Dan Halloran because without him, the GOP would be nothing, even with his colorful antics. In summation, they have failed to adapt. I blame the leadership. Meetings are stocked with the elderly and infirm. God Bless them, but I bet their grandkids are Democrats!

Of course the seniors tend to vote, but real campaign support for Romney, like boots on the ground? I think not.

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Nov 29 2011

To Catch A Candidate

My fellow Republicans think the fact that I change my mind on a whim is acceptable for a Presidential candidate.

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-32) will be rolling out the red carpet for GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney right into the scenic bosom of Ozone Park.

Former Borough President Guy Molinari, the state chairman for Romney’s bid for President selected the young legislator from south Queens to serve as the New York City Chairman.

Ulrich was pleased and responded to the press with a patriotic hymnal, “I do this for the country”.

Ulrich thinks Romney’s flip-flopping is really a heartfelt decision, but really it’s the most deceptive practice in politics.

Democrats think Mr. Romney lacks integrity and accuse him of flip-flopping. The Romney camp is playing it down as do most politicians.

Unethical trends

For example, when a candidate makes campaign promises like the one that goes something like this: I’m not using this election as a platform for higher office, I swear I’ll never run and then they do.

Miraculously when the right time comes around  they suddenly changed their minds. In Romney’s case is he pro choice or pro life? I can’t tell. Whatever he is today may not be what he is tomorrow.

A certain state Assembly member once told me it’s ok to do this. I said no it’s not, a man is only as good as his word.

If we can’t hold you accountable for what you say to get into office, what does that say about your character?

The same paradox plays out for a candidate’s platform. It has a tendency to be abandoned midway, like pretending they never made those pledges in the first place, such as reform in Albany. What happened to that? Has anyone asked these questions to the recent class of elects that were ‘independent reformers’ that made promises to reign in the special interests?

How do we hold any candidate accountable when they can change their mind?

Changing your mind is political baloney. Obviously there’s room for positions to be changed based on a rational calculus, but that doesn’t seem to be the trend.

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