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Feb 16 2013

A conversation with Eric Mingott on the GOP Proxy War

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“If you don’t like the leader you challenge them in an election – you don’t sabotage them.”

Eric Mingott is a proud Republican. He’s a former Marine and presently works as a tax accountant, but his heart is – and forever shall be – in service to the public. Mingott was a hopeful for the 35th Assembly District until his dreams were crushed after John Haggerty knocked him off the ballot, but now (as he’s eying another run for office) he’s looking to the future to rebuild a fractured Republican party.

During his campaign in 2012, Mingott had taken the time to register friends and family with the Republican Party so that they could serve as witnesses to his petitions. “Family, friends, they registered republican because of me — and we’re glad and proud — but the BOE didn’t process them in time,” he said.  Mingott said he collected 260 signatures out of the 185. “We received enough but at the end of the day, but we failed because of the witnesses.”

Then John Haggerty showed up at court.  He was one of the “perps whose hands were in it and exposed themselves to knocking me off the ballot,” said Mingott.  Haggerty, a convicted felon that specialized in the nuances of election law, challenged Mingott’s petitions. But Mingott didn’t have his own election lawyer fearing it would cost too much money and reasoned with himself that, after all, it was a Hispanic coalition and the Future Majority Project (an advocacy organization which helps Hispanics and women win public office) that had put their faith in him and propped up his grassroots campaign. However, he said for the sake of the Party, and for solidarity, he backed off when Haggerty attacked.   “We’d have been in court until after the primary,” he joked at his decision which he regrets everyday. “I am a Marine and Marines never give up.”

His experience is one small battle of a war that has been going on for 30 years. Most recently, insiders consider the illegal appointee just part of a ‘proxy war’ waged by southern Queens rebels Tom Ognibene and Eric Ulrich. However, Mingott does not believe that the ends justify the means.

“If you don’t like the leader you challenge them in an election – you don’t sabotage them,” said Mingott.

But Mingott, who considers himself part of the old school of gentleman politics, believes if “they said they mailed it, then they must have mailed it” and that the public humiliation of either side is ungentlemanly.

“Why would someone in that position lie,” he asked while insisting the matter be handled in-house. “Within the party, our infighting should not be public, which is the best way to go.”

It looks as if it will be a tough battle looming ahead as the Judge’s decision is appealed in court. Although Mingott doesn’t know Michael Michel, he knows Judith Stupp and said she ran the BOE to the best of her abilities. “These are pure party positions where we need good citizens because at the end of the day the American people are the ones that will be hurting. New Yorkers in general getting hurt, the voters are getting hurt — it’s not about sneaking things in at the last minute” he relented.

Mingott believes the proxy war is doing irreparable harm to the Party’s image. “We’re hoping we can move the party into a better position; it’s not about leadership, the party leadership is there…but more and more everyday people don’t want to be republicans because of the mass-media  looking at us as anti-everything. It’s not about leadership it’s about resources.”

In the 35th AD in the East Elmhurst \ Corona section of Queens with incumbent Jeffrion Aubry, the GOP are outnumbered 10 to 1 and trying to get a Republican movement in his district would be a tough undertaking. Despite the odds, Mingott seems undaunted. “People don’t want to hear us because of what the national level republicans are preaching.” Again, Mingott insisted it’s not for lack of leadership. “Our leadership is there we need younger people and fresh faces.  It’s time to focus on elections and reelecting our candidates and finding new ones. The infighting serves no purpose.”


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Oct 29 2012

Estrada Endorses Arcabascio for Senate

(l to r) Ruben Estrada, Tony Arcabascio

Latino National Republican Coalition of Orange County, chaired by Ruben Estrada, announced their endorsement of Tony Arcabascio over Senator Michael Gianaris for New York’s 12th Senate District.

Press Release: Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio, the Republican candidate running for New York Senate in the 12th Senate District, has accepted the endorsement of the Latino National Republican Coalition of New York State.

The LNRC NY supports the agendas of Republican candidates who share in their beliefs of traditional Conservative American values and stands for Job Creation and fiscal responsibility throughout New York State.

Tony’s stance on key issues such as job creation (bringing jobs back to the New York State), access to affordable and quality health care for all, improving the quality of education for students, and holding state officials accountable for how they spend taxpayers’ money is aligned with the Coalition’s point of views.

Chairman Ruben Estrada said “The LNRC NY is certain that Aurelio (Tony) Arcabasio is ready to go to Albany and get things done for his constituents in the 12th Senate District.  I am more, then certain, that Mr. Arcabasio has the ability to handle the diversity of the 12th Senate District”

“I gladly accept the endorsement of the Latino National Republican Coalition,” Tony said. “New York is known as a great city that proudly celebrates all cultures. As the son of Italian immigrants, I believe the 12th District is a beautiful representation of diversity at its best and with a strong Hispanic Population in our community, I feel I am ready to represent every resident in the 12th Senate District. 

It is refreshing to have the support of an organization that believes in a government of the people, by the people and for the people. If I am elected to the New York Senate, I will be there to represent everyone in my district.” ~Tony Arcabasio


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Aug 10 2012

Estrada to Haggerty: You are destructive to the growth of the Hispanic and African American Community!

"Haggerty to Myrna Littlewort who are against the leadership of the Queens County GOP have become destructive to the growth of the Hispanic and African American Community in the 35th Assembly District," says Ruben Estrada.

A searing open letter from Ruben Estrada to the Haggerty brothers.

“Hispanics need not apply”

Motto of the Haggerty Brothers (John and Bart Haggerty)

Today I write to inform the public of the most intolerable discriminatory actions perpetuated on viable, respectable and honorable American Hispanic Republican candidate in Queens County.  Allow me to introduce myself and that which I represent and moreover the major national Republican Party initiative developed, and being implemented with the interest of reaching out to the Hispanic community.

I am writing this personally as a lifelong Republican Party builder, and in my capacity as the area coordinator of the Future Majority Project “FMP” who identified and supported Eric M.  Mingott, Candidate for the NYS Assembly 35th Assembly District, a decision of which I applaud.

The Republican State Leadership Committee’s (RSLC) Future Majority Project has a goal of growing the Republican family in three areas: Americans of Hispanic descent, women and young voters. Specific to this campaign, the goal is to identify 100 new state level candidates of Hispanic descent and provide advice, resources and support to help elect at least 30 diverse candidates in the 2012 election cycle.

As the designated coordinator of FMP, our efforts in New York have been aggressive and positive.  My involvement as coordinator allowed me to assist in identifying true viable and electable Republican state level candidates of Hispanic descent within New York.

Our objectives include: recruit at least 100 new Hispanic legislative candidates across the country, increase the number of female Republican legislative candidates and partner with the College Republican National Committee for a national youth training and mobilization program.

As a lifelong American Republican of Puerto Rican heritage born and raised in El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), Republican Party Builder and Chairman of the Latino National Republican Coalition of New York, I have been recognized by the Republican National Committee as a Republican Hispanic leader in the United States, Member of the RNC Hispanic Steering Committee and the most active Hispanic Republican advocating for Hispanic inclusion nationally and particularly in New York State.

Most recently I have had the pleasure of meeting, and recommending for support to the FMP the candidacy to New York State Assembly in the 35 Assembly District of Queens, NY a very impressive and committed Hispanic Candidate with true Republican values (a young man with the ability to be the voice of equality and opportunities in his community) Mr. Eric M. Mingott.

I must commend Eric M. Mingott with the honorable attempt he had made in securing a place on the ballot for NYS Assembly in the 35th A.D.  Eric M. Mingott had recently resigned from his position with the Internal Revenue Service in order to help improve his community and create employment opportunities in the 35th A.D.  He is currently working on sponsoring three legislative bills that would create local manufacturing jobs and attract investors to the 35th Assembly District in order to support small business and improve the overall quality of life in neighborhoods such as East Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights and Rego Park.

Yet, I find it very difficult to accept that the self-interest negative bigoted entities known as the “Hispanics need not apply” Haggerty brothers (John and Bart Haggerty) within the Queens Republican party for negatively influencing the outcome of the nomination and designation of Mr. Mingott’s candidacy.  John Haggerty along with Myrna Littlewort and Gigi Salvadore (all registered Republicans) has proven once again that their self-interest and selfishness comes before the best interest of our community and party (Republican Party).  Once again the actions of rebel groups, such as those, from John

Haggerty to Myrna Littlewort who are against the leadership of the Queens County GOP have become destructive to the growth of the Hispanic and African American Community in the 35th Assembly District.

With that said, and although the decision was made, one which must have been difficult for the Board of Elections; I must state that the negative influences internally and externally within the Republican party of those such as John Haggerty and Bart Haggerty (employees, supporters, friends, and colleagues of New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich); and the ever so trivial personal and territorial egos of Myrna Littlewort and Gigi Salvador has caused the results of the disqualifying the nomination and designation of the only candidate seeking ballot, a Hispanic Republican in the 35th Assembly District, Eric M. Mingott.

Notwithstanding, the irony of the efforts by the Haggerty brothers and their allies, understand that it was void of an opposing candidate seeking the nomination and designation to the 35 AD, Queens County. Objections and opposition to the candidacy of Eric M. Mingott is merely one of hate opposition of Hispanic inclusion and outright bigoted.  The actions by the Haggerty brothers bring a negative effect on those Hispanic potential candidates may they be just contemplating a run for public office or well supported viable Republican Hispanic’s.  This resonates negatively to our well respected national and statewide initiative of increasing Hispanic Republican representation.

Republicans in Queens County should be ashamed of the Haggerty brothers, the law and/or judge who have allowed them to continue their destructive involvement in politics, perpetuate their obvious bigotry, and permit a known convicted criminal and their allies to set policy.


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