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« on: June 30, 2005, 01:30:42 am »

As everyone has said, Staten Island is probably the only part of the city where there might be more Republicans than Democrats.

In all honesty, Bloomberg hasn't done anything wrong that warrants throwing him out of office, and as partisan as I am, I'm pulling for Bloomberg this November.  NYC Democrats, bless their souls they try, but considering the disaster that the city became under Democrats, I have no problem with keeping Bloomberg in office.

from wikipedia

Politically, Staten Island has been friendlier to Republicans than other areas of New York City.

Even though there are far more registered Democrats than Republicans, the island has only voted for the Democratic presidential nominee three times since 1952 — in 1964, 1996 and 2000. In 2004 George W. Bush received 57% of the island's votes to 42% for John Kerry; by contrast, Kerry outpolled Bush in the city's other four boroughs cumulatively by a margin of 77% to 22%. The congressional district which includes Staten Island has been in Republican hands since 1981 and is currently represented by Vito Fossella, elected in a 1997 special election to replace Susan Molinari. Its borough president is Republican James Molinaro, elected in 2001. Two of the three Republicans who sit on the New York City Council are also from Staten Island; however, the portion of the island north of the Staten Island Expressway votes mainly Democratic.

George Pataki received a majority of Staten Island's votes in the 2002 gubernatorial election, and Michael Bloomberg overwhelmingly carried the island in the mayoral election of 2001 (84,891 to 23,664).

Hence, if Staten Island is arguably a swing county in federal elections, it is a Republican stronghold in city elections. Most local political scientists cite law and order as the issue that resonates most strongly with island voters, at least on the local level.

I am pulling for the Dems in the mayor race, but I have know real problem with Bloomberg, and he is basically a Democrat anyway.  He was registered as a Dem & the only reason he changed parties is the Republican Primary was much easier than the Dem Primary.

Also I don't really put on that much blame on the Dems for the city's problems, during the 80's & early 90's.  Keep in mind violence & crime rates were up across the country as a whole then.  New York had a pretty high rate & those in power should get some of the reasponability, but NYC wasn't exactly the most dangerous city either.  I can't find the link, but remember seeing that during the 80's & early 90's as far as crime rate & what not goes NYC was pretty much in the middle of the pack as far as cities with large cities (pop above 500k).  Now it is the lowest & NYC has gotten much better, but compared to other major cities NYC was never all that bad even in its highest peak crime days (crime rates across the U.S were sharply higher in the 80's & early 90's)
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2005, 10:10:07 pm »

Giuliani was not on the liberal side. Bloomberg is. He was a former Democrat who only switched over for convenience purposes. New Yorkers vote for a person and their actions, not a letter... and this election is being fought over crime, education, housing and finances... all of which are getting better except for housing.

Giuliani is quite liberal on social issues.  pro gay rights (pro gay marriage) past one of the first domestic partnership laws in 97, very pro choice, andti PBA ban,, pro- Gun Control
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