• VIDEO – Gov. Ron DeSantis & protestor at Cradle of Aviation Museum:
On April Fools Day, the Nassau County Republican Committee hosted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
DeSantis pitched his Florida Blueprint – politics to the right of Trump – to Long Island.
Tickets were free, and the first 300 attendees received a free copy of DeSantis’ new book ‘The Courage to be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival.’
– Before the event started, a few dozen protestors were waving colorful pro-Trump flags at cars passing near CAM’s entrance on Charles Lindberg Blvd.
For though the Long Island event was nominally a stop on the governor’s book tour, it was more importantly an unofficial campaign stop for his undeclared presidential candidacy.
So it was clear Nassau GOP was no longer acting all in for Trump.
– Early in the event, Nassau County Republican chairman JOSEPH CAIRO introduced several GOP leaders sitting in the VIP section.
– Prominent Republicans politicians who stood up included Rep. PETE KING (R-Seaford), who attended with his wife Rosemary Weidl; former Sen. AL D’AMATO (R-NY)), who sat with his ex-wife Katuria D’Amato and their two children; and Rep. ANTHONY D’ESPOSITO (R-Island Park).
Cairo then introduced each speaker, including Nassau County Executive BRUCE BLAKEMAN, former Rep. LEE ZELDIN (R-N.Y.), and, finally, FLA Gov. RON DESANTIS.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman:
– former Rep. Lee Zeldin:
– Gov. DeSantis Event
– Gov. Ron DeSantis:
– While speaking at the podium, Gov. DeSantis commented about the U.S. Navy F11A Tiger jet suspended overhead and how he had served in the Navy.
While earning his law degree from Harvard University, DeSantis joined the U.S. Navy in 2004, and from then to 2010 was a naval officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps. JAGS are attorneys with knowledge of civilian and military law.
• NAVY jet above former NAVY JAG DeSantis:
– DeSantis made many comparisons between Florida and New York, and between Florida and the U.S. government.
An aside: DeSantis said so much he meant as unflattering about New York that I wondered how it struck his hosts.
NO STATE INCOME TAX – The governor said how Florida, unlike New York, has no state income tax, and how his state has the warmer weather, though no mention was made of his state’s growing hurricane season. And he stressed in how [once COVID increased workers’ opportunity to work from home] the biggest increase in U.S. migration to Florida has come from New York recently.
DeSantis continued to claim Florida has lax gun safety regulations because largely unfettered gun rights are constitutionally guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
And those regulations are getting even laxer.
On April 3rd, in a non-public event two days after he spoke on Long Island, DeSantis signed legislation allowing residents to carry a concealed loaded weapon without a permit anywhere in the state.
Second Amendment, ratified in 1791: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.
DeSantis’ approach to gun safety makes solid sense, as long as one ignores a few things:
1) The first half of the amendment, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” states the reason for giving the rights is in order to maintain a well regulated Militia. How is that related to a person owning assault rifles, carrying concealed weapons without permits…?
2) In 1791 “Arms” referred to handguns or long guns that could hold one shot at a time.
3) Florida’s rate of deaths due to gunfire is about 3X that of New York, which has significantly stronger gun safety regulation.cdc.gov states map
the courage to be free
Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump won’t be the only options, Republican or otherwise, for presidential candidates in 2024.
And we certainly deserve better than the Florida Blueprint and MAGA cruelty.
Updated Jan. 2022: Election results added near end of post
‘When labor votes, the state wins’ – Gov. Hochul, 10/30/2022, Mineola, N.Y.
The New York governor’s race has become unexpectedly close.
Two days after early voting started in New York, and nine days before Election Day 2022, Democratic candidates and supporters – largely from labor unions – gathered for a Nassau County Rally with Governor Hochul.
The Sunday, October 30th event was held outdoors during a sunny autumn afternoon at the Local 338, RSDSU UFCW workers union site in Mineola, Long Island.
After many candidates, labor union leaders, and democratic leaders on stage spoke, it was time for Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado to speak and then introduce Gov. Kathy Hochul.
• VIDEO: Lt. Gov. Delgado speaks and then introduces Gov. Hochul:
During Lt. Gov. Delgado’s impassioned speech about WHY it’s so important to vote, and to vote for democratic candidates, particularly for Gov Hochul, the enthusiastic audience frequently punctuated his points by clapping and calling out “That’s right… “Say it again!”… “Preach!”….
The following transcript of Lt. Gov. Delgado’s speech is from the above video that starts shortly after he begins speaking at the podium.
Transcript of Lt. Gov. Antonio’s Speech (from video above):
[…Referring to some Republican candidates] “….only in it for the game. It’s all a joke. And they play with people’s lives. Like it’s a game. And it’s not.
“We have to step up as people and demand more. We just have to. We have to set the bar. Integrity, decency, honesty. Are you principled? Do you care? Do you know how to love people? These things have to matter. To our democracy to matter. Education has to matter. And labor has to matter.
“Any political leader worth their salt that can’t get behind collective bargaining and organized labor needs to not be in public service. The story of upward mobility, the story, the American Dream. This whole idea is based on working folk coming together and fighting for more. To raise their families up across generations. And you want to call yourself a leader, destroy that? Come on now. Seriously. We know we can do better. And guess what folks, we can and we will.
“I got to know Governor Hochul very well. We talk about the stakes. A lot. We don’t, we don’t spend time foolin’ around and being political about… oh about this, how.. What are we going to do? What are the solutions? How’re we going to govern, to the people? Those were our conversations.
“She cares. She’s a worker. From the ground up, not top down. Not imposing her will, but engaging with the will of the people. And she leads from the heart, from the heart. Honest. Upfront. Accessible. Accountable. The kind of things you want in a leader. Not gonna lie to your face. Or fear monger. Or peddling hate. You have that chance right now.
“So whatever people are saying out there. All the head scratching, all the twitter feeds, and all the chaos and the noise. Forget about it. Put it to the side. The only thing we should be doing right now is action, not thinking. Act. Show up. And vote and support an absolutely amazing governor who is dedicated to the people. Who will fight for the people. Who comes from the people. Our governor – Kathy Hochul.”