Allow me to add to the insightful thoughts of “An underdog switches to the GOP to run for mayor” (Politics As Usual, by Peter C. Mastrosimone, Oct. 18) by taking a quick trip down memory lane.
Remember in the 1990s under former Mayor Giuliani, Republicans held a record seven New York City Council seats. Queens residents in 1991 and again in 2005 sent three GOPers to the Council: Mike Abel (whose seat Republican Dan Halloran won back in 2009); Alfonse Stabile (Eric Ulrich did likewise, winning both a special and general election in 2009) and Thomas Ognibene (who was unable to stage a successful return in 2009). Those three — Abel, Stabile and Olgibene — were joined by Charles Millard and Andrew Eristoff of Manhattan, Martin Golden of Brooklyn and Fred Cerillo of Staten Island, resulting in a record seven Republican New York City Council members. You would have to go back 50 years or more to the old NYC Board of Alderman, which preceded the NYC Council, to find that many Republicans holding similar office.
Republicans need anotherRudy Giuliani to run for mayor in 2013 if they are to have any hopes of returning in significant numbers to the City Council class of 2014.