Capital Area Official Considers Gubernatorial Run
Guilderland, New York Town Board member Warren Redlich www.wredlich.com/ny is considering seeking the Republican and Libertarian Party http://ny.lp.org nominations for New York governor. His candidacy was sought by two former State Chairs of theLibertarian Party, Eric Sundwall and me, who believed the Albany area lawyer can harness the energies of the RonPaul and "tea party" movements to advance liberty. Redlich has been active with both movements, serving as the Albany legal representative for the Ron Paul presidential campaign, as a Ron Paul delegate candidate and contributorto the Ron Paul campaign. He participated in some of the Tea Party rallies http://www.wredlich.com/stop-wasting-money/2009/04/yes-they-can.html
Redlich twice ran for Congress before being elected to the Guilderland town board. Independent of the Pataki Republicanorganization, he endorsed and provided legal assistance pro bono to Eric Sundwall's Libertarian Party congressional campaign in the neighboring congressional district. On the board he has been an active voice against spending, taxes, borrowing and eminent domain. http://www.townofguilderland.org/Pages/GuilderlandNY_BoardMin/2009/S02694391
The theme of Redlich's campaign if he should run is simple: Stop Wasting Money.
His platform is still taking shape but unlike GOP candidates who say they are against wasteful spending and high taxes but support corporate welfare and eminent domain abuse for those they like, Redlich calls for the abolition of departments such as the various economic development agencies. Redlich faults the economic development agencies as corporate welfare and engines of eminent domain abuse.
I am educating him about some examples in the news now which are downstate from him: Columbia University in Manhattanville (West Harlem), Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, and Willets Point in Queens. He opposes all three.
Most likely, Warren Redlich will decide whether to run in January or February. If yes, he will seek the Libertarian Party nomination at the April 24th convention in the Albany area. Then, this summer he and his five running-mates for statewide office will need to gather 15,000 signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
If not nominated at the Republican convention, he would have to gather 15,000 Republican signatures for the September primary, unless a substantial percentage of GOP convention delegates accord him an automatic spot on the primary ballot.
So far, Redlich supporters have created a Facebook group
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=211524788883&ref=ts )for him. If he declares there will be a new website for his committee and he will start raising money.
Warren Redlich offers the potential to appeal not just to Ron Paul and Tea Party supporters but Libertarians, Republicans, Conservatives,Democrats, independents and Greens tired of the state stomping on the taxpayers, property owners and tenants for thebenefit of privileged money interests. But first he must decide whether to run, and then it is up to the voters. -30-
About the author: Richard Cooper is an international trade executive with a manufacturing firm on Long Island, New York, USA. He is active in the Libertarian Party www.lp.org on eminent domain and other issues. He was chair of the Libertarian Party of New York http://ny.lp.org. A longtime supporter of Ron Paul from the early Eighties on, he was a Ron Paul delegate in the 2008 Republican presidential primary and served briefly as NY director for the Republican Liberty Caucus. www.rlc.org
Tags: Ron Paul , Tea Party , Corporate Welfare , NY Governor , Lazio , Atlantic Yards , Eminent Domain Abuse , NY Politics , Pataki
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