To the Editor:
Many of you don’t know it, but on June 26th there will be a Republican Party Primary to decide the Republican Party Congressional candidate to oppose Nita Lowey in the 17th Congressional District this Fall.
One candidate, Joe Carvin, has the full support of the Westchester and Rockland County Republican parties, having been endorsed at their convention on March 27.
The other candidate, Jim Russell, secured a sufficient number of signatures to get his name on the ballot to oppose Mr. Carvin in the June 26th primary.
One has to wonder whether or not the people signing Mr. Russell’s petitions to get him on the ballot were aware of his background and of the stir he caused in 2010 when the Republican Party correctly withdrew their support for his candidacy because of the anti-Semitic, white separatist views Mr. Russell expressed in a 2001 essay.
Peter Applebome of the New York Times wrote a story about Mr. Russell on September 26, 2010 headlined: “How Far Is Too Far?” describing an infamous 2001 essay in which Mr. Russell seemed to embrace, among other things, racial separatism, eugenics and an assortment of historical and literary figures with anti-Semitic or Nazi ties. It also turns out that he has attended gatherings of groups with white nationalist views.
Has Mr. Russell renounced his writings since the 2010 election? Sadly, the answer is a loud and brutal NO!
I could quote in nauseating detail the hate spewing from Mr. Russell’s mind, but I don’t want to give it any more distribution than it already has. You can read the source material for yourself at this web site.
Suffice it to say, Mr. Russell wasn’t a fit candidate in 2010 to represent the Republican Party and he certainly is not in 2012.
This time out, Republicans can do the work of lawyers and courts. They can vote Jim Russell off the November ballot by voting for Joe Carvin in the Republican primary June 26.
And let’s be clear: Mr. Carvin represents everything Mr. Russell has denounced.
Mr. Carvin is married to an African-American and has mixed race children.
Mr. Carvin is friends with people of all religions and races – Protestants of all sects, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Hispanics, Blacks, Indians, Chinese, Japanese, really, the people of the world.
He is comfortable working with, talking to, and having as friends, Americans of all political persuasions, and won his last race as Rye Town supervisor by a 2-1 majority in a Town with 2-1 Democratic over Republican registration.
The eyes of the County, the State, and, yes, the Nation will be on this June 26 Republican primary. Republicans, drown out the bigot, Mr. Russell, with a resounding vote and your vocal support for a Republican and American whom we can be proud of in Congress, Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin.