I'M FOR BARNHART AND GEIGER
I’m for Joe Geiger and Rachel Barnhart.
Different parties, different people, different philosophies, same proven excellence.
Same outsider’s perspective on an insular and corrupt political system.
So I’m backing them both.
Joe Geiger and Rachel Barnhart.
He’s a conservative Republican and she’s a liberal Democrat. He’s spent his 20s in the Army, and she’s spent her 20s and 30s in front of a television camera.
And they have each risen to the top of their professions, demonstrating a values-driven ethic that has produced both success and usefulness.
She’s the one getting the attention, he’s the one making quiet waves. I’d like to introduce you to them both.
Joe Geiger wants to replace retiring state Sen. Mike Nozzolio in a sprawling district that covers parts of six counties from Webster into the Finger Lakes. It is a wide-open race that will focus on a primary in September.
A nominating convention Thursday night picked Joe Geiger third from a field of 11. The party’s choice – Canandaigua Supervisor Pam Helming – is a favorite of the Republican leadership in the Senate.
The same Senate leadership that went along with Andrew Cuomo’s $15-an-hour minimum wage and Andrew Cuomo’s Safe Act.
Joe Geiger and Pam Helming and others will likely meet in a primary. I hope Joe Geiger wins.
Because he’s not the boy of the bosses, because he’s got integrity and honor, and because he’s proven his love of freedom on the battlefield.
He’s not kissed any backsides or paid any dues. He’s not beholden to the party or acculturated to its ways. He will answer to the people and to his principles.
He will take honesty and purity to Albany.
He officially leaves the Army next week, after a successful stint as commander of recruiters in the region. He is a combat artillery officer, and a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines. He grew up in Wayne County, where he lives now, and he is as genuine as the day is long.
Rachel Barnhart is cut from a different cloth.
A Rochester liberal, she has worked for almost 20 years as a television reporters. She eats, breathes and sleeps Rochester. She believes in it, she loves it, she lives for it.
And now she wants to represent it, to serve it in a larger and different way.
And I think she’d do a good job.
Not that I would agree with her, not that she wouldn’t drive me nuts.
But Rachel Barnhart is a true-believer progressive. From the standpoint of most Democrats, she is a wonderful combination of zealotry and practicality. She is smart, persistent and principled.
And she isn’t going to Albany to either go along or get along. She has been on a mission as a reporter, and she would be on a mission as a politician.
America is ticked off at the establishment. That’s why Bernie and Trump are doing so well. Everybody feels betrayed and cheated. We’ve been manipulated and lied to by both of our parties. The profession of politics has proven inadequate to the task. It’s time to send some regular people in.
The longer the political resume, the deeper the political taint.
The fresher the face, the greater the likelihood of honesty and normalcy.
So I’m backing these two – one conservative and one liberal. One for the Republican Senate and one for the Democrat Assembly.
Both are facing opponents beholden to the existing power structure.
Both are independent voices.
Both are intelligent, principled people of great achievement.
Both are the type of citizen-legislator the Founding Fathers envisioned.
So on the first day of the campaign, I’m taking my stand.
I’m for Joe Geiger for New York State Senate, and Rachel Barnhart for New York State Assembly.
I hope you will be, too.
- by Bob Lonsberry © 2016