Liberal Party picks new state chair, plots resurgence

The Liberal Party of New York, which lost its 58-year ballot access streak in 2002 when Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democratic Nominee, has a new State Chairman. According to a press release posted on the party’s homepage today, Vice-Chairman and long-time party activist Jack Olchin has acceeded to the chair following the resignation of its previous occupant:

Mr. Olchin, longtime leader of the Liberal Party on Long Island is admired by leaders on both sides of the political aisle because of his ability to be an astute political leader without comprising his principles. As an Attorney, Mr. Olchin served the people of Nassau County as a Deputy County Attorney for 23 years. He represented all County departments in hearings involving NY State Civil Service Law, in addition, the Sheriff’s Department, NY State Public Employment Relations Board and was Council to the Human Rights Commission, during that time fighting discrimination of every kind.

The one-state party is planning a “very public campaign” to place its agenda before voters in anticipation of the 2009 and 2010 electoral cycles. An unattributed quote in the release (presumably Olchin’s) declares the party’s vision as it moves out of hibernation:

Our country prospered as no other in history because liberal principles of justice, open opportunities and a level playing field in all areas brought freedom and growth in unparalleled ways. Only America offered this freedom and opportunity and we were proud of it and succeeded because of it.

The America which was guided to greatness by these principles and beliefs needs to exist again and the Liberal Party of New York State will work as it did sixty years ago to make us strong, confident and open again.

3 thoughts on “Liberal Party picks new state chair, plots resurgence

  1. richardwinger

    This is good reporting.

    It’s odd that the new chair would get the party’s history wrong. The Liberal Party became a qualified party in New York state in 1946, when it polled over 50,000 votes for Governor for the first time. So it was a qualified party 56 years, not 64 as he said. It petitioned in 1944 for president and US Senate but since Governor wasn’t up in 1944, it didn’t become ballot-qualified in 1944.

  2. Fred Church Ortiz Post author

    Thanks Richard. It looks like they accidentally counted from the party’s founding to the present, instead of up until 02. Their wording properly excludes 44 as well, but I think mine warrants the larger figure, so that’s how I corrected it.

  3. Fred Church Ortiz Post author

    Oddly, they’ve since corrected their ballot access figure to 56 years, but now they imply that the party itself starting 46. :/

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