The Empire Pages Interviews Leaders of NY’s Alternative Parties

In New York, The Empire Page has been conducting a series of interviews with leaders of New York’s political parties for about the last year.  In the last six months, they have spoken with Tom Golisano, who is well known for his support of the Independence Party of NYS, as well as Shaun Marie, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party of NYS.  Earlier this week, The Empire Page interviewed Chris Edes, the current Chairman of the NYS Libertarian Party, resulting in a discussion that . . . covers the evils of the two-party system, third party strategy and ballot access issues, the petitioning process and partisan vs. non-partisan elections. 

Edes begins:

The biggest problem facing New York State is dysfunctional government.  One could fill a book with the whys and hows, but the root cause is our two-party system of government.  The “right side/wrong side” mentality inherent in the system privileges power over public service.  Tactics of doubtful moral or ethical virtue are often employed to retain this power, and defeating the other team is given higher priority than real outcomes for New York’s citizens.  Civic engagement suffers when issues are oversimplified, so that one side’s position can be presented as “right” and the other “wrong”.

The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party.  We’re committed to providing a real alternative on your local ballot.  Unlike most “third parties” in our State, cross-endorsement of Democrats and Republicans is the exception for us, rather than the norm.  For the Libertarian Party, independence is a way of life, not a party label.

He concludes:

People should consider voting for us, and joining our party, because we stand up for their rights.  We believe America’s greatness derives from our strong respect for the freedom of the individual.  If people want politicians to tell them what to do, and take more of their hard-earned money, they should vote for some other party.  That’s their prerogative.  The Libertarian Party will continue to stand for the dignity and integrity of the individual.

6 thoughts on “The Empire Pages Interviews Leaders of NY’s Alternative Parties

  1. Michael Cavlan

    Does the NY GP cross endorse?

    just wondering. Agree about the two party system being the problem.

  2. Vaughn

    They could cross-endorse the few of Working Families Party candidates that are not also running as Democrats. Like Patricia Eddington.

  3. Vaughn

    Wait, not like Patricia Eddington.

    But yeah, they could and should cross-endorse anyone who is close in beliefs that is outside of the two major parties.

  4. Kimberly Wilder

    I am not a member of the Green Party anymore. But, since I was in for so long, I know a little of the patterns.

    I think that at the statewide level in NY, there would be too much angst to truly cross-endorse a candidate on a major party or “second tier party” line. A few Working Families/Democrat things have happened at the local level, based on small group dynamics. But, there would probably be a huge outcry if things went to the State Committee.

    For the Green Party to cross-endorse another party at its own level – an “independent body” without automatic ballot status, such as the Libertarians or Socialist Workers – then, the candidate being run would have to collect signatures on both of those lines. Which is a nearly impossible, and pretty futile task. So, that probably wouldn’t happen.

    In case the Libertarians and Greens really wanted to collaborate, it would make more sense to collect signatures and run one candidate for Governor on a line called “Green Libertarian Party” or something. And, that would change the dynamics of everything and confuse the current, statewide entities of each party. I guess a great candidate, with excellent consensus skills, and friends in both parties could do it…but….not likely.

    Also, Patricia Eddington is not the kind of politician that the Green Party would get into supporting. She is pretty conservative. And, her husband, who is also a politician, and who she often “covers for”, is nastily racist and anti-immigrant. The thought of any association with him – even indirectly – would probably send most greens through the roof.

    In addition…my personal thought…one of the main points of the Green Party is that they do not accept corporate donations. So, Green Party candidates are free of corporate influence and answer to the people. When/if a candidate runs on another line, in addition, then they are skirting that system, by using the money and/or infrastructure of a party that DOES take corporate money. So, why should they bother claiming to be “green”?

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