NY Conservative Party celebrates 50th anniversary

New York’s Conservative Party celebrated its 50th anniversary Wednesday, June 13th.

Brothers-in-law J. Daniel Mahoney and Kieran O’Doherty founded the party in 1962 to counter liberal Nelson Rockefeller’s domination of the state’s Republican organization. It proceeded to do so — and then some.

After the 1964 Goldwater debacle, the Conservative Party’s success showed that conservatism was far from dead. Its 1965 mayoral candidate, William F. Buckley Jr., won an astonishing 341,000 votes — not only proving that conservatives mattered in the most left-wing city in America, but also helping the movement regain respect nationwide.

6 thoughts on “NY Conservative Party celebrates 50th anniversary

  1. Austin Battenberg Post author

    That is what it said in the article. Based on the number of votes their various candidates receive. Sorry, it isn’t my opinion. I guess I could change it.

  2. NewFederalist

    @1… I would think the election of Jim Buckley to the U.S. Senate in 1970 would be enough to make that statement.

  3. Austin Battenberg Post author

    Whether its true or not, being the most successful is an opinion. Not only the NY Conservative Party, but the LP and the CP both claim mantle to that for different reasons. CP because it has the most registered people in the party, and the LP because they have the most elected officials (local and minor as they may be).

    So I did end up taking it out.

  4. paulie

    CP because it has the most registered people in the party

    Vat majority of those were CA AIP, and AIP no longer affiliates with the Constitution Party.

    LP is largest by many measures for a nationally organized alt party that runs its own candidates.

    CPNYS is NY only and usually (but not always) cross-endorses, so it is not the same sort of thing.

  5. Indy

    LP is largest by many measures for a nationally organized alt party that runs its own candidates.

    Such as…..?

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