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.