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June 7, 2006
FARRELL: FASO’S EXTREME FAR-RIGHT IDEOLOGY OUT OF
MAINSTREAM FOR NY
in total disarray as party now stuck with John Faso – same man its leaders said
is “in la-la land,” “can’t win,” and is too
Farrell: If Faso tries to portray himself as a moderate,
we’ll make sure voters know about his anti-choice, anti-gun control,
Dem chairman also reveals previously unreported gun votes
by Faso that put him far out of the
Republican candidate for governor John Faso is way too
extreme in his far-right ideology to be governor of New York, State
Democratic Chairman Herman “Denny” Farrell, Jr. said today. Farrell, who served
in the Assembly with Faso for sixteen years, pointed to a host of far-right
anti-woman, anti-child, anti-civil rights positions and votes staked out by Faso
– including previously unreported votes by Faso against protecting children from
guns -- and vowed to brief voters on the Faso record from now until the
election. In addition, Farrell noted that even top Republicans have shunned
Faso’s candidacy because he is so far out of the mainstream.
“I know John Faso and had a cordial relationship with him
in the Assembly, but his far-right votes against children, women, education,
civil rights, gun control, and the environment make him dangerous for New York,” Farrell said
today. “The sad truth is that the Republican Party in New York has now been
taken over by right-wing ideologues and that’s why so many mainstream
Republicans have opposed John Faso’s candidacy.”
Farrell today said he would be briefing the people of
New York over
the following weeks and months on Faso’s long hard-right, ideological voting
record, to make sure Faso would not attempt a bait-and-switch on his extreme
record. To that end, Farrell pointed to a host of votes and stances Faso has
taken that fall so far outside the mainstream of New York values that Republicans have criticized them,
Only member of Assembly to
vote against equal pay for women – four times (Post-Standard, 4.17.02; NY Post
Voted against improving
screening for breast and cervical cancer (Times Union,
Opposed teaching children
about Irish potato famine on the grounds that it is “silly” to teach children
about “genocide”. (Daily News, 5.18.06).
Voted against bill
establishing an institute honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(A.10353—B of 1998).
Voted against the construction
of youth centers (A.11581/S.8247, Chap. 211 of 1990).
Voted against lunch periods
for children in school (A.2317/S.1297, Chap. 296 of
Voted against building new and safer schools for our children (Times
In addition, Farrell pointed to Faso’s previously
unreported record on gun safety, including:
- John Faso voted against keeping guns out of children’s
hands 9 times, opposing the Children Weapon Accident Prevention Act, which
would prevent tragic accidental deaths (A.651 of 1997-’98, A.1382 of 1996,
A.1598-B of 1994, and A.10687 of 1992).
Under this common-sense bill, there would be new
provisions for storing guns so that children have a harder time reaching them,
and the state Education Department would develop a weapons safety program to
teach children how to prevent weapon accidents.
Farrell also pointed out that Faso’s record is so extreme
that even several top Republicans have been scared off by his candidacy. In
addition to the Republican Party leader saying Faso was “in la-la land” (11/21/05, NY1), several county party
leaders accused him of being anti-woman and too extreme in recent weeks. In a
letter sent to other GOP county chairs last month, Orange County GOP Chairman
Bill DeProspo called Faso “out of step,” “extreme,” and “embarrassing.” Here is
just a sampling of some of the state’s top Republicans who fear Faso’s
REPUBLICANS FEAR FASO
- “It’s like he lives in La-La land.” -- GOP Chairman Steve Minarik (NY1,
- He is “extreme,” “out of step,” and “embarrassing,” --
Orange County GOP Chairman Bill
DeProspo (Letter, 5.18.06).
- His “anti-choice antics have beholden him to a minority
of far right extremists.” -- Republican Majority for Choice Political Action
Committee (Release, 5.16.06).
- "It seems like when it counts on the most sensitive and
serious matters, John Faso marches to the beat of a very bizarre drum." -- Weld campaign
spokeswoman (NY Sun, 5.22.06).
- “I don't believe he can win this race.” GOP Chairman Steve Minarik (Times