Last Tuesday’s election was a good day for Republicans in New York State. Republicans retained control of bellwether Nassau, Rockland, and Westchester counties by sizeable margins, and won the mayor’s race in three notable cities: Glen Cove, Peekskill, and Binghamton. The Grand Old Party even took control of the Erie County legislature for the first time since 1977.
Then there was the election in New York City.
Warren Wilhelm Jr., now known to the world as Bill de Blasio, won an election that, for all intents and purposes, he ran in unopposed. Republican Joe Lhota’s campaign wasn’t poorly run as much as it wasn’t run at all. In the end the largest voting bloc was apathy. Voter turnout was at it’s lowest in a half-century.
The down-ballot effect was devastating for the GOP. In 2009 Republicans were able to win five city council seats; this year they held onto just three. In the city council race I managed, voter turnout was at a record low, down nearly 30 percent from where it was in 2001, the last time we elected a new mayor.
Wilhelm has already made his commitment to the far-left well known. Charter schools will be forced to pay rent, crisis pregnancy centers will be shutdown, and police will have more to fear from a career-ending lawsuit than criminals.
Crime, corruption, and decay have been the legacy of New York City Democrat mayors. This was the ungovernable city, broke and crime-ridden in the 1970s and 1980s. And for the first time in 20 years, it’s all back again.
Ironically, it’s neighborhoods like Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Harlem—former heavy-crime areas-turned-yuppie paradises—that are the future victims of our new Democrat mayor.
Hipsters walking around their bohemia who have no idea of the city that existed before them—they and their communities will be the first to suffer, the first to start reversing into decay. The decades of gentrification will result in a tribal backlash of native New Yorkers who view these yuppies and hipsters with disdain.
Surely a De Blasio administration will make people rethink that they should have voted for Anthony Weiner.