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Republicans Must Drop Ex-Paratrooper Into NYC Mayoral Race

Republicans Must Drop Ex-Paratrooper Into NYC Mayoral Race
Richard Donoghue (AP)

By Wednesday, 20 January 2021 10:02 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Richard Donoghue, the acting Deputy Attorney General in President Donald Trump's Department of Justice, ably served between Jan. 2018 and July 2020 as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

U.S. Attorney Donoghue's prominent convictions include Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and the ringleaders of the Nxivm sex-trafficking cult: Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman, Nancy Salzman and Allison Mack.

The EDNY comprises the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, and the contiguous eastern counties of Nassau and Suffolk.

Between 2000 and 2011, Donoghue, a graduate of St. John's Law School in Queens and Hofstra University in Nassau County, was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District, which currently is home to 8 million New Yorkers.

Between 1993 and 2000, he was on active duty as an attorney with the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps, during which he spent two years with the legendary 82ndAirborne Division.

During the last three years, under the incorrigibly incompetent Bill de Blasio, NYC's population has precipitously declined from 8,623,000 to 8,284,000, or a stupendous 339,000 loss.

If a Republican, in the mold of the great Fiorello La Guardia (1933-45) or Rudy Giuliani (1994-2001), is not elected in Nov. 2021, the city will continue its precipitous decline.

Incidentally, one of NYC's two airports is named for La Guardia, who served as a pilot, in the American Expeditionary Forces' nascent Air Service, in the Italian Theater during World War I. The great American was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1917, representing an East Harlem, Manhattan district, when he was granted a leave to join Gen. John J. Pershing's AEF.

Undoubtedly, if one of the more-than-two-dozen-announced, mediocre Democratic candidates, including NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams or former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, captures the mayoralty this year, the city's population loss will reprise the stupendous 800,000 loss, from 7.9 million to 7.1 million, between 1970 and 1980.

During the 1970s, the Bronx's population plunged by 303,000 residents (including my family), and Brooklyn's by 271,000, Their collective 574,000 decline accounted for 72% of the city's overall population loss.

A few days ago, Salena Zito wrote an opinion article in the New York Post that cites a poll of Democratic voters, conducted by the Public Policy firm, giving the popularity of the "leading" Democratic candidates.

The encouraging results are:

  • Andrew Yang, unsuccessful 2020 presidential candidate: 17%
  • Eric Adams: 16%
  • Maya Wiley: 7%
  • Christine Quinn and Scott Stringer: 6% each
  • Dianne Morales: 5%
  • Someone Else/Not Sure: 40%

Wiley was counsel to Mayor de Blasio between 2014 and 2016, and Morales served as the CEO of several NYC-based nonprofits.

However, Zito contradictorily claims, in "Poll Shows New Yorkers Want Their New Mayor to Fix NYC – Not Spout 'Wokeness,'" that "six months ahead of this year's Democratic primary – which will essentially decide who the next mayor will be – New Yorkers are again struggling."

But elsewhere in her opinion piece, Zito quotes a longtime NYC Democratic activist who is "not sure why a practical leader like Rudy Giuliani or Michael Bloomberg hasn't appeared yet."

She conveniently overlooked that these two mayors won election five consecutive times, between 1993 and 2009, on the Republican ticket.

Indeed, one significant voting result in Nov. 2020 signals the deep dissatisfaction among NYC voters, 68% of whom are registered Democrats.

Forty-year-old Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican in the New York State Assembly, handily defeated the one-term Democratic U.S. Congressman Max Rose, in a Staten Island-Brooklyn District, 58% to 42%.

In the 2017 mayoral election, Malliotakis was defeated by De Blasio, 760,000 to 317,000. When the votes for several candidates from minor parties are included, only 1,149,000 New Yorkers cast ballots in the last mayoral election, an extraordinarily anemic turnout in a city that three years later has 5.3 million registered voters.

When Rudy Giuliani was elected in Nov. 1993, he replaced the serially inept Democrat David Dinkins. Giuliani was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York between 1983 and 1989, appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan.

The SDNY is composed of Manhattan, Bronx, and six counties north of the city.

Under Mayor Giuliani's first-rate administration, the city's population soared from 7,323,000 in 1990 to 8,008,000 in 2000. This gain of 685,000 residents, restored 685,000 of the 800,000 loss during the 1970s, when the city was egregiously misgoverned by John "Limousine Liberal" Lindsay and Abe Beame.

Tragically, de Blasio's tenure between 2014 and 2021 can be characterized as Dinkins II and III, as the Brooklyn-based, hardcore leftist served in the dysfunctional Dinkins administration between 1990 and 1993.

During Dinkins' last year in 1993, there were 1,927 murders in NYC. During Giuliani's in 2001, there were 649.

In 2020, in de Blasio's anti-police NYC, 462 murders were committed, as compared to 319 in 2019.

Shootings skyrocketed last year to 1,531, as compared to 777 in 2019.

Between 1991 and 2001, I taught math at William Maxwell Vocational High School in East New York, Brooklyn, one of the city's highest crime neighborhoods. I witnessed this distressed neighborhood's remarkable rebirth during the Giuliani years, whom I voted for in 1993, in which he narrowly unseated Dinkins, 930,000 votes to 877,000.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard Donoghue should resign immediately after Joe Biden's inauguration, and launch his mayoral bid to "Make NYC Great Again."

Mark Schulte is a retired New York City schoolteacher and mathematician who has written extensively about science and the history of science. Read Mark Schulte's Report's — More Here.

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If a Republican, in the mold of the great Fiorello La Guardia (1933-45) or Rudy Giuliani (1994-2001), is not elected in Nov. 2021, the city will continue its precipitous decline.
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