I wanted to vote for Andrew Gournardes, but I couldn’t. I think young people running for office is great. But Gournardes hasn’t done enough in this area to show that he is vested in the area like we are. I researched him at the beginning of the summer. I contacted the head of the Democratic group that was endorsing Gournardes. I urged the Democratic president to encourage Andrew to get involved in the schools. When I checked back in September, Gournardes had a website which didn’t say anything about what he had done. Rather, the website attacked Marty Golden. Candidates sites are supposed to highlight their accomplishments. I was so annoyed, I wrote this post on my site. Now I haven’t liked everything Golden has done, but he is effective in our area and his office is very responsive to residents here.
I hope we will see Gournardes again in the future, but this time he will come back with a list of things he has done to make this area better. What can he do to win next time?
- Gournardes is a law school graduate – he can write grants for schools and local groups.
- Gournardes can stop the hate towards Golden and concentrate on himself. He can also ask people in his party (which is also my party) to avoid creating Fake Marty Golden accounts and making websites thinking they are exposing Marty for something. Run a fair campaign – if you are a winner, you don’t need to rely on cheap tactics. Smear campaigns make people suspicious and your campaign manager was smearing on social media.
- Gournardes had citizens write letters in his favor (which is a good thing), but then he didn’t pay for postage on these letters and they were left all over our neighborhood by someone. Since it was windy, they flew all over the place. (THE ENVELOPES HAD OUR NAMES ON THEM) and my neighbors were not happy. Someone on my block who had a sign up for you took it down because he had a no soliciting sign up it was ignored by your distributors.
- Gournardes can become more than the typical politician who is shaking hands with people outside the train station as they go to work. That type of politician isn’t needed around here. Michael Grimm does that too and he was voted out as well. More chat takes place between neighbors and in our local establishments. I don’t want to hear that you knocked on people’s doors, I want to hear what doors you have opened for residents here. If you are someone who gets things done – show us that. If we call or e-mail Marty’s office, someone responds. People should know you enough that you don’t need to knock on doors.
- Don’t rely on Vinny Gentile to predict the race – I love (LOVE) Vinny, but he’s not good at predicting (I am). I wrote this post before the polls closed. I could have written it months ago. Also, did you realize Gentile didn’t send out a recorded message for you? I got two messages from Vinny endorsing a candidate in another position. Didn’t you set aside money to let well-known politicians encourage the public?
- When it’s time to concede, you have to do it and be a gentleman. Know when to hold them – know when to fold them. Whoever advised you against conceding shouldn’t be on your team next time.
Recently, someone wrote to me and said that this position you were running for wasn’t very important. That person obviously doesn’t understand the position. It could possibly be one of the most important elections for us as we really depend on our local representatives. Most people here knew that Obama was going to win, but they went out to stand on a line and vote to help decide this election.