Sometimes you hear a statement on talk radio that make you want to speak up. On March 14, 2016, Broome County Democratic Chairman James Testani made just that kind of statement that demanded response. Chariman Testani was speaking on WNBF, and motivated the spontaneous call to the Bob Joseph Show.
The subject at hand was the overly generous praise lauded on Legislator Kim Myers and Jason Garnar. Legislator Myers made the decision to run for the NY-22 congressional seat after 3 months of consideration. Mr. Garnar just decided to run for Broome County Executive last week. In both cases, Chairman Testani forgot to mention a critical factor about both candidates – why they are running and what they hope to do if elected. Then again, the candidates apparently “forgot” to tell the public their reasons as well.
What Chairman Testani hopes the public will not bother to find out is that both Legislator Myers and Mr. Garnar have created webpages for their campaign that are dedicated to a singular purpose – taking donations from the Democrat faithful. Disseminating useful facts like why run, or how they will help constituents, are minor facts just left out of public knowledge. But just as Republicans George Phillips and Steve Wells were taken on for their lack of disclosure, the Democrats deserve the same equal admonishment. (It should be noted that the video on Mr. Garnar’s campaign website does give some indication of why he is running, though equally fails to address what he will do if elected just like Legislator Kim Myers.)
Here is the call, without edit, of what was said in response to Chairman Testani.
Ultimately the question facing the public is a simple one. Are candidates seeking elected office required to justify why they deserve support and/or donations – or is blind partisanship the only justification needed? What do you think?