Earlier this week Rockland Voice reported that County Legislator Frank Sparaco had offered his Independence Party line to Democratic Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski for the latter’s re-election bid in November but Zebrowski had summarily rebuffed him.
Now Sparaco, who described himself as the “Poster Boy” of the Republicans when he resigned from the Republican Party’s Leadership Committee last week, will apparently be rebuffed again by Republican candidate for the County Legislature, Lon Hofstein who is running with Ed Day’s support for Day’s former seat in the County Legislature.
Hofstein announced this morning that he will not seek and would not entertain any offer to interview for the Independence Party’s endorsement in the upcoming November 2014 election.
Hofstein stated: “On several occasions I have been approached by numerous people hoping to convince me it was in my best interest to seek the Independence Party’s endorsement. I understand the importance of being listed on the various party lines to a candidate’s successful election and I do value the support of every voter. However, I must evaluate the message that would be sent by my affiliation with certain members of the Independence Party’s present organization”.
Hofstein indicated to Rockland Voice he made his decision to announce this position in order to dispel any expectation in advance that he would entertain an Independence Party nomination. Hofstein said he wanted to make this decision clear prior to any potential approach by a member of the Independence Party for him to come to a candidate interview.
Hofstein who is a Republican mentioned that another candidate for elected office, Democratic Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, had made the same decision with respect to a possible Independence Party endorsement. This principled decision supports his own personal decision not to represent the Independence Party under its present organization.
Hofstein added: “I do not mean any disrespect to individual voters who are registered as Independence Party members and it is my intention to meet them and ask for their support on an individual basis while I am out on the campaign trail”.
Hofstein’s action now creates an interesting dilemma for his Democratic opponent Attorney Barry Kantrowitz who was appointed by the Democratic majority in the Legislature to fill Republican Ed Day’s former seat until the November 2014 election.
Presumably, the Independence Party through Frank Sparaco will approach Kantrowitz to see if he will take its nomination. Sparaco was reportedly asked to face a disloyalty hearing by the Republican Party for his recent support of Kantrowitz which forced Sparaco’s resignation from the Republicans’ Senior leadership committee.
This cliff-hanger decision to be made by Kantrowitz will be awaited with much interest given the Independence Party’s loss of Zebrowski, Lowey and now Hofstein from the top of their November batting order and the description of the Independence Party in New York as “corrupt” by several leading Democrats and as a “legal racket” by Phil Reisman of the Journal News.