During a comment period concerning the over-ride of County Executive Day’s veto of the proposed changes to the Rockland County Charter, Legislator Sparaco meandered off into a diversionary diatribe against Republicans and Bloggers accusing Republicans of competing to see who hated Hasidics more and accusing bloggers of intimidating elected officials.
Here are his comments followed by those of a Jewish Republican and a Blogger.
This vote has nothing to do with Term Limits. To spend two years, or over a year, coming up with charter changes working in a bipartisan fashion and you throw it away because some blogger that lives in his mom’s attic is intimidating elected officials these days is disgusting and cowards to those who worked on this project and then decided to yield to some blogger that is telling them how to vote.
(Four legislators voted not to over-ride the County Executive’s veto. These were Republicans Carey, Murphy, Jobson and Democrat Meyers).
Nobody tells me how to vote. Nobody across the hall (referring to County Executive, Ed Day); nobody in here. I vote for my constituents and what is best for them and my constituents are intelligent, educated people that if they want to go vote they can go vote and make their own minds up for charter changes. If they like them they will vote for them – if they don’t they will vote against them. This is absurd to try to intimidate.
I have been a Republican my whole life. Now we are going through this wave in Rockland County where we are redefining what a Republican is. A Republican is determined on whether or not you support Term Limits? When did that become an issue? When did that become something that makes you a Republican?
Who hates the Hasidics more? You know that determines how good a Republican you are!
This is crazy! It’s not why I am a Republican. No blogger is going to tell me why I’m a Republican. I stand for a strong National Defense. There’s things – principles – that I stand for while I’m a Republican. It’s got nothing to do with Two-hat laws or Term limits, or intimidation or some local nonsense. Nobody is going to tell me how to vote. I vote ‘Yes’ tonight (to over-ride County Executive Day’s Veto).
Legislator Sparaco was followed by a speech supporting both Term Limits and the Two-hat Rule by the Republican Candidate this November to re-take Ed Day’s former seat. Appalled by Sparaco’s remark about Republicans hating Hasidics Hofstein concluded his remarks by saying:
I would like to say one thing (to Legislator Sparaco), I am a Republican, I am of the Jewish faith and I don’t hate anyone!
The author of this article, speaking as a blogger, then addressed Legislator Sparaco as follows …..
Chairman Wolfe and Members of the Legislature, my name is Michael Hull and I live in Clarkstown. I am probably one of the bloggers who has caused Mr. Sparaco to blow a fuse this evening.
Mr. Sparaco, there is a certain right that we have in the United States – it is called Freedom of Speech. You may not like what I say but I will continue to exercise my right to say it. The rights that we have in this country are protected as they relate to freedom of speech. That right is what this nation was founded upon – freedom of speech by the citizenry.
You know what they say, Mr. Sparaco, “Ignorance is only temporary but stupidity is permanent”.