Nicholas Goldberg: Why I’m voting against Rick Caruso. (It’s not because of his positions on the issues.)
Rick Caruso: Well, Nicholas, I am a Republican. I voted for John McCain, I voted for George W. Bush. I have supported almost every party stand position and position in this Congress.
But I’m not a supporter of the current occupant of the White House. He’s not my choice for president, and I am disappointed in him as a person.
What I’m going to get is that it’s not about me. It’s not about the people I represent. It’s not about me and, frankly, it’s not about my district. It does not represent the people of Staten Island. I think it’s a really bad thing that we are going to be represented by an individual who is so unqualified in the eyes of most citizens of this country. I think the only thing that will come from this is bitterness and anger.
My district is working-class. It is overwhelmingly middle class, and it is just as overwhelmingly middle class, and the fact that we’re going to be represented by an individual with so many flaws is just really discouraging to me.
It means I’m not going to get anything out of this. If you’re going to be representing me, you need to be representing me on a personal and a professional level.
But you cannot win an election by demonizing the opposing party. You have to do it in a way that is respectful of your opponent. Otherwise, what we’re going to learn is that the person on the other side does have a chance to win.
So, I’m going to vote for Rick Caruso. I’m going to vote for anyone that makes it to the end of this process. I’m going to vote for a person that can do the job that we need him to do.
But even if the other two people in this race are that good, that would mean that we would have wasted six months of time. And with the amount of work that has to be done and the amount of things that have to be done in a year, we don’t want to have to waste any more time.
So, let’s get this done, let’s get this guy out of office, and let’s get the country back on the right path.