A few weeks back we reported on Noam Bramson’s campaign for Westchester County county executive. Bramson is currently the mayor of New Rochelle (where I grew up), and was running to unseat the incumbent Republican Rob Astorino. Instead of sticking to issues like taxes and economic development, he Bramson campaign decided that the best way to win the election would be to demonize gun owners through a series of television ads (such as the one above, still hosted on Bramson’s YouTube channel) and imply that his opponent was an uncaring and heartless bastard for allowing law abiding citizens to legally purchase firearms through dealers who require background checks. From the New York Times . . .
With 56 percent of the precincts reporting, the Republican incumbent in Westchester, Rob Astorino, was leading his Democratic challenger, Noam Bramson, by 53,136 votes, or 54.9 percent, to 43,670 votes, or 45.1 percent. Mr. Bramson conceded defeat at 10:30.
In other words, it was a pretty sound trouncing.
It’s a sign of hope in an otherwise hopeless state. New York – and Westchester county in particular – is a Democratic stronghold. It’s the land where the NY SAFE Act passed after the state legislators weren’t even given time to read the law, let alone understand it and accept feedback from the people they represent. And it’s a place that rivals California for its nanny-state laws. But when a politician starts demonizing law abiding gun owners, those gun owners take note and vote for the other guy.
This election was Noam’s to win. He had the edge coming into the election, especially with the current animosity against incumbent office holders in the United States. But when he decided to make his campaign one of hate against law abiding gun owners, that’s when he lost. And I say good riddance.