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Credico For Governor Saturday, September 6, 2014

Credico For Governor

Randy Credico

On the first day of the meetings held by Barack Obama to instigate so-called health care reform, the president assured us that "single--payer is off the table."

This meant there'd be no true reform. It meant that the insurance, pharmaceutical and medical cartels had eliminated any immediate possibility that the United States would adopt the civilized and sane approach that delivers health care all over the world in a  fairer  and more effective fashion than in our country. It meant that life and death decisions about care would still too often be made in corporate skyscrapers devoid of even one person wearing a stethoscope. And what it really meant to me was that once again my views would not be given any sort of hearing. They were wiped from the table like greasy residue much more reminiscent of the fingerprints of politicians and their corporate masters than the reasonable aspirations of an informed citizen.

So I'm  done with the either/or choices provided by the two-party system because really, it offers no choice at all. The only thing this system offers someone like me is an occasional chance to stand behind a Quixotic candidate who enters a race to seize a few rays of the spotlight to illuminate crucial issues that have been wiped off the table by politicians because of what they received under the table.

Over more than four decades as a political activist, I have learned one unyielding truth: never trust anyone who wants to be in charge.

On Tuesday, September 9, there is a Democratic Primary in New York State. I am not a registered Democrat  because I hold anything dear about a party that has produced the likes of Bill Clinton, the father of modern day D acquiescence to the corporate agenda or the disappointment that has been Barack Obama or a weasel like Chuck Schumer. I'm a registered donkey because my affiliation threatens the entrenched tangle of upstate Republican reactionaries who have done NOTHING for this overlooked and crumbling part of New York. Nothing that is, unless you think an economy should be built on Walmart superstores and dozens of "correctional facilities."

The choice in the Dem primary for governor offers us incumbent Andrew Cuomo, a man who is in charge and will do anything to stay in charge, newcomer (carpetbagger) Zephyr Teachout who desperately wants to be in charge, and Randy Credico, who doesn't want to be in charge. He just wants justice and he wants the advocates of justice to have a place at the table.

Cuomo has refused to debate anyone. Teachout connived to keep Credico out of a debate in which she basically was unchallenged except for a Cuomo proxy who spouted a few platitudes and then got back to his busy business receiving and delivering bags.

Teachout is opposed to fracking, as is Credico. Cuomo straddles the fence on an issue that threatens upstate's greatest resource: water.

But Teachout says little or nothing about the only viable mass transit that's been developed between upstate and downstate over the past 40 years-- the railroad that employs heinously unjust drug laws to move (mostly) people of color from New York City to upstate penitentiaries.

Credico has fought the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws and spearheaded the movement that has at least mitigated their lethally unjust enforcement. He has fought the racist stop and frisk policies of the NYPD. He has stood up again and again to the point where he has provoked the militarized NYPD to martial his voice off the street and into the squalid jails of our nation's largest city.

While Teachout, a recent emigre from Vermont,  vaguely condemns the corporate agenda, only Credico addresses economic reality by detailing how corporations, and particularly Wall Street, must stop robbing our society  by sneaking purloined bounty through tax loopholes provided by the exact same kind of government that brought us 300 million-payer healthcare reform. Credico knows genuine reform doesn't involve rearranging boondoggles.

Each time Teachout meets Credico, she corners him, not to assure him that she has been inspired by his 30 years of work to make New York a more just state, not to seek his advice on anything, but to implore him to get out of the race because Credico stands between her and her pipe dream that she will somehow win on Tuesday. And then win in November and end up in charge. So I don't trust her.

Randy knows neither of them has a chance to beat the incumbent. He doesn't stay in the race because he wants to stay in charge. Randy stays in the race because he wants justice and he wants all of us to have a voice in this society. For keeping my voice at the table, I will vote for Randy Credico on Tuesday. I hope a surprising number of New Yorkers do the same.