© 2024 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Commentary: Reynolds Campaign Pushed False Green Party Candidate

By Craig Taylor

Buffalo, NY – During late summer, I had the distinct pleasure tobecome actively involved in local the political process. Apparently, Congressman Reynolds and associated young Republicans attempted to warp the political process by submitting an independent candidate petition for the 26th District for a false Green Party Candidate, Christine Murphy.

In NYS the independent petition process exists to allow for the inclusion of minor-party and party-independent candidates in general elections. In the case of minor parties the individual must receive party approval to use the party name on the petitions.

The Green Party of Genesee County challenged Ms. Murphy's petition, successfully following NYS BOE regulations, because she is not and has never been a registered Green. Permission for any candidate to use the Green Party name in the 26th CD was never requested or given. Ms. Murphy never contacted the chairs of the NYS Green Party or any of the other local Green Party chairs residing in the 26th District.

Additionally, during the objection process it was found that the witnesses on Ms. Murphy's petitions were not even associated with registered Greens but registered Republicans.

Apparently, Congressmen Reynolds and his GOP operatives were attempting to warp the political process by proffering a dishonest petition to create a false Green candidate who would presumably launch extremely negative attacks on their Democratic opponent. This would serve the GOP in three ways: tarnish the Green Party, offer another venue to cast negative attacks at the Democratic candidate, and provide the appearances that the GOP and Reynolds are above the fray.

This type of activity is characteristic of fundamentally dishonest people who want nothing more to hold onto power and who will use any means to keep power.

In the United States of America I know, power to govern is derived from the people, not from a cadre of economic royalists, such as Congressman Reynolds, who flippantly claim that $100,000 contributions are a drop in the bucket and who fail to take appropriate action to protect congressional pages and consciously use children as human shields to deflect potentially difficult questions.

Mr. Reynolds' claim that informing his supervisor was a sufficient response is a demonstration of failed leadership, especially when we learn that he demanded and received a $100,000 contribution from Mr. Foley after the fact. I thought a Representative is support to report to the people he represents not to other members of his party?

As I understand it, teachers, doctors, nurses and other health care workers are required by law to protect children at the merest hint of inappropriate contact. Apparently, members of Congress are held to a lower standard. How can we expect Tom Reynolds and the GOP to make the right decisions to protect the US against terrorism if they can't even make the right decisions to protect children and congressional pages?

The voters in the 26th congressional district of New York deserve and should demand better representation than what Mr. Reynolds and the GOP have and can provide.

Listener-Commentator Craig Taylor is a founder of the Green Party of Genesee County and a member of Green Party State Committee. Tomorrow, Elise Cusack, a supporter of Congressman Reynolds, offers her viewpoint.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear the commentary now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.