Jedediah Bila promoted her new book, “Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative,” on The Mark Levin Show yesterday. That’s MY story! I did a suicide run for Manhattan Borough President in 2005, then moved to Texas in 2006.
I’m known–if I’m known at all–for solving the origin of New York City’s nickname “the Big Apple” and for my amazingly unsuccessful 20-year effort to honor the black man who’s responsible for that. I have not read Bila’s new book, but I don’t think I have to.
Jedediah Bila is author of the new book, OUTNUMBERED: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative, published in May of 2011. She is a conservative columnist and commentator who contributes to The Daily Caller, Human Events, and the Association of Mature American Citizens’ newsletter. She is a regular guest on Fox News and Fox Business, including such shows as Hannity, FOX & Friends, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, Varney & Co., America’s Nightly Scoreboard, The Willis Report, and the Tom Sullivan Show. She has also appeared on MSNBC and several radio shows, including The Lou Dobbs Show and The Laura Ingraham Show.
Good for her. She got everything that I never got and never will.
In 2005, not only did a run an unwinnable race (outnumbered by Democrats 7-1 for a seat no Republican has come close to winning in over half a century), but the humiliation given to me by the Bloomberg RINO Republicans (Bloomberg was a Republican at that time) was beyond belief. I was at the top of the ticket and the largest Republican donor that year–even more than Bloomberg. At two Manhattan Republican meetings, everyone was introduced but me–even people who weren’t at the meetings. My first fundraiser at the Manhattan Republican Club could never be announced because their computer was allegedly broken.
I was never able to speak to ANYONE on Bloomberg’s team, though I did take three assembly-line photos with the guy.
The New York Times announced my Democratic opponent’s platform, but wouldn’t even announce that I was running. I couldn’t get my name in the New York Daily News or the New York Post or any NYC television or radio station.
The 24-hour NYC cable news channel NY1 had my Democratic opponent on, but not me. When asked asked about his Republican opponent (we’d met several times), he lied and said that he didn’t know my name, just that I was a Republican. When I wrote to NY1 for basic fairness, no one would even reply.
My friends at work said they’d pitch “a little something” to help my campaign, but no one gave a dime.
My sister’s longtime friend–whose relative’s name is on a midtown Republican club–wouldn’t respond to her calls or emails.
The Association for a Better New York (responsible, in part, for the “Big Apple” promotion in the 1970s) wouldn’t even grace me with a response.
I gave a speech in 2005 at “Big Apple Corner,” announcing that I was officially on the ballot and, after the recent Hurricane Katrina, it was long overdue to honor the black New Orleans Fair Grounds stablehand who told the New York Morning Telegraph reporter about “the Big Apple.” I also announced that I would seak to cut NYC’s bloated budget, starting with the borough presidents offices. No one covered that. NY1’s “Road to City Hall” did an hour-long special with Al Sharpton.
The corrupt “Independence Party” was well funded by Bloomberg and its Manhattan Borough President candidate qualified for matching funds, most of which went to one individual consultant. My campaign didn’t come close to the lowet standard for matching funds, even from the pool of every Republican in Manhattan.
In 2009, another candidate ran on the platform of eliminating the useless Manhattan Borough President position and not taking a salary. (I also advocated this, but I said that I wouldn’t leave Manhattan at a disadvantage to other boroughs.) He lost by about the same margin that I did. He wondered why he received no press. I said join the club.
If you lived in Manhattan in 2009, you wouldn’t have had a single Republican to represent you at any level, from City Council, Borough President, Public Advocate, City Comptroller, Mayor, State Assembly, State Senate, State Comptroller, State Attorney General, Governor, U.S. Senators, and Vice President and President.
The then-head of the Manhattan Republicans–a Governor Pataki RINO crony–was convicted of failing to declare $200,000 of state income (Hudson River Trust) on his income taxes. He left his position shortly after 2005, but, as usual, he never did go to jail.
I quickly asked myself, what Republican party am I committing this suicide run for? They’re mostly RINOs.Why am I working so hard for people who don’t give a damn about a single Republican principle? And so I left NYC.
The current Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, is a union hack. When the transit workers had an illegal strike, he and others backed the transit workers. Now, when teachers are treatened with cuts in the budget crisis we all knew was coming, he’s standing up for the teachers’ outrageous contracts and unsustainable pensions.
A recent study showed that almost 40% of young people are looking to leave New York, and I’m not surprised.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the support of failed gay Democratic Manhattan Borough President candidate Brian Ellner and failed lesbian Democratic Manhattan Borough President candidate Margarita Lopez in an effort to win the LGBT vote. Both were rewarded with plum $170K jobs with great perks. Lopez is a well-known campaign finance cheat. Ellner–who never had a chance–received hundreds of thousands of public matching funds to essentially run against President George W. Bush. I was a Manhattan conservative, however, so no one would even talk to me!
Good luck to Jedediah Bila on the book tour. If I could afford it, maybe I would buy and read her book. (As some of you may know, I make $1 Google Adsense earnings a day and I’m very sick.)
I’m sure she’s lovely and has an interesting story to tell about being a Manhattan conservative.