On October 2, 2012, I filed paperwork with the Ulster County Board of Elections changing my enrollment from Republican to Conservative. By law, this will not take effect until the week after this year's November election.
Though I would be permitted to retain my Republican committee position until the
enrollment change is official, I also know from experience that insisting
upon maintaining my position would cause a significant and unnecessary
distraction for the committee. We are just over 30 days away from an important election
and the focus of the party must be on the election. Therefore,
effective immediately, I resigned my position as County and City
This was a very difficult decision for me. I have served on the
Republican committee for the better part of 20 years. My Dad served
nearly 55 years. His father before him served many years as well.
Between the 3 of us, we have provided almost 100 years of service to
this party. Nevertheless, I believe this decision is necessary and the
right thing for me at this time.
As for my reasons for changing enrollment, I have chosen to keep them to
myself. Discussing them publicly would serve only as a distraction and
would require discussion of internal party business. I still have many
friends in the city and county committees. Having worked with them
side by side for so many years toward a common goal, I have no intention
of publicly attacking the Republican Committee for the county and/or
city. To do so would dishonor the fine work we have done together. I will continue to be involved with local politics albeit with the