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The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) has provided New Yorkers with a handy list of endorsements from their organization for the upcoming election in a 14-county region (see the full list below). The offices they cover are either county, state or federal elections—mostly for New York State Senate and Assembly, with a few congressional and other offices on the list. The JLCNY has not endorsed candidates at the local town board level, instead referring voters to their local landowner coalition for guidance.

It should be no surprise that every single JLCNY endorsement is for a Republican candidate. Folks, there’s no easy way to sugarcoat this (and with all due respect to MDN subscribers—and friends—who are Democrats): Democrats (not all, but most) like to take your money and limit your freedoms. It’s as plain and simple as that. For that reason, they should be defeated at every level and every opportunity—especially if you are pro-drilling.

Here’s the press statement that accompanied the list of endorsements:

The JLCNY today released the following endorsements for several important elections in landowner coalition member counties. For each race, the list shows an incumbent, the challenger and their party. This list of endorsements is based on input from coalition leaders and members; examination of the candidates’ records and positions on issues important to the JLC; and, an evaluation of who will best represent the interests that are vital to the JLC members and their communities.

Noting that each endorsed candidate has shown a commitment to landowner rights and is vital in moving their agenda forward (the JLCNY has not recommended a candidate in every race), JLCNY President Dan Fitzsimmons said, “Our endorsements signal the JLC’s strong belief that we should support those candidates who stand up for our rights in the face of tremendous pressure and misinformation.”

According to the JLC, this year, local elections at the county, city, town and village levels will be more important than ever, since those opposed to natural gas development are actively trying to place their candidates on local boards. “Electing pro gas candidates at the local level will be crucial while we wait for our courts to determine the extent of local and state control over natural gas development. Please contact your landowner coalition for information on local elections,” continued Fitzsimmons.

The JLCNY notes that voting is a personal decision based on each individual’s experience and interests, and points out that the list is meant to inform members of the candidates who support the issues important to landowners. The message to landowners from coalition leadership: however you make your decisions on the political candidates, we urge you to exercise your right to vote on November 6, 2012.*

*Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (Oct 30, 2012) – Joint Landowners Coalition of NY Release Political Endorsements – email received Oct 30, 2012

 

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