Greg Johnson, a Marcy town councilman, said he’s running to represent the values of the people in this region and to create an environment for better job growth.OK. This guy looks good on paper. . . . But it's easy to say that NYS is bankrupt and the legislature is dysfunctional. "Common sense" is certainly needed . . . It is a commodity in short supply in Albany.
“New York state is bankrupt and the legislature is dysfunctional,” he said. “Somebody has to go in there and take a look at that and make hard decisions.”
What skills would he bring to the desired seat?
“Common sense,” he said. “That’s about all you need.” . . .
But one needs more than "common sense" to solve our self-inflicted problems, and thinking "that's about all you need" is not a good sign.
Johnson plans to make his official announcement 4 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Stanwix Tea Party event in RomeDoes Mr. Johnson really understand the Tea Party movement? Or is he just co-opting it for political gain? He will be in for a rude awakening if it is the latter.
The last Republican endorsed candidate turned out to be a fake candidate or a sacrificial lamb.
Hopefully that does not happen again.
The only thing that would be worse is if he is an "insider" beholden to our policy-bankrupt Oneida County elite.
Tea Party people are fed up with party labels and business as usual. Issues, hopefully, are what campaigns are going to come down to.
If Mr. Johnson really wants to help this area, he will make himself thoroughly familiar with the issues. He will not accept what party bosses tell him, but make up his own mind after first seeking out and weighing facts on all sides of an issue . . . and he will be able to defend his positions in a logical manner with respect for opposing viewpoints . . . and he will be willing to change positions when shown to be wrong (no one expects perfection, and a bit of humility would be a welcome change).
Time will tell if Mr. Johnson is the "real deal" . . . an "insider" . . . or just another fake candidate.