Posted on August 15, 2014 at 3:11 pm by Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau in 2014, 2014 Assembly races
New ballot lines appear to be all the rage this year: Gov. Andrew Cuomo helped launch a new Womens Equality Party while his GOP opponent Bob Astorino is looking for extra help from an anti Common Core line.
Now, disability rights crusader, one-time state Senate candidate and persistent Cuomo critic Michael Carey is launching a Life and Justice Party line he wants to use for his own gubernatorial run.
The Life part focuses on Carey’s anti-abortion stand, in contrast with Cuomo, who has pushed for a women’s equality plank that includes an affirmation of abortion rights. The Justice part encompasses Carey’s contention that cases in which disabled people are abused should be forwarded to law enforcement rather than the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Cuomo a few years ago created the Justice Center as a clearinghouse and enforcement mechanism to protect vulnerable, disabled New Yorkers.
Carey figures he’s got close to 12,000 signatures — still a bit short of the 15,000 he’ll need but said he’s optimistic. Joining Carey on the nascent Life and Justice line is 108th Assembly district candidate Carl Gottstein, who says he has the R and C lines.
Basically, it appears that Carey is appealing to pro-lifers as well as those who are upset at stories or instances in which disabled people suffer abuse.
Here’s what he said in a release about the new line he’s trying to create:
We are calling upon all politicians also involved, no matters what political party affiliation, to turn from these ways as well that have helped lead us into moral decline in New York State more than ever before.
We believe God wants to turn our State around, but we must STOP the shedding of innocent blood and protect our innocent unborn and most vulnerable amongst us.