October 29, 2008

Another Political Endorsement...MICA For Joel Miller

Yet another political endorsement by a group on campus. MICA (Moderate, Independent, Conservative Alliance), who endorsed John McCain earlier this month, has just issued the following statement endorsing Joel Miller for State Assemblyman. Miller is running for reelection to represent the 102nd district in New York State's Assembly.

On Monday, October 28nd members of Vassar's Moderate Independent and Conservative Alliance (MICA) voted to endorse Assemblyman Joel Miller (R) in his campaign for reelection. Assemblyman Miller's moderate record were cited, along with his commitment to placing the issues facing the 102nd district first amidst Albany's city centered politics. Specifically mentioned were his record of helping to deliver judicious tax relief, his efforts to encourage students who study in New York state to stay after graduation, as well as his work to improve healthcare and fight waste in the government programs that provide it. Additionally, the group felt it was particularly important to prevent a single party from controlling both the legislature and executive branches of the Empire State's government. Finally, the students expressed the utmost desire that Assemblyman Miller work to strengthen the constructive relationship between Vassar College, Dutchess county's fourth largest employer, and the wider Hudson Valley community."

MICA meets on Mondays at 9 p.m. in Joss Parlor


Laura said...

As the only liberal at that meeting (boyfriend is president of MICA), I should probably be the one to point out that this guy doesn't really sound that bad. He really is moderate from what I hear. (The woman representing him at the meeting had to keep defending him saying "No, really, he really is a Republican," because he sure didn't sound like it. I mean, he voted "Yes" for gay marriage for goodness' sake). Apparently he is mainly financially conservative. Personally, I care more about social issues than financial ones, so that's fine with me. I don't vote in Poughkeepsie anyway, but I just thought people should know that stuff.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up, Laura.

I hope I'm not the only one who's puzzled when someone (or a group) advocates a member of one out of the two major parties partially because it will prevent a stronghold on the political process by one side of the aisle. If you don't want to see the executive and legislative branches controlled by one party (which happens pretty regularly if you consider state governments), you should be advocating a multi-party system and not just rooting for an oppositional party candidate in the name of diversity. I'm from Massachusetts, which did not have a single non-Democrat on the ballot this year who wasn't a presidential candidate. I don't think the solution to this ridiculous circumstance is more Republicans - I think we should stand for a political system in this country that doesn't lump one's spectrum of belief into one of two fairly similar categories.

This is not at all to attack MICA. I just think it's a perspective that's been lacking in a lot of political discourse.

Anonymous said...

"personally, i care more about social issues than financial ones, so that's fine with me".

uh, if you happen to have the luxury of being financially well-off enough to completely separate "social" and "financial" issues from one another, then i'm sure that is a very easy statement to make. However, for many people these two seemingly "separate categories" are inextricably linked, and/or financial issues are so pressing that "social" issues are put on the back burner, so to speak.

after all, first comes bread, then comes morality.

basically, your dismissive disregard for financial issues demonstrates your own privilege, but not everyone can afford to just "not really care" about financial issues.

also, i don't mean this as a personal attack... this is a fairly common issue, especially on this campus i think.

Anonymous said...

Joel Miller is not as "ok" as Laura is telling you. He's against reform, wants to keep government just the way it is because that keeps him in power, and he's a bully.

Jonathan Smith on the other hand has been endorsed by reform groups such as Citizen Action. New York needs reformers to clean up Albany.