Dr. Kevin M. Backus
In our lives together (politics) there are liberals and conservatives. Not all conservatives, however, are the same. Often a distinction is made between fiscal conservatives and social conservatives. All conservatives say that they are committed to small government and a conservative approach to finances. But some subscribe to the notion – that this can be achieved without a commitment to conservative moral values.
The Conservative Party exists because we do not believe that to be true. To those who say that Conservatives should set social issues aside and stress only economic issues, I would suggest that is an impossible position!
Economic issues, of course, are urgent in New York State. Economic problems are urgent, but social problems remain urgent in a way that blurs the distinction between social and economic issues. Rep. Pence of Indiana recently noted that “you would not be able to print enough money in a thousand years to pay for the government you would need if the traditional
family continues to collapse.”
Our Party is committed to social and fiscally conservative policies. That is a unique position in modern day politics.
We hope you’ll find this website to be an helpful introduction and a useful means to stay up with key issues in both arenas and we encourage you to become involved.
Dr. Kevin M. Backus,
Grand Island Conservative Party
The New York State Conservative Party has reclaimed the third line on the ballot and can once again proudly proclaim “Vote row C for Conservative!” This feat was accomplished by garnering 232,264 Conservative votes in the Gubernatorial election, well ahead of other minor party totals. The Working Families Party will move to the fourth line, row D and the Independence Party will slip down the ballot to row E.
The Conservatives made their greatest gains in upstate New York, drawing many votes away from the Independence Party line. The New York State Conservative Party was founded in 1962 to balance the continual lean to the left by both the Democrat and Republican parties and to promote sound Conservative values.
Erie County Conservative Party chairman Ralph Lorigo has become a Conservative Party candidate for governor of New York, and visited a meeting of the Grand Island Conservative Party recently to lay out the differences between himself and Rick Lazio, his opponent in the Sept. 14 primary election.
Lorigo says the election is about more than deciding the Conservative nominee in the general election; it is about the basic principles of the Conservative Party and its existence as a major party in New York State politics.
“The current state Conservative Party leadership has betrayed rank and file Conservative Party members by nominating an unabashed supporter of abortion who would take away our guns and make us pay for his fat Wall
Street bonus with our tax dollars – that is Rick Lazio,” Lorigo said. “Bill Buckley would be rolling over in his grave.”
“The Conservative Party was formed to push the New York Republican
Party of Nelson Rockefeller, Jacob Javits, and John Lindsay to the right. Now the New York Republican Party is pushing the Conservative Party to the left. Rick Lazio is not one of us and does not share our Conservative values.
“Per New York State election law, in order to qualify for an automatic ballot line, a party must win 50,000 votes in the gubernatorial election every four years. “Rick Lazio cannot defeat Andrew Cuomo and will not win 50,000 votes on the Conservative Party line because there is no good reason for Conservative voters to vote for him,” says Lorigo.
Lorigo is a life-long Conservative Party member, an attorney, and resident of West Seneca.