CONEY ISLAND – In what promises to be a blood bath of a race, last Friday the 13th, Liam McCabe became one of many hopefuls looking to replace former Assemblymember, Pamela Harris.
McCabe re-launched his personal Facebook page with the title “Liam for New York,” hinting at a leap towards the abandoned 46thassembly seat Harris once held. Harris, who faces 11 federal indictments, resigned April 2 – three months after news broke of her corruption charges.
“Republicans need to win the seat in order to stop Democratic corruption,” said McCabe during a phone interview. While the former City Council candidate would not make an official announcement, McCabe did say he is interested in the seat and is filing a campaign committee within the next few days.
While the former City Council candidate would not make an official announcement, McCabe did say he is interested in the seat and is filing a campaign committee within the next few days.
“The seat is ripe for a Republican,” said McCabe. “The district voted for Nicole [Malliotakis] overwhelmingly and was one of the districts where Trump did well.”
But even with this those victories, a Republican nominee would have to flip a considerable amount of Democratic voters.
As of April 1, the district boasts 35, 617 active Democratic voters, more than 40 percent of active Republican voters, which total 14, 814.
The president of Brooklyn’s Republican Party, Ted Ghorra, did acknowledge McCabe is looking to run on the GOP ticket but said it’s a bit early in the process to confirm which candidate the political organization will support.
However, Ghorra did say the Republican Party is looking to field and stand strong with a hard-working candidate to take over the long-standing Democratic seat.
“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said Ghorra quoting a British historian in what he referred to as New York politics and the simultaneous stronghold and corruption issues plaguing the Democratic Party..
The last two Democratic Party members to hold the seat, Harris and Alec Brook-Krasny, both faced indictments, albeit not while serving office.
“It’s time for a change,” added Ghorra.
A day ago, McCabe used a similar hashtag, #TimeForChange after a month-long Twitter hiatus. In a 44-character tweet, McCabe called out New York city and state administrations for what he considers Southern Brooklyn’s failing quality of life – the same platform he ran on during his unsuccessful run for City Council.
“Am I the only one that sees our quality of life slipping away in a #SouthernBrooklyn? Shootings, garbage filling the pot holed streets & an opioid epidemic killing our kids. City Hall & Albany seem more interested in political fixes then fixing problems. #TimeForChange.”
Should he decide to officially announce, McCabe will likely face Steve Saperstein, who has opened a campaign committee, in a Sept. 13 primary.