“YOU ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT” were the words that Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell said to me in front of four other people after we finished our debate on MNN. He is a PUBLIC OFFICIAL and this is how he addressed me. I am his challenger for the NYS Assembly 69.   I do not play the woman card - but yes I am a woman too in the #metoo era and he screams at me like this: “You are an embarrassment”. For an elected official these words are unacceptable. If a Republican official said these words to a Democrat woman candidate – all hell would break lose!

Here is the outrageous part - Danny sat there describing himself as a FEMINIST! So much for respecting a woman and her opinions!

Maybe he thinks I am an Embarrassment because I am anti-his definition of Feminism.

I am for women who are Fearless, follow their dreams, have Faith in God and in themselves and Fight for what they want and deserve. He is not a FEMINIST because his definition of the word means that women must believe as he does on issues such as access to abortions, marijuana and Socialist. And here I thought the definition was that every woman has a right to respect and promote all women and their opinions!

Maybe he thinks I am an Embarrassment because I am a woman these days who dares to be anti-abortion, anti-marijuana, anti-sanctuary state, and anti-SOCIALISM.

And Danny wants “equal opportunities”- like socialism promoted “equality” for everyone. He wants a great America – let us review his bills from his 16 years on taxpayers money as an Assemblyman and see how his vision of a great America is in fact a vision of transforming America into a Socialist America!

Socialism as I lived it has a few clear trademarks:

1. Control movement of people. During my childhood you couldn’t travel and leave the country and all Eastern bloc people lived with travel restrictions. Remember the Berlin Wall? 

Now Danny proposes Bill A05024 ( which says that state employees who travel on government business to the 21 states that have religious freedom laws will not get their travel expenses reimbursed.  This bill is so short sighted that if is enacted it will apply to emergency employees who are sent to states that have been hit by a national disaster such as Alabama and Florida who have just been devastated by hurricane Michael!  This law puts one group’s beliefs above another group’s beliefs and it is a small step towards controlling movement and religious persecution.

2. Controls movement of money. In socialist Romania you could not have foreign currency, the government controlled the flow of money, wages, exchange rates and pensions. Bill A09015 ( and A10039 (  starts with controlling pensions - supported by him limit where NYS Pension funds can invest, restricting the funds from investing in private prisons and gun manufacturing companies. Pension funds have a fiduciary responsibility to deliver returns to cover the obligations to our current and future retirees. His goal is to force these companies out of business! Maybe remind Danny that police forces and our Armed Forces buy the guns from these very companies as well. This is not how the pension plans should invest- based on political correctness tantrums and not financial goals in order to deliver profits and be able to meet pension’s obligations.


3. Control people by making them dependent on government for their health-care. In socialism if you are sick you stand in line. There are plenty of movies and stories around that shows how bad the socialist medical systems is. Watch the Death of Mr. Lazarescu. Or ask the Canadians who cross the border to take an MRI here in the United States versus waiting four weeks in Canada to get an appointment. The Bill - NY Healthcare Bill A4738 ( single payer Bill is exactly this - the socialist healthcare system resuscitated. 


My mother is the example of single payer health systems; she paid 40% of her salary throughout her life to support such a system. In 2008 she got sick with breast-cancer under this system she was supposed to wait months to get a CT scan. The inefficiency of the single payer system is proven all over the world.

Given how poorly the government runs the MTA and NYCHA, what kind of job you think the government will do in healthcare system. Healthcare is complex and we will risk the health of millions of people. Hospitals will become killing factories under the socialist single payer bill promoted by Danny. And did I mention it would cost us $160 billion.

4. Controls people by making them dependent on the state for their jobs and income. In socialist countries people depended on the state for everything. Job, food, homes - looks a lot like WELFARE no? We cannot deny socialism is on the rise with our ever-expanding welfare state. The only difference in communism you didn’t have the opportunity to stop it.

5. Promoting fear. The secret service in socialist block were famous for their fear tactics during the Cold War. Today in the United States mobs in the streets and the trolls on the Internet who are deploying the same tactics. Also turning our New York State into a Sanctuary state bill A07430 ( where gangs like MS13 will take control, establish turfs and rule by fear because Danny O’Donnell’s bill limits the cooperation between our federal and local law enforcement agencies.

6. Rejects religion. When you put the LGBT rights above religious rights you are saying that religious peoples’ beliefs and customs should be ignored. Putting one group above another will only lead to divisiveness and anger. We need to find a balance and respect everyone’s rights in beliefs.Divisive laws that target and punish based on one’s side agenda is not helping. Saying that the LGBT rights are more important than someone’s religious rights is in fact the rejection of religion and religious persecution. The first thing Socialism does is shut down religion- and it is exactly what Democrats push for now!

7. The price for free education will be your freedom of speech. In socialism we had free education and the best schools were heavy on math and science. Arts and creativity were not promoted by socialism and freethinking was prohibited. Criticize or object and you were in jail. You think you get a free education but it is not free because the price you pay is your freedom of speech. I have been in both systems. I saw how a public socialist system brainwashes and controls you and you have no freedom of speech.

I know coming out of school with huge debt is awful - I have been there! I know our young graduates lose Hope and are scared and this makes them think maybe a free education is better. They Fall prey to think that Socialism is the way. Socialism is not the Solution - no Socialism is the dead end!

It breaks my heart to see people say Socialism is good. The Cold War ended 29 years ago, not centuries ago. How could we forget the vast devastation socialism caused in the Eastern Europe? It’s scary and sad. Scary - because people do not know the evil they ask for. Sad - as after all the pain Socials caused people all over the world. People think Socialism is the solution in the US. Trotsky is laughing in his grave! He predicted that the United States would be destroyed from within.I will fight every second of my life to make sure Socialism does not win! I want to make sure no one in the US suffers under Socialism. I’ll fight to stop the Democrats from turning the United States of America into a Socialist America! Look what it is happening in Venezuela and how fast that country was destroyed. I fight because I know this evil and I know Socialism is the kiss of death! 

Danny thinks that because I do not fit in his progressive mold of promoting abortion, marijuana and socialism - I am an Embarrassment. If so is a badge of honor. 

Danny should be embarrassed for killing unborn children, for destroying the future of America and working so hard to turn America into a Socialist country! Democrats are on the mission to destroy America with Socialism. Under the banner of Feminism Danny is in fact a clear bully. Under the idea of Independence when in fact he are sold to the Socialist Agenda and he is fighting to turn America into Socialist America! I will not let you! 

I do not take donations but my opponent does. Your donation to me is STOPING Socialism on November 6th! Spread the word, vote and do not allow the DEMOCRATIC- SOCIALIST Party Make America Socialist!  


Debate video link-

My special thanks and credit for the research on bills part of this article to Michael Zumbluskas- Public Advocate Candidate

Posted on 22 Oct 2018, 14:42 - Category: 2018 Election

 Vandalism of Manhattan Republican Headquarters

October 12, 2018

"The actions taken against our historic headquarters last evening by the far left are egregious. As Americans, we are better than this. This is America, and the fact that the left is trying to undermine the democratic process by instilling fear in our political leaders and candidates is wrong.


Even more concerning is that this is an attack not just on Republicans, but on the neighborhood. The Metropolitan Republican Club is a neighborhood institution. It was built in 1930 and has been a meeting place and campaign headquarters for virtually every Manhattan Republican elected since Teddy Roosevelt. We need to keep our neighborhoods safe above everything else. Never before have we seen such cowardly behavior that shows how desperate the ultra left is.  This violence will not silence us and I call upon all Democrats including Governor Cuomo to condemn these violent actions."  


Posted on 12 Oct 2018, 14:04 - Category: 2018 Election

Dr. Jeff Ascherman Wins 73rd Assembly District Independence Party Primary

Dr. Jeff Ascherman

Wins 73rd Assembly District Independence Party Primary

Statement from Manhattan GOP Chair Andrea Catsimatidis on

Dr. Jeff Ascherman's Victory

I would like to congratulate Dr. Jeff Ascherman on winning the Independence Party Primary in the 73rd Assembly District!

Voters can now find for Dr. Ascherman on the Independence, Reform and Republican Party lines in November. With support from voters in both major parties, Dr. Ascherman's campaign continues to focus on the fact that he is a practicing

physician, not a professional politician. His election to the Assembly would make him the only medical doctor in the entire New York State Legislature and with  health care an important concern to voters, a physician in Albany would be a welcome addition. When elected Dr. Ascherman will be able to share his medical knowledge, and experience as a surgeon and teacher of medicine, with his fellow legislators befitting ALL New Yorkers.

Please visit Dr. Ascherman's website at for more
information on where he stands on issues and consider making a contribution to ensure his victory in November. 

Let's make sure Dr. Ascherman has all the resources he needs to bring a medical voice to Albany on November 6th!

Posted on 01 Oct 2018, 14:57 - Category: 2018 Election

Pete Holmberg Wins 28th Senate District Independence Party Primary

Pete Holmberg Wins 28th Senate District Independence Party Primary

Statement from Manhattan GOP Chair Andrea Catsimatidis on Pete Holmberg's Victory

I would like to congratulate Pete Holmberg on winning the Independence Party Primary against Liz Krueger in the 28th Senate District. He has my full support, but he needs your help to win in November. Click here to donate to Pete's winning effort now! 

The Manhattan GOP is fighting back and it all starts with taking down extreme partisan hacks like Liz Krueger. She has sat idly by allowing corruption to plague Albany. She views her role in the State Senate as a lifetime appointment as opposed to a position in which she earns the trust of the people she represents.

What we need is a fresh, honest voice representing the Upper East Side. Independence Party voters have spoken loud and clear and now the rest of the electorate will follow in November! 

While this victory shows our upward momentum, Pete needs your help.  Please consider contributing to ensure his victory in November. 

We have never been in a better position for a victory on November 6th. Let's make sure Pete has all the resources he needs to bring a new, honest voice to Albany.

Posted on 27 Sep 2018, 13:23 - Category: 2018 Election

Our Town: A clothier’s quixotic quest


A clothier’s quixotic quest


July 24, 2018 3:07 pm ET

As he will be the very first to tell you, the 76-year-old former U.S. Army captain and owner for four decades of tony clothing stores across the Upper East Side is a most unconventional and unlikely political hopeful.

“I am not a normal candidate,” said Eliot Rabin in a candid two-hour interview as he sat under racks of boy’s jackets in the crowded stock room of Peter Elliot Blue, his shop on Lexington Avenue and 72nd Street.

Right on cue, he tossed off a trademark politically incorrect bon mot to describe the inventory of his shops. “Ain’t nothing made in China,” he said. After a short pause for effect, “My merchandise is finah.”

Rabin is mounting a Republican challenge, steeply uphill, to longtime Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney in the 12th Congressional District. “I’m old,” he said matter-of-factly. “But I’m fresh.”

The South Carolina native may be a political neophyte. He has scant campaign funds. Modest name recognition. He only joined the GOP a few months ago. He’s vying to represent an area where 70,000 Republicans are out-registered and outvoted by 288,000 Democrats.

But he’s developed a possible campaign slogan: “Maloney is baloney.” And he plans to deploy “my verbiage, my energy and my personality” to topple the North Carolina-born rival four years his junior.

Rabin possesses not only drive, humor and a quirky world view — he’s got two separate identities. His campaign committee, “Eliot Rabin-Peter Elliot for Congress,” may be the only entity registered with the Federal Election Commission that uses alternative names for a single candidate.

His explanation is a political novelty. “Over the last 40 years, I have become, generically, ‘Peter Elliot,’ from the name of my stores,” he said. “But the candidate you’re going to vote for is named ‘Eliot Rabin.’

“The people who know me well call me ‘Eliot,’” he added. “The people who think they know me well call me ‘Peter.’ I answer to both.”

Asked to elaborate on the duality, Rabin — who grew up in Charleston attending Reform synagogues and now prays at Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue — offers a ready answer. “Think Yiddish, look British!” he said.

At stake in the race is a district that’s been Maloney’s political base since she was first elected to Congress in 1992. The prize takes in the Upper East Side, Midtown, including Trump Tower, Union Square, Flatiron, Roosevelt Island, the East Village and parts of Chelsea, Brooklyn and Queens.

A 1964 graduate of The Citadel, the military college in his hometown, Rabin entered the Army, served in Germany during the Vietnam War, developed a fondness for guns but a loathing for the NRA, and to this day, treasures the rigor and discipline of service.

The returning veteran became a buyer at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, later designing menswear for Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta. But he never forgot the words of his father, Leon, who owned men’s stores in Charleston and once handed him a broom, saying, “If you can fold a cashmere sweater with your left hand and clean a toilet with your right hand, you can make it in business.”


In 1977, Rabin did just that. He opened the first of what would eventually become five Paul Elliot shops on the East Side, and the business took off. But there were spectacular failures, too, and Rabin discusses them with a candor rare for any political candidate.

“I over-expanded the business, I burned up the money,” he said. “I had creative ideas for new retail businesses, but I was undercapitalized from the beginning.” He contracted, closed shops. Today, there are two left, including Peter Elliot Women at 1071 Madison Avenue.

“It’s my fault, 100 percent, my responsibility,” Rabin said.

There’s more: In 1984, he could have bought a building on Second Avenue at 80th Street where his first shop was housed. It was offered for $375,000, his lawyer and accountant felt it was worth $275,000. Eventually, it sold to a third party for $450,000. A quarter-century later, it traded for $36 million.

“Biggest mistake I ever made in business,” Rabin said. He added, “I was smoking dope at the time, I wasn’t thinking straight.”

Why is he running? “I’m a patriot,” he said. “I’m tired of incivility. I’m tired of the socio-economic divisiveness, it’s extremely dangerous, and I think we can bring a little bit of manners back to the city.”

Civility doesn’t typically figure in rough-and-tumble, big-city politics, but it’s vital to Rabin: “I will always be a Southern boy,” he said. “I’m bringing Southern gentility to New York City.”

Admittedly, it’s an old-fashioned approach. “I profess to be a little bit of a gentleman,” he added. “I still say, ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘Yes, ma’am,’ and I still open the door for a lady.”

At that point, Molly C. Braswell, his Mississippi-bred campaign manager, interjected, “You have no idea how much some of us really appreciate that!”

Rabin continued, “The bottom line is this, when I compliment a woman in my elevator, and say, ‘Ma’am you look very nice,’ I get a thank you, and I really appreciate that.”

The Parkland school massacre was a catalyst for his decision to run, Rabin said, and he had been stirred to action by what he deems the “moral decay of our society, the moral bankruptcy of a lot of our leaders.”

He adds, “It’s not just about guns, it’s about a collective breakdown of our society.”

In Congress, he’d seek to reverse that. One approach would be to bring back the draft, he argues. “With no exemptions for Mr. Trump, no exemptions for Mr. Clinton, no exemptions for Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Podunk University,” he said. “All genders would serve.”

Under his plan, conscientious objectors could serve in two new branches of government, a Youth Reaction Corps, to supplement first responders, and a Domestic Peace Corps, to boost the poor and needy.

Another item on his agenda: “English should be our national language. Period,” he said. “Everybody in this country should learn a second language, but English is our native language, our primary language. It’s as simple as that.”

Like the incumbent he seeks to dislodge, Rabin has long been rooted in the Upper East Side. He lives near First Avenue at 81st Street, and his two favorite restaurants — Gracie Mews, an upscale diner, and A.O.C. East, a French bistro — are right around the corner.

A few blocks away, Fifth Avenue and 79th Street is his favorite street corner. “It’s a marvelous mix of local and tourists. They’re all in awe, peaceful and loving, as they enter the park or the Met, feasting along the way,” Rabin said.

Posted on 25 Jul 2018, 14:51 - Category: In the News

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