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Open Letter to the Editor

Cathy Donohoe, member of Joint Parish Respect Life Committee, speaking at Press Conference

Cathy Donohoe, member of
Joint Parish Respect Life Committee,
speaking at Press Conference

On behalf of the Queens Village Republican Club, I would like to thank all the media outlets who covered our “Cuomo Outrage” press conference at Queens Borough Hall last Tuesday. Thanks for helping to make our voices heard in protest of Governor Cuomo’s intolerant remarks directed against a large swath of New Yorkers with politically different opinions than himself, that they should leave New York State.

While we embrace the entire spectrum of Republican perspectives from moderate to conservative, we do not consider the particular conservative views condemned and categorized by our Governor, and recently in a statement by Mayor de Blasio, as “extreme.” The majority of Americans hold pro-life beliefs, support the Second Amendment and traditional marriage. It is illustrative of the arrogance of power for a governor and a mayor to demonize a wide segment of the New York population because of their beliefs.

The Queens Village Republican Club is not “extremist.” We are part of a legitimate political party with legitimate political views and we are not dead. We are America’s oldest and most diverse Republican Club. We invite you to come and see the ethnic diversity of fellow New Yorkers as well the diversity of viewpoints from moderate to conservative Republican perspectives, on display at our upcoming grand annual event, the Lincoln Day Dinner on February 9th. All are welcome to come and join with us for a day of celebration of President Abraham Lincoln and the proud values of the Republican Party.

Photo of a past Lincoln Day Dinner celebration with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other public officials posing with excited winners of the Lincoln Bicentennial Essay Contest

Photo of a past Lincoln Day Dinner celebration
with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other public officials
posing with excited winners of the
Lincoln Bicentennial Essay Contest

We have sent a personal invitation to Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, so we can show them that our views are not narrow or extreme. We will show them that the many faces and voices of diversity of fellow New Yorkers are alive and well in the Republican Party. All are welcome.  We will present a spectacular dinner party that will honor and highlight the achievements of some of the most remarkable New Yorkers.

We will honor John W. Peterkin, U.S. Army (Ret.), a humble Veteran of WWII from Bellerose, Queens, who went on to serve four more combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, and who has been reticent up until now about his service and sacrifice for freedom and democracy. The Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to James Trent, President and Founder of the Queens County Farm Museum, who has selflessly given 50 years of civic service and leadership to the residents of Queens County, without asking for anything in return. We will hear from keynote speaker, Rep. Peter King, considered a moderate Republican, and in contrast, from arch-conservative Republican firebrand Dan Bongino, former NYPD officer and U.S. Secret Service agent for both Presidents Bush and Obama. What he witnessed at the White House compelled him to run for public office which he now is doing for a seat in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

We are holding this festive event at the famous Antun’s of Queens Village which has celebrated every New York Governor and Mayor and nearly all United States Presidents. We now invite our current governor and mayor, the mainstream press and all New Yorkers to see the greatness and diversity of main street New York on display at this celebration of the Grand Old Party, which is now, and will always be part and parcel of the fabric and political culture of New York City and State.

The Queen’s Village Republican Club
presents our
139th Anniversary Annual
LINCOLN DAY DINNER
Sunday, February 9, 2014
3 – 8 pm at Antun’s
96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, NY
Visit our Website for more information and reservation form.

Sincerely,
Phil Orenstein
President
Queens Village Republican Club
America’s Oldest Republican Club, Founded in 1875
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