Since NYCFPAC released its analysis of New York’s 2018 gubernatorial election and the prospects of the potential gubernatorial hopefuls in both major parties, another Republican has expressed interest in entering the race. That Republican is Joel Giambra of Buffalo.
Here’s what Christians and conservatives in New York should know about Giambra:
- He served as Erie County Executive from 2000 to 2007. Prior to his tenure as County Executive, Giambra served as Buffalo City Comptroller and as a Niagara District Council Member.
- In 2005, during Giambra’s tenure as Erie County Executive, the County experienced fiscal difficulties and was subjected to monitoring by a state financial control board.
- Giambra is a former Democrat who is known as a moderate and has been a political ally of Gov. George Pataki. The Buffalo News “dubbed him a ‘Giambracrat.’”
- Giambra is currently employed as a lobbyist at Park Strategies, the lobbying firm founded by former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato. His lobbying efforts have included advocacy for the full legalization of recreational marijuana.
- Giambra is pro-choice.
As if all of that were not enough, Giambra was named on a list entitled “Republicans for Hillary” during Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
At the risk of stating the obvious, nominating Joel Giambra as the Republican candidate for Governor of New York would be a terrible mistake. In fact, Giambra’s dubious record, his political alliances, his political positions, and his support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy disqualify him from a Republican candidacy. Thankfully, NYCFPAC believes that a “Giambra for Governor” campaign would be unlikely to gain traction.