Carvin Skedaddles from Rally for America Event, Tea Party Group Suspects the Hand of GOP Elite

Would have been Carvin’s first chance to confront Jim Russell on racialist ideas espoused in essays a decade ago
To the Editor,

Rally for America presented its Meet and Greet the Candidates Evening in its new location at the Clarkstown Reform Church in West Nyack on Monday, June 11. The first candidate to speak was Colin Schmitt, running for the newly formed 99th NYS Assembly District. He was followed by what should have been the three candidates announced to appear, all of whom are running for the 17th Congressional seat in the Republican Primary on June 26.

Francis E. (Frank) Morganthaler presented himself as a true example of volunteerism for Veterans’ causes among others. When asked in the Q&A, he gave a detailed explanation about how his petition was challenged by friends of Doug Colety, Westchester County Republican Chair, and Joseph Carvin, leaving him to run a write-in campaign. Jim Russell also spoke about the reasons he is running and his experiences that qualify him to be Congressman. Joseph Carvin did not appear at all, leaving us to draw our own conclusions.

We had received enthusiastic phone calls and emails from the Carvin campaign about Mr. Carvin appearing at our event, and then something suddenly changed. We seriously cannot ignore the Evening of Dialogue with Joe Carvin, Candidate for U.S. Congress that took place last Thursday, June 7, sponsored by the local GOP leadership. We are convinced that the Carvin campaign was told by someone high up in the local GOP leadership not to deal with Rally for America. It wouldn’t be the first time, as the Tea Party is a threat to their power.

Thank you,
Barbara Gries
Rally for Ameirca