Chairman Kassar’s weekly wrap up discusses the record setting inflation, dangerous NY DA Bragg, and how upbeat the Assembly Republicans are.

Record Setting Inflation

 Federal Reserve interest rate increases may slow inflation, but they will not reverse it if energy prices remain out of control. This means no relief for Americans getting squeezed tighter and tighter every day as the Biden administration continues to make one mistake after another.

Annual inflation hit 9.1% in June, the highest rate of price growth since 1981, and despite those recent interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. Consumer prices rose 1.3% in June alone, driving up the costs for Americans as they do the necessities such as get groceries and fill up their gas tanks.

The Democratic led Congress and the President himself instead continue to focus on long range environmental goals of questionable value at best. Fortunately, after it was announced late Thursday that any party line reconciliation bill with climate provisions, would not be supported by Joe Manchin (D-WV). Manchin’s spokesperson Sam Runyon said Thursday. “Senator Manchin believes it’s time for leaders to put political agendas aside, reevaluate and adjust to the economic realities the country faces to avoid taking steps that add fuel to the inflation fire.”

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg is Dangerous

 Bragg never claimed during his campaign that he would be the people’s District Attorney. From day one in office his focus has been to be an advocate for the rights of criminals. We called for his removal by Governor Hochul, the only one with the authority, after his outrageous staff memo essentially implementing the ‘Bragg criminal Justice system.” We reiterate our push for his removal every time an arrest turned into a revolving door, or a law enforcement officer was made the scapegoat for his backward view of public safety.

Last week’s indictment by The Manhattan DA of bodega worker Jose Alba, for murder, when it was clear to witnesses and on video that Alba was exercising his right to self-defense, brought a new national spotlight to Bragg’s backwards logic.

Lee Zeldin has indicated as Governor on day one he would remove Bragg for malfeasance in office. I can think of dozens of reasons why we need Lee Zeldin as Governor, but for the past week removing Alvin Bragg has been on the top of my list.

 Assembly Republicans

 It is generally agreed upon in NYS political circles that our party’s strong alliance with the State Senate Republicans, led by Rob Ortt, will result in many victories this November. The same can be said of the New York State Assembly Republicans led by Will Barclay.

I had a chance to meet a number of candidates this past week at their annual summer golf outing. First, let me tell you it was large, in fact one of the largest summer fundraisers in many years. It was also an extraordinarily upbeat event; you could feel the excitement and enthusiasm.

As always, it all comes down to candidates. In my estimation there were many winners in the room. Individuals who will make excellent public officials who will push for the changes we need to get our state back on the right track. I want to congratulate Leader Barclay and everyone at RACC (Republican Assembly Campaign Committee) for working to recruit such good candidates around the state.

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