New York State’s prolific tea party activist tells Conservative Women that the mud-slick Republican primary race for Saratoga County sheriff is a one of character over deception.
“Michael Zurlo is a life-long dedicated law enforcement professional with more than 30 years’ experience protecting the streets of Saratoga County,” said Carl R. Gottstein Jr. founder of Patriots for Life and resident of Rensselaer County.
“The name Saratoga is a manipulation of an Indian word “sah-rah-ka” or “Sarach-togue” that means “the hill beside the river,” he said.
Zurlo has been endorsed by outgoing Republican Sheriff James D. Bowen and is embroiled in a heated GOP primary fast approaching on Tues. Sept. 10. Bowen who is the longest tenured Sheriff in New York State, in office since 1972, is retiring at the end of the year.
Gottstein said Zurlo is the right choice for Saratoga County. “He is the only candidate to receive the support of law enforcement unions including Council 82, the Saratoga County Correctional Officers and the New York State Deputies Association.”
The social media professional said Zurlo is uniquely qualified for the job. “In his capacity as former judge in the Town of Stillwater Zurlo has a constitutional understanding of the law coupled with a calm, steely judicial temperament.”
Zurlo has critical knowledge in the areas of first-hand executive experience, he said. “Zurlo is the only candidate to have experience with corrections, civil, communications and road patrol.”
“Zurlo 100% supports the U.S. Constitution, recognizing the special place held by the 2nd Amendment guaranteeing our right to bear arms,” he said.
Gottstein who is a volunteer moderator for Grassfire Nations and Patriot Action Network said Zurlo is the only candidate born and raised in Saratoga County. “If you want to be the county Sheriff, it is best if you know the county like you know your own back yard – Saratoga is home for Michael Zurlo, always has been.”
He said the former volunteer firefighter is cool under fire and ready to serve. “Zurlo will hit the ground running as Saratoga’s new sheriff. Saratoga’s first in over 40 years!”
“Zurlo was first to announce his candidacy for Sheriff, first to unveil his technology platform, first on social media and the World Wide Web,” said the dynamic political veteran.
Zurlo is also pro-life, said the New York State Right to Life Committee board member. “While right to life issues are not as relevant for a sheriff position as in other races, I follow candidates like Zurlo who have the fortitude and character to openly express their pro-life position.”
Zurlo’s opponent in the primary on the other hand, Jeff Gildersleeve, is a sheriff’s deputy from Warren County who is running a deceitful and ugly campaign, said Gottstein. “His approach is unbecoming of a statesman, much less a top law enforcement official.”
“Gildersleeve circulated petitions to residents who were tricked into signing as they thought it was a petition to repeal the SAFE Act, but was actually a ballot petition for Gildersleeve,” he said.
Gildersleeve has no leadership ability, said the dynamic political veteran. “He did not receive the endorsement from his own union, N.Y.S. Troopers and the Patrolman Benevolence Association.”
Gildersleeve is obviously not trustworthy, he said. “He used his taxpayer funded automobile for political purposes, attending political meetings and disseminating political lawn signs.”
It is not true that Gildersleeve, as he claims to this day, was not given an opportunity to speak before Republican committee, said Gottstein. “Jeff Gildersleeve entered the race for sheriff over a month late and failed to attend the county-wide Republican meeting that is part of the endorsement process.”
“Gildersleeve has never managed a budget or supervised more than ten people at one time. How can we expect him to effectively manage a huge budget and more than 200 employees?” he asked.
“Zurlo is the Sheriff of the future; has the right temperament, experience and knowledge for the job,” he said.
“Saratoga will be well served with Zurlo,” he said. “Don’t forget to vote for Michael Zurlo for Saratoga County sheriff this Tuesday, Sept. 10.”
Courtesy: Carl R. Gottstein Jr. and David Keene, former NRA president Dated: Feb. 28, 2013, Albany, New York