Candidate for Governor and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra announced today his intent to suspend his run for the Republican nomination and instead focus his efforts on an independent campaign.
“My message of reforming and changing the way business is done in New York has been resonating with voters across the political spectrum and while I remain a Republican, I don’t think my independent message has connected with state Republican leaders who seem intent on continuing the losing formula that all but guarantees a third term for Democrat Andrew Cuomo.”
The former two-term Erie County executive will continue his discussions with the state Reform Party with the intent to be that party’s nominee.
“It is definitely time for a change in Albany. The two major parties are resistant to the idea of change despite the corruption and high taxes that have become a way of life in this state,” Giambra said.
“My message of change has received widespread support from the public, which includes a real plan to reduce the size of government through consolidation, reform the MTA which presides over the crumbling and most expensive subway system in the world, and legalize the adult use of marijuana to raise billions of dollars in new revenue,” Giambra continued.
Giambra says that while he respects both major parties, he said there is an unwillingness to confront the idea that there is a better way to spend taxpayer money and that both parties seem content to maintain the status quo.
“We did not become the most taxed state in America by accident, it is due to a systematic break down caused by politicians beholden to big donors and party leaders rather than the people. We need to stop running a government that is fueled by the kind of pay-to-play tactics that have helped Gov. Cuomo raise $31 million in campaign money and fostered a climate of corruption currently on display in a Manhattan court room” Giambra said.
“The real fix starts at the top and can only happen with a Governor who is independent of the corrupt Albany culture. That is what my campaign has been about since day one and this is now why I believe my message will be best heard and responded to as an independent candidate,” Giambra concluded.