Wednesday, March 28, 2018



Young Republicans use Young Democrats for target practice

DCYR Facebook post, now removed (faces blured by us)

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Young Democrats group charged its political counterpart, the Dutchess County Young Republicans, with playing “arrogant politics” by hosting their recent “Shoot the Shamrock” fundraiser using sketches of the Democratic Party donkey mascot as the target.

The Republicans posted photos on Facebook, but took them down after Democrats commented about them.

Young Democrats’ Chairman Frank Mazzella said the GOP leadership “failed miserably” by using the donkey image and posting it online.

“It’s almost like they can say anything they like without any recourse,” he said. “To be an example as a leader in a political party or be involved in a political party takes a certain kind demeanor in which you would conduct yourself and this is not at all in any way, shape or form the way they should conduct themselves.”

Mazzella said in these times of “horrendous mass shootings,” he was glad to see the GOP group included gun safety training. But, he said they should set “positive examples of behavior, not hateful ones.”

Leadership of the Dutchess Young Republicans could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.


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