The Democrat party has been accused of being “a criminal organization masquerading as a political party” but the New York Democrat party in recent days has taken the party’s mob-like tendencies to a new extreme.
Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else.
The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.
“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.
“We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”
It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”
The letter and accompanying post card was criticized even by party members, with one Democratic consultant saying it was the wrong way to inspire votes.
“It’s a threatening letter. It’s a scare piece that is unnecessary and inappropriate,” the insider said.
The threatening letter has created a backlash – look at the number of times the above tweet was retweeted.
Democrats in Brooklyn and Manhattan who received the note were reportedly furious, calling it “an attempt to browbeat them into showing up at the polls.”
“I’m outraged. Whether I vote or not is none of your business!” said a Manhattan voter, who was so incensed that she complained to a local Democratic leader.
“The letter is ludicrous and menacing,” said the voter, who requested anonymity. (Please don’t give them my name!)
Party sources say Governor Cuomo, who is highly favored to win his race against Republican Rob Astorino, is not behind the shame letters.
But Astorino scoffed, “Andrew Cuomo’s thuggish tactics just crossed the line into creepy territory . . . Threatening and intimidating people is not how honorable elected leaders operate.”