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Tyner carries on FDR’s legacy

June 21, 2012

I ask for your support at the primary on Tuesday, June 26. Ours is the only Congressional district in the country that was home to FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt. FDR’s words to us seven decades ago are still on the mark today, and I dedicate my campaign to them:

“These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. These economic royalists are unanimous in their hatred for me—and I welcome their hatred... The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism—ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.”

Make no mistake, in the June 26 primary you have a choice: to vote for a current, five-term Dutchess County legislator who has fought fracking tooth and nail for four years, or my primary opponent, who actually said this of fracking to Alan Chartock on WAMC on April 17: “In terms of the impact I think the jury is still out.” I believe fracking should be banned and criminalized. I launched a petition in 2008 ( that garnered 1,100 signatures.

I also agree strongly with Rep. Maurice Hinchey that we need to bring back FDR’s Glass-Steagall Act to break up the big banks (and tax Wall Street speculation) to restore stability to our markets and economy, and that we need to expand Medicare to cover everyone to save $400 billion annually for businesses and individuals—unlike my primary opponent, according to

Go to and call us at 845/750-4392 to get involved now. Help us remake the Democratic Party from the grass roots up to restore the winning, populist, progressive legacy of FDR and Eleanor (and Maurice) and truly stand once more for people and not special interests.

Joel Tyner
Dutchess County legislator
Rhinebeck/Clinton, NY