Audrey Silk kandidaatburgemeester New York

De Libertarische Partij van New York heeft Audrey Silk, voorzitster van NYCCLASH en pro-rokersactiviste met sterke banden met Forces, kandidaat gesteld voor het burgemeestersschap van New York.

Hoewel ze naar verwachting weinig kans op verkiezing heeft zal haar invloed in de verkiezingsstrijd groot zijn: geen van de andere kandidaten durfde zich tot nou toe uit te spreken over het rookverbod in New York, maar nu zullen ze daartoe uitgedaagd worden en stelling moeten kiezen….

Retired cop Audrey Silk puffed on a Parliament in her Cape Cod-style home in Marine Park and said she is running for mayor because Michael Bloomberg is a “Puritan who has taken the gusto out of New York City.”

“How many of those do you smoke every day?” I ask.

“I hate that question,” she said in a mind-your-own-business voice.

Audrey SilkSilk knows she’s the longest of long shots as the candidate of the Libertarian Party, which was burned in 1994 when it chose radio talk show host Howard Stern to run for governor against George Pataki. Stern left party officials high and dry by quitting before the election.

“He was only running for the publicity it gave to a book he had just published,” said Jim Lesczynski, who is the Libertarian candidate for public advocate. Lesczynski said he is not a smoker, but has become a “political smoker” to protest the smoking ban.

But Silk says she is in the race to stay. For her, the smoking ban is personal and so is the mayor, whose voice drives her nuts – “It’s like nails in my head.” She has a poster in her living room of the mayor that shows him with his pants at his ankles and the line “Bloomberg Butt Out!!” stelt Audrey voor aan het kiezersvolk

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  • "Es ist schwieriger, eine vorgefaßte Meinung zu zertrümmern als ein Atom."
    (Het is moeilijker een vooroordeel aan flarden te schieten dan een atoom.)
    Albert Einstein

  • "Als je alles zou laten dat slecht is voor je gezondheid, dan ging je kapot"
    Anonieme arts

  • "The effects of other people smoking in my presence is so small it doesn't worry me."
    Sir Richard Doll, 2001

  • "Een leugen wordt de waarheid als hij maar vaak genoeg wordt herhaald"
    Joseph Goebbels, Minister van Propaganda, Nazi Duitsland

  • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • "There''s no such thing as perfect air. If there was, God wouldn''t have put bristles in our noses"
    Coun. Bill Clement

  • "Better a smoking freedom than a non-smoking tyranny"
    Antonio Martino, Italiaanse Minister van Defensie

  • "If smoking cigars is not permitted in heaven, I won't go."
    Mark Twain

  • I've alllllllways said that asking smokers "do you want to quit?" and reporting the results of that question, as is, is horribly misleading. It's a TWO part question. After asking if one wants to quit it must be followed up with "Why?" Ask why and the majority of the answers will be "because I'm supposed to" (victims of guilt and propaganda), not "because I want to."
    Audrey Silk, NYCCLASH