Woodmere resident Cindy Grosz is seeking the Republican nomination in the congressional primary election on June 23 to go up against incumbent Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) in the general election.
Douglas Tuman is running against her for the nomination.
Tuman is the Commissioner of Engineering for the Town of Hempstead. His campaign platform centers around infrastructure improvements, making the community more affordable livable for new families and the elderly and addressing the coronavirus pandemic by “allowing capitalism to flourish more freely” rather than instituting government policies, according to his campaign website.
Tuman is the Commissioner of Engineering for the Town of Hempstead. His campaign platform centers around infrastructure improvements, making the community more livable for new families and the elderly and implementing solutions to global warming that align with capitalism.
Grosz, a Long Island native who attended the Hewlett-Woodmere schools, is a columnist, radio personality and Jewish activist. She has written for publications including The Times of Israel and The Reactionary Times, and is a contributor and co-host on “The Jersey Joe Show.”
She is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump.
“President Trump has an excellent record of supporting all religious freedoms,” she told Blank Slate Media. “I was honored to be at the embassy opening in Jerusalem and at the White House when President Trump signed the executive order combating anti-Semitism.
“Congresswoman Kathleen Rice was absent from each event,” she added. “She has never publicly called out ‘The Squad’ on their public hate,” referring to a group of progressive Democratic first-term congresswomen.
She said that she believes Rice to be “out of touch with her base” in the 4th Congressional District.
“If you compare the accomplishments of another Congressman from Long Island, Lee Zeldin, who is a Trump supporter like myself, you see how NY-04 is losing,” she said.
If elected, Grosz would be the “first religious Jewish congresswoman from either party,” she said. “NY-04 neighborhoods support Judeo-Christian values,” she asserted.
She has helped write legislation “for oversight in classrooms that demand fact over fiction lessons about Judeo-Christian values,” according to her website.
She is also an adviser for the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, a group founded in 2016 to win Trump the support of minority voters and to push back on accusations that Trump’s anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric is discriminatory. The group never officially met, according to a 2017 article in The New York Times written by Javier Palomarez, a former member and president and chief executive of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“I have been outspoken and have been working on rebuilding the black-Jewish relationship that Democrats have been destroying for years,” said Grosz. “During the quarantine, I have been involved in discussions to help small businesses in minority communities. I am personal friends with many of the black Republican candidates from all over the country and will work with them directly when we are all elected in November.”
Grosz stressed that voters should vote for her over her opponent because of her background as an activist rather than a politician.
“I am not a career politician and I am the only candidate [who] does not [take] home a paycheck from any government office,” Grosz said. “I am known as an outspoken activist who gets things done. Every voter I speak with says the same thing, ‘We want change!’”
“[Voters] want someone who will work with President Trump,” she added. “They want to see a Republican House of Representatives that will not waste any more money on bogus investigations when so many right at home in our district are struggling to make ends meet.”
When asked how she would address climate change and its effect on public health and the environment, Grosz said that she supports Trump and his administration on these issues.
Earlier this month, Grosz served as the Long Island-Queens chair of the March for Trump Drive for Freedom, one of many “MAGA May Day” parades across the country.
“Our goals include reopening America safely and responsibly, protecting our constitutional and civic rights, and making America independent again, for me, making NY-04 independent again,” she said.
Rich Azzopardi, an adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, pushed back on the protesters, citing the “New York State on PAUSE” order.
“The progressives are using the pandemic as a way to slide their agenda into legislation that has nothing to do with COVID-19, and we find that their efforts to support projects like the Kennedy Center are harmful to small-business owners and hard-working nonessential workers who need funds for food and rent,” Grosz said when asked how she would address the economic impact of coronavirus on the community.