"It sounds like a mismatch: An illustrious Republican president’s son supporting a Democrat-turned-independent, ex-Obama administration official in his quest to run for New York City mayor on the GOP line," writes The Washington Post. But conservative commentator Michael Reagan is urging city Republican leaders to give Adolfo Carrion Jr. permission to run in the primary, saying it would strike a note of openness and diversity for a party that’s grappling with how to attract Hispanic voters.
“Then the Republicans are showing that they do have an outreach program, they are trying to be an inclusive party, instead of an exclusive party,” he said by phone Wednesday. Especially after the corruption allegations, “maybe it’s time not to keep on looking at the good old boys, but to look at the new old boys,” said Reagan.
The two,Carrion and Reagan, seemed to have put social issues aside. While Mr. Carrion describes himself as a fiscally conservative but socially progressive, Mr. Reagan recently drew questions over an op-ed article in which he said legalizing gay marriage could sink “any law based on morality. Think about polygamy, bestiality and perhaps even murder.”
“While we’re not in tandem on every issue, I think on the issues I care about, like having a business-friendly city that’s safe, that’s oriented toward reform, that advances the idea that the best social program is a job and not the other way around,” Carrion told the post.