Principle Vs Pragmatism: The Politician's Dilemma
When, and under what circumstances, do elected officials who are committed to freedom and the constitution compromise with our adversaries?
Bill Schmidt brings a unique perspective to this issue as an openly Gay Republican elected to 2 terms on the Peekskill City Council in the course of a lifetime of libertarian oriented activism. In 2007 he narrowly lost a bid for Peekskill Mayor with 48% of the vote, refusing
to make campaign promises they may well have tipped the result to a favorable outcome. The race was also the first time that a candidate in New York State was jointly endorsed by the Republican, Conservative, Libertarian, and Independence Parties.
Currently, Mr Schmidt serves as an appointee of County Executive Rob Astorino on the Westchester County Human Rights Commission, which adjudicates claims of alleged discrimination in the County.
Based upon his 30 years experience as an elected and appointed official, he believes it is possible to engage in limited compromise and still remain true to one's principles.