Cronce: Liberals Working to “Suppress Me”
A Democratic member of Binghamton City Council says more liberal elements of the party are actively trying to suppress her views.
Dani Cronce, who represents the 3rd District, said she's been "getting attacked publicly" because she "is not a liberal."
Cronce said she's been strongly criticized most recently since the only other council Democrat, Conrad Taylor, announced a proposed resolution putting the city on record as welcoming refugees.
Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Wednesday, Cronce said "the liberals are working to suppress any Democrat who speaks against them." She expressed anger that some in the party are targeting her because of some of her conservative views.
Cronce said more liberal Democrats have been upset with her since she became a councilmember just over a year ago and "decided to work with the Republicans."
The councilwoman said she had urged Taylor to work with other councilmembers to develop a bipartisan "welcoming" resolution.
Cronce said she's received messages asking why she is opposed to such a resolution. She said she's not opposed to it but wants to try to develop language that would also receive support from council Republicans.
Cronce said it's time to tell extremists on both the left and right "to stop." She said she won't support "a crappy piece of legislation to just piss off the freakin' Republicans when we need to work together to get this done."
Cronce said Binghamton residents need to see that their government representatives can cooperate.
After Cronce's comments on the radio program, Conrad Taylor called to discuss her remarks. He said that before he publicly announced his proposed resolution, Cronce told him that she would like to work to educate residents about the issue.
Taylor said he is supportive of an educational effort. He said he didn't believe there would be a conflict between his proposal for a welcoming measure and an effort to educate people.
Cronce and Taylor both agreed to appear together on a future radio program to discuss the issues.
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