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A member of the GOP from western Queens wasn't very satisfied with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's holiday message to constituents this year.
So Marvin Jeffcoat, who ran against State Senator Michael Gianaris last year, reworked the greetings from the pol he dubbed “Angry Jimmy” into his own holiday message.
Jeffcoat, a retired U.S. Army sergeant, said the councilman was trafficking in divisiveness and antagonism. Here's the message Jeffcoat sent as a response:
From our family to yours,
We would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. Moving ahead, it is vitally important that we work together to close the divide and promote harmony across our community.
Sadly, a local politician thought it was appropriate to use divisive and at times hurtful stereotypes to send a message to those who did not vote for the same presidential candidate as angry Jimmy Van Bramer.
Our elected officials must be reminded they take an oath to represent all of us despite any party affiliation. We all deserve the respect and service of our government representatives.
As a community we must condemn and look past inflammatory rhetoric aimed at dividing us. We need to band together to address the serious issues impacting our neighborhoods.
May 2017 be a year where no one is judged for their views and may we strive to work together to bring prosperity and safety to our community. Let us always remember that there is much more that unites us than divides us. God bless you all and God bless America.
We wish all a 2017, filled with love, happiness and success.
But more than just the card, Jeffcoat took issue with Van Bramer's aggressive march across the Queensboro Bridge to Trump Tower just after the presidential election. Some protestors held signs with messages like “Cut All Trump Voters Out Of Your Lives (Esp. Family & Friends)” and “We Refuse to Accept a Fascist.”
He also highlighted a workshop Van Bramer sponsored to train residents in “anti-bullying” tactics as particularly alienating.
Could this be the opening salvo in a possible run for Jeffcoat against the councilman in 2017? We wouldn't rule it out.