Brooklyn Conservatives praise Thatcher as a role model
Contrary to her public image as the tough-as-nails “Iron Lady,” Margaret Thatcher was a “kind and gentle lady,” according to New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, who met the former British prime minister several years ago.
“I met her in Manhattan at an event where she was speaking. It was a brief meeting. But I was able to talk to her and thank her for all that she did for the world. My impression of her was that she was a kind and gentle lady,” Long, a Bay Ridge resident, told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle shortly after the news broke on April 8 that Thatcher had died.
Thatcher, who was the leader of the Conservative Party in Great Britain during the height of her power, was hailed by Brooklyn Conservatives as a trail blazer, a steadfast ally to the US, and a strong political leader.
“She was the face of the Conservative movement,” Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) said. Thatcher stood for “less taxes, less government intervention and freedom and opportunity for everyone,” Malliotakis said.