“I Am NOT a Fan of Jeb, Donald or Hillary 2”

I Am NOT a Fan of Jeb, Donald or Hillary 2”



June 25th, 2015 I wrote the Blog below, it’s time for me to address this topic again.




It is hard to believe that I would ever make this statement. If my choice was Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for President I would vote for Hillary Clinton. I admit there are a number of issues that he put on the table that were worth supporting, but I would fear for our country if he was ever elected.


I consider myself a Patriot in every sense of the word, but to make a statement to ban all Muslims in this country is akin to what happened to the Jews in Europe in the era of Hitler. This is an area that is extremely painful for me.


I have to admit, I had said that if he was the Republican nominee I would vote for him. I must have been out of my mind. He is a bully that preys on the emotions of Americans that are frustrated with the leadership in this country. Believe me I understand this frustration but there are much better options.


Is there the “perfect” candidate? Hell no, but Marco Rubio, Chris Christy, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina are much better options and yes, I have issues which each one of them.


Let me know your thoughts. I know this is not an easy topic but one we need to address.

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Comment balloon 32 commentsJoe Petrowsky • December 09 2015 10:52AM


Hi Joe.  Typically I never comment on political posts and just refrain from giving my views in public.  However, the latest Trump antics are about as horrible as anything I've seen in politics.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 4 years ago

It is good to see your comments. I avoid taking political positions in blogs but do agree with your observations.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Hi Joe.  Anybody but Hillary.  I agree Trump is a bully but the Constitution would prevent him from banning a religion.  The next President will have three Supreme Court appointments.  I don't won't Hillary making those appointments.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe.  You sir are getting into something that will either bring you praise of criticism (I suspect both).  Having said that I agree with Conrad... Enough said.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe! After his latest rant, may be left with no candidate. Hillary is just as repulsive! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe,

Throughout our countries history we have had aversion to many ethnicities. nationalities  and because of the Constitution and a majority of us that understand we became a great nation and one that will prevail.

Maybe we could find a legitimate candidate and use the write in ballot!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 4 years ago

Sometimes, this all just makes me want to move to another country.  I wouldn't, but I hate that there are always issues w/ all of the candidates and it makes me wonder if the issue is the system or type of people it attracts.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

Joe Petrowsky I generally agree with you, but not this time. Hillary is the worst possible choice.

And Trump has really tapped into the public mood. I think a Trump/ Cruz ticket would be the best possible world.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) about 4 years ago

I am glad the election is months away. I hope we will see a strong candidate surface that is a true leader. It is scary right now.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 4 years ago

Good morning, Joe... for me the jury is still out (except that I know I won't vote for Hillary under any circumstance). There is, unfortunately, no perfect candidate and I could make arguments for and against all of the Republican candidates. That being said, everyone has been predicting the demise of The Donald since he announced.... and his demise is not even close. And I keep thinking that he is tapping into something that really resonates with Americans and that to some extent they respect him for saying what they are thinking and for addressing their fears. No in-side the Beltway bull with him. And I think most of us are tired of the Beltway bull.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) about 4 years ago

Joe, I can't say that Trump would make a good president, but I am leaning toward him. If nothing else he has started conversations and changed some of the "same old" rhetoric we've heard from politicians year after year...one broken promise after another pandering for our votes.  

Regarding Trump's last statement that everyone is taking him to task on...what he says makes perfect sense to me...if you want to stop a cancer, you must stop the spread of it. I just don't agree with trying to compare what he suggests regarding not allowing Muslims into the states to the Japanese internment camps or what happened to the Jews...it is simply not the same. Bottom line as I hear is view is "lets not let a problem into our country". Sure some good people will be kept out, but along with that...hopefully...some would also be denied entry who would blow up a building or go on a shooting spree and killing lots of Americans...some of which could be my family or yours. And, if that happened...if you lost a loved one to someone who slipped in through the cracks under the guise of coming to the USA for a better life or refugee status....what would your position be then?

We all have our opinions and I'm not saying that Trump's suggestions are ideal, but does anyone have a better idea? In case you haven't figured it out yet I totally agree with Nina Hollander 

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) about 4 years ago

Joe, I think the antics Trump is doing is embarrassing around the world, and do not make political comments either.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 4 years ago

Joe, I share your fear and concern. I'm hopeful that, by the time elections roll around, Trump will have taken his ball and gone home (e.g., split from the Rebublican Party) and decent, viable candidates will emerge. I refuse to believe that the hatred, bigotry, and bullying attitude shown by Trump reflects most of us in the United States.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 4 years ago

I don't get involved with political issues in an open forum, but appreciate your honesty...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 4 years ago

Good morning Joe. We disagree on most things political but I like you anyway. I always opt for the smart person and I support Hillary because despite anything else she is clearly very smart. Trump is scary and I diagree with your analogy about the Jews. The Jews were targeted for sur but not through anything they did or represented. That said stigmatizing all Muslims is unacceptable and un-American.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

Girl Power all the way!  I think Hillary brings years of first hand experience running the country because let's face it - behind every successful man is a WOMAN.  She was right there while Bill held office.  Donald needs to go back to firing people and let the professionals handle running the country.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 4 years ago

I would be surprised if he accepts the nomination. He likes to be in control and I wouldn't be surprised if he uses his electorial votes for the person of his choice.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) about 4 years ago

This reminds me of the joke I read a while ago:

"Is your refrigerator running?"

"Because I don't like any of the current Presidential candidates."

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) about 4 years ago

I firmly commit to never making political statements publicly, Joe Petrowsky ... period.   


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 4 years ago

Joe, I'm with Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, just want the best for our great country.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) about 4 years ago

Well I do believe the people you listed are a far cry better than Hillary...I put them on the same bar, imho.  But Carly Fiorino really...I don't see that one happening.  We choose to disagree.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 4 years ago


 I am in Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com camp here.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 4 years ago

Since I've been able to vote, it's always been the "lesser of 2 evils", and it makes me sad.  I look forward to a day when I can be proud of someone I support.  The next election doesn't look to be that day.  I still may vote, not as a vote 'for' someone, but as a vote against someone else.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) about 4 years ago

Joe I will NOT be voting for Trump, but I would not vote for Hilary if she was the only candidate on the ballot.  In many ways she is far worst than Trump.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 4 years ago

I doubt he will get the nomination abut as for being more selective how we let the Middle Eastern refugees come into our country, a moratorium would be nice, especially after what happened in CA last week

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 4 years ago


It's a good thing for country to get back an open debate about the election and openly listen and debate both sides to the argument.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 4 years ago

I am not going to post a political position, but have enjoyed the comments.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Joe I am surprised this did not get the coveted Gold Star, then again I keep forgetting  the platform is not owned by people who like to make controversial statements and make Realtors look bad...   I personally try not to make political statements, religious statements as well as anything too controversial... at the same time I am not afraid to be politically incorrect and take a stand. Now with that said I applaud your taking a stance.... Merry Christmas:)))))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 4 years ago

Hi Joe --- as others have commented, I stay away from posting political views on social media.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 4 years ago

Well, you represent what I hear really going on...that when polls are taken, the concensus is quite general as to who someone would vote for, based on name recogntion, but it all changes come time to vote. I heard this on an NPR program about some of the past candidates who "went away" after an initial spurt of success, early in the primaries. Fascinating stuff. Good for you for re-addressing yourself! 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 4 years ago

I try to stay away from political issues affecting my mortgage functions but I will say this Joe Petrowsky :   You have the right to choose who you want.   I have the right to choose who I want.   The key to it is we ALL have to get out and vote our conscience.   After that, we must all stand behind the chosen leader and support the greatest country on earth.

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) about 4 years ago

Not seeing any good choices getting much traction as the race moves forward, why cant we get a sensible guy like you to run Joe.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) almost 4 years ago