The Gateway (Late Post-Primary Wrap Edition)
Apologies for this one being a few days late and a couple bucks short.
Whether two, one or even zero challengers to the three Senate Republicans who voted for same sex marriage win, the National Organization for Marriage and its allies like the Conservative Party have won, by showing that anyone who defies them will get a nasty and difficult race.
“With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Kennedy was trailing Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant 10,580 votes to 10,389." [He now leads by 91 votes]
Olechowski on his victory: “the most bizarre that could have happened.”
Chris Olechowski may get the opportunity to provide us with the answer to the question "what happens to a sock puppet when the hand inside it gets amputated?" Loyalty to Embattled Assemblyman Is Seen in a Brooklyn Election cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com
John McCain, currently trailing, says he "dominated the vote" among white people. Lincoln Restler, currently trailing, says he 'dominated the vote' in every area but one | Capital Ne www.capitalnewyork.com
The Daily News continues its Lopez pile-on, and, for the second time, makes Councilwoman Diana Reyna the one Lopez enemy who'd just as soon wish this scandal just went away already.
Adriano Espaillat, with new Assemblywoman in toe, is the new and probably undisputed King of Little Santo Domingo. Adriano Espaillat Declares Victory Against Guillermo Linares politicker.com
Before we put the primary to bed, a few more observations:
Before we hear too much of a hue and cry about Boyland, let it be noted that his opposition got 63% of the vote
Though he won with 84% of the vote against one of the hapless Tischler brother, Dov Hikind was one of the night's biggest losers, as his Judicial candidate, Charles Finkelstein lost to Steve Mostofsky, the candidate of Hikind rival Councilman David Greenfield 49% to 16% (the third candidate got her third of the vote almost exclusively from voters who were not Orthodox Jews).
At 16% (for Mo) and 17% (for Abe), the Tischler brothers just took their first trip to the Mikvah and drowned.
When you are a white lady whose district is 62% black and 16% white, and you win your one-on-one primary against an attractive black candidate 68% to 32%, despite hemorrhaging union support, you probably deserved to be called "beloved"
Ari Kagan, Ben Askelrod's rather inoffensive Russian-American running mate for Democratic State Committee took down incumbent Mike Geller 62% to 38% as Akselrod, another Russian-American, lost those same voters 54% to 46%.
The Barron family may have suffered a massive repudiation in their efforts (though probably not invincible) in their base.
Sources say Chris Banks has blamed poll-site changes in Starrett City for a lower than expected Russian vote.
Proving F. Scott Fitzgerald right about "second acts" convicted former Assemblywoman Diane Gordon manages only a third place 23% in her race for the Democratic State Committee.
Memo to Carmen Arroyo: When you manage 53% against two candidates of questionable sanity and zero electability, it may be time to consider retirement.
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