“We Tease Him a Lot, But He’s Got Us On the Spot, Welcome Back" (Apologies to John Sebastian and the Sweat H-gs)
So which US Senate Democrat is rooting hardest for the Democratic victories to hold up in the Virginia and Montana Senate races? Harry Reid? Chuck Schumer? Ted Kennedy?
No. Of course not. It’s Joe Lieberman.
With the victories in Montana and Virginia, independently elected Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman become the Senate Democratic Caucus’ 50th and 51st members. But, Socialist Sanders has no place else to go; and why would he want to go any place else? The Democrats rolled out the welcome wagon to help facilitate his election.
On the other hand, there are those in the Democratic Party establishment against whom Joe Lieberman might be bearing a grudge. And, no matter which schul he chooses to join, Joe makes the minyon. All on his own he is a majority of one.
State Senate - District 11 - 232 of 233 Precincts Reporting
Now go out and make it happen!
The Adam Green for Comptroller bandwagon rolls on, here.
And Domestic Partner was finally persuaded to write in Green, with the promise that his victory would probably put a stop to those silly videos (as if).
If the WFP can scam, lie and deceive to grub a few votes, why can't I?
So, you’re a political party committed to working class people and ensuring their needs are addressed by society. Where do you deploy your City based troops on election day?
Right in the NYC area, there are worthy candidates for Congress like Steve Harrison, David Mejias, and John Hall; State Senate hopefuls like Jimmy Dahroug, Brooke Ellison, Matt Titone, and Michael Kaplowitz; Assembly candidates like Janele Hyer-Spencer and Shelley Mayer. Surely all could use as much help as possible. Moreover, phone banks can provide essential help to progressive candidates in tough races all across the state and nation.
I apologize in advance for this piece being a little late and bearing some resemblance to the items at a close-out sale (but that is the nature of NYC general elections not involving multi-millionaires). By contrast, before the Primary, I ran an ambitious four-part series concerning every contested primary for public office in the entire City of New York. My theory was that anyone who managed to get on the ballot in a primary was already interesting enough to be a subject worth covering. Unfortunately, this does not extend to the general election, where in my beat (the City), many races go unopposed, and even where there is theoretical competition, most non-Democratic candidates face opposition only from placeholders who make no efforts whatsoever, and are sometimes certifiable (shout-out to Sheepshead Bay’s Jack Benton). Because of the abysmal nature of the competition here, I’ve felt compelled to mention an occasional race in our suburbs to pick up the slack.
Gatemouth Issues Apology For Getting Facts Wrong About Working Families Party: They Do Not Mislead Voters; They Straight Out Lie
Yesterday I criticized the Working Families Party (WFP) for a number of failings; among other things, I accused the WFP, in their effort to obtain the 50,000 votes cast on their line for Governor they would need to retain their ballot status, of misleading voters by printing a statement from Cindy Sheehan which implied she advocated a straight ticket vote for the WFP, when in actuality she had endorsed the Green Party candidate for US Senate, Howie Hawkins.
This was true, as far as it goes, but highly misleading, and I apologize.
It turns out that Sheehan has not only endorsed Hawkins, but also the Green Party candidate for Governor, Malachy McCourt. The whole effort to paint her as supporting the WFP is a lie.
"Next week, the mid-term elections will be held. According to opinion polls, most of the voting results for New York State are already known. However, the likely outcome of the State Comptroller’s race is uncertain. One way or another, Alan Hevesi is toast. The smart move for New York voters is to vote for him, so that on his reelection, he can be replaced by a first-rate candidate, such as City Comptroller Bill Thompson, former State Comptroller candidate Bill Mulrow, Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell or Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.
The replacement candidate will be chosen by a joint vote of the State Assembly and Senate, with each official having one vote. Speaker Shelly Silver, the dominant figure in the more numerous Republican-controlled Assembly, will ultimately determine the outcome. To elect Christopher Callaghan, the inexperienced Republican candidate for State Comptroller, would be, in the opinion of many knowledgeable people, including myself, a mistake that could endanger the pension funds of city and state employees.
Like all NYS political parties aiming to keep or attain ballot status for the next four years by obtaining the necessary 50,000 votes cast on its line for Governor, the Working Families Party continues its efforts to sell the public on the idea that a vote cast on its line for Governor will “Send a Message.”
In the last few days, I’ve documented efforts by the Party to sell the public that a vote for WFP will “Send a Message” to stop the Brooklyn Bridge Park plan and stop the sale of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village; doubtless there are other local causes as well (“a vote for WFP will send a message that we need a new backstop on the baseball diamond at Orienta Point Park”). More globally we are told that a vote for WFP will send a message for “real campaign finance reform” (so the WFP can score more of what its blog calls “first amendment victories” when they get court rulings which gut the enforcement of such laws), “universal health care”, “fair funding for our schools” and “living wage jobs”. However, if the WFP’s mail is any indication, their primary pitch is that a vote on the WFP line for Governor will send a message to “Start Bringing the Troops Home”.
The “New York Post” prints a story accusing a scandal-wracked official up for re-election of having an affair with a member of the New York City Council. The "Daily Politics" blog, which had previously zapped all such comments, is now forced to acknowledge this rumor's existence. Both "Daily Politics" and "The Politicker”, among other outlets, subsequently print their own items, which attract a number of comments, some friendly to the Councilmember, some less so, saying that the story is untrue because the Councilmember is gay. Other rumors, some contradictory, some complimentary, emerge as well. "Daily Politics" attempts to zap many of these comments, but as the story leaves the blog’s front page, new comments appear unmolested. "The Politicker" just lets such comments linger. The whole situation raises many questions which seem worthy of discussion, but to even discuss such matters requires transgressing unwritten rules of behavior, which although never publicly acknowledged, have usually been unquestioned, even by most of those who violate them. More distressingly, to engage in such discussions requires transgressing some rules one might conclude are better upheld. That being said, there's clearly an elephant in the room, and it seems foolish to pretend that it's not there. So let me raise a few issues.
Browbeaten, Intimidated and Humiliated Into Not Betraying Its Principles, WFP Finally Does The Right Thing In Suffolk
On October 28, 2006, in an article dissing the Working Families Party, I wrote:
Earlier this year, some observers expressed shock that the right wing “Jewish Press” made an early and emphatic endorsement of Eliot Spitzer for Governor. I was not surprised. The endorsement proved that, however conservative the "Jewish Press" may be on social issues, the Orthodox Jewish establishment is more interested in being on the side that's winning, with all that entails, than with any social agenda. Or as one Rabbi once said "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's". Or was that render unto Spitzer? (and with which character in the quote does he identify?)
Early last week, busy campaign workers from the Working Families Party (WFP) began dropping flyers in coastal Brownstone Brooklyn encouraging people to vote for Eliot Spitzer. How puzzling!
The victory of the candidate these hours of house to house physical labor were ostensibly being expended upon was such a foregone conclusion that he was already being treated as the Governor-Elect in all but name even by the opposition party (and sometimes even they slipped and called him Governor). Moreover, since there were no local races in serious contention, this clearly wasn’t a ruse to draw out votes to help other candidates. Perhaps this was an effort to draw votes to the Party’s statewide AG candidate, currently leading by only 20 points, or the party’s candidate for Comptroller. But, even if firmly committed to Hevesi, surely the real passions of the Party’s volunteers lie elsewhere (although the Comptroller has made innovative strides in ensuring that New York State provides para-transit services to the differently-abled; clearly he is committed to the cause of "Economic Just-us"). And, if one were doing this for GOTV purposes, surely one would be trying to juice the vote in low turnout areas rather than among the sort of affluent white voters who never miss a general election (and, if Hevesi were the cause, might be likely to join the Times in jumping ship).
On September 26, 2006, I became the first prominent partisan NY Democratic blogger to declare he could not vote for Alan Hevesi’s re-election. This was two days before Rock Hackshaw, who given his September 18 endorsement of Jeanine Pirro, is obviously somewhat less driven than I am by rigid standards of ideology (and given that he still supports Pirro, is also seemingly somewhat less driven by rigid standards of morality, at least on subjects other than same-sex marriage)[OK Wonk, you owe me dinner].