What Happened Yesterday on Primary Day 2008
1. Manhattan Surrogate’s Court Race
Nora Anderson’s win is a sign that one female candidate against men is always a challenge—especially in Manhattan --and shows what the New York Times endorsement and an illegal contribution of over $250,000 can deliver. Congrats to Mike Oliva – but damn man can any of you clients not be investigated for receiving illegal contributions?
2. Inez Barron over the Field
All I can say is the name Barron is still the gold standard is East New York. And I hope that members of the Assembly do not have the same experience with Inez Barron that the Council has had with Charles.
3. Kevin Parker over Felder and Stewart
Congrats Kevin Parker and let it be said, “Stop Running Against Parker You Are Not Going To Win.” This brother has proven himself a dedicated public servant and more importantly a battle tested campaign veteran who is not going down no matter how much cash you spend (Noach Dear, Simcha Felder) or don’t spend (Stewart, Taitt, etc.)
4. Ed Towns over Powell
No one can remember the last time Ed Towns got over 52% of the vote including two races against Barry Ford (52%) and that horrible race in 2006 (where he got 47%). Well this year he got a Towns’ best 67%. This is just a sign that when a campaign is taken seriously and you hire competent campaign professionals you can send a message and crush opposition. Folks should remember this when they talk Obama and Change, that those that stood with Senator Clinton were promised punishment but all stayed standing with almost no headache at all (Rangel, Meeks, Clarke, and Towns).
5. Espaillat over Martinez
Although this one was closer than folks in the Espaillat camp thought it would be it – this was just another example of the teacher still having something left to teach the student.
6. Espada over Gonzalez
This one was a disappointment because Efraim is a good man (regardless of the unproved indictment) and he has done a lot of good for the community and lots of institutions and they should have come to his aid in this race. Espada is a wild card at best and a closet Republican at worst and could put the State Senate in a tail spin if the Democrats win in November as we all hope and expect they will.
7. Rainbow Rebels Win Big in the Bronx
By delivering their Judge candidate in such a huge fashion they delivered a major blow to Chairman Rivera and his supporters and may signify a change in party leadership. But even if it doesn’t, it does signify a change in the guard for elections in the Bronx – the old way to win in the Bronx no longer holds.
8. Meng over Young
This is another one that is disappointing because Ellen Young is a good and talented public servant. And the part folks should be paying attention to - is the blow to John Liu and his prominence as the preeminent Asian elected official of New York. Young was his horse and the Mengs seem to be arch enemies – what does this mean for the open Council seat now held by Liu?
9. Squadron over Connor Bad for Connor good for the Democratic Caucus of the State Senate – Malcolm Smith just gained a smart, capable and powerhouse fundraiser as a colleague. And Connor is going to keep being one of the best Election Lawyers in New York State. And more importantly don’t mess with Schumer – he is a real force in this country’s politics nationally and locally
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