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Monday, May 02, 2005
What's up with the NYC mayoral race?
New York mayoral races are always so strange. First, the fact that one of the most liberal cities in the country has had a Republican mayor for the last 11 years, and looks ready to re-elect the current GOP'er, is astounding. Next, the Democratic front-runner makes a boneheaded comment and his campaign totally unravels, including the defection of two major aides over the weekend.

Everyone is complaining that the Democratic Party isn't putting up any good candidates for mayor - which would also be incredibly surprising in a city filled with incredibly smart people, many of whom are Democrats.

The race will change a hundred times between now and primary day (Sept. 13). These things are impossible to predict.

Which is why I'm hoping that Gifford Miller can gain some traction in the coming weeks and months. He's be totally overlooked so far, lumped into a category of "not good enough" Democrats (with Ferrer, Fields, and Weiner), when in fact if people looked hard enough, they'd find someone that is indeed plenty capable.

Gifford graduated Princeton in 1992 and got himself elected to City Council in 1996. I'm now four years out of college, and my sense of accomplishment takes a serious hit when I give that some thought. Six years later (at 32) his colleagues were so impressed with him that they elected him their Speaker.

It's important to build our Democratic party base. If you're interested in learning more about Gifford, come to one of the upcoming Generation G events: May 11th at SoHo House; or May 19th at Suede.
posted by CB @ 10:08 AM  
  • At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Strange; I thought, from afar, that Gifford _was_ the Democratic frontrunner. It's too bad that voters seem to overlook credentials, instead choosing someone who seems to 'understand' them or who seems 'mayoral' (or senatorial, presidential, etc).

    Gifford Miller went to St. Bernard's, too, and spoke at an all-school assembly while I worked there - he seemed affable and good-hearted, and now that he's Speaker, especially at such a young age, that charm is balanced with gravitas. I hope more people take notice of him.

  • At 10:51 PM, Anonymous vince said…

    Fantastic blog, Colin. I'll never understand how you get the time.

    Bullai fir: keep up the good work.


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