Last week, we wrote about the governor's decision to call a special election to replace former assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, who used to represent Richmond Hill and other neighborhoods in southeast Queens before he got in a little hot water of extortion and blackmail and the like. And then we wrote about the governor's decision to rescind that special election. We had to do it the same column because the governor's two decisions came just hours apart, and we are just a lowly weekly newspaper with a seven-day news cycle that apparently can't keep up with the whims and fancies of Governor David Paterson. You know what they say about a governor's prerogative....
Anyway, Paterson said the whole thing was a big bureaucratic mess-up, and it was all a misunderstanding; 'nuff said. Well, we here at Pol Position thought that was an excellent political strategy: just throw ideas and policy out there to the public, and if it turns out that they are unpopular, just blame it on an aide with executive powers and wash your hands of the whole sticky affair.
But we don't know what the hell is going on now!
One week after rescinding the special election, Paterson proclaimed that there will be a special election after all to replace Seminerio. We cut out of work early on Friday (okay, we left Thursday afternoon and never showed up again), so thought we were just horribly confused when we were catching up on everything we missed come Monday morning. But indeed the special election was set, and as of writing this it's been set for approximately five days, so it looks like this one is going to stick.
(Imagine us lowering our eyes and shaking our head side to side with a tinge of melancholy and disappointment as we type these next words) Davey, Davey, Davey. We wish that we didn't have to explain this to you, but changing your mind only works one time. Now everybody is just confused, and you look like some appointee unqualified for the demands of your position. Oh, wait...
In a statement, Paterson said that, although there were concerns raised about last week's announcement, “I have determined that a Special Election on Primary Day is the most cost-effective, expeditious way to ensure that the people of the 38th District are appropriately represented in the Assembly.”
In other words, after officially checking with the leaders of the Democratic Party to figure out what his position should be, Paterson has been told that a special election is indeed the way to go.