We disrespect and out-and-out put down the post of public advocate a whole lot around here. Really, we elect someone to office who near as we can has one job: preside over City Council meetings. We’re sure there’s lots of other important things that the public advocate is in charge of, but darn if we know what they are.
That said, ever since Betsy Gotbaum left office, the job has continued to attract young and talented elected officials who are more than willing to take the job.
The current public advocate, Bill de Blasio (in case you didn’t know!) of Brooklyn, was a rising star in the City Council before he was elected to his current post, and he is respected enough in political circles that his name is often mentioned when the talk in smoky backrooms turns to just who will replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Now another young face in Brooklyn politics is hinting that he is interested in running for public advocate.
Rumors are starting to circulate that State Senator Daniel Squadron is considering mounting a campaign. Squadron, a former aide to Senator Chuck Schumer (they even wrote a book together, ya’ll!), reportedly threw a fundraiser last week to raise money for a potential run.
Obviously it’s the citywide exposure that draws candidates to the position, because even a borough president gets to throw some taxpayer money around every now and again.
Speaking of citywide races, with Comptroller John Liu expected to leave the post and run for mayor next year, there’s no shortage of interest in his job, either.
Recently, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who gave every indication that he, too, was going to run for mayor, obviously thought better of it and has now focused his energy on slightly less ambitious goals, announcing instead that he would run for city comptroller.
And this week, some local elected officials, including Queens/Manhattan Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, endorsed Stringer. Now, is there anyone out there interested in replacing Stringer? We bet there is!
We sure do love this game of political musical chairs that occurs every election year. Somebody cue the music!