In a regular year the entire city council going up for reelection would be enough to capture the attention of those New Yorkers invested in hometown politics. However, this is far from a regular year. Each week news on the economy or the spreading swine flu sends candidates for a variety of offices scrambling to out-maneuver each other as they jockey for position heading into the summer.
In the Comptroller’s race City Councilman David Yassky, the only Brooklyn candidate, won endorsements from the Brooklyn and Manhattan democratic organizations in a show of force leaving many to wonder if it may be enough to help carry the race in November. Yassky might be popular on his home turf, but off it he suffers from a serious lack of name recognition.
His victory should have made big news, but instead it was overshadowed quickly by City Councilman John Liu’s reported landslide victory in Queens, home to three of the four candidates running for the city’s fiscal watchdog position.
There, as last-minute press time reports indicated, Liu absolutely demolished Queens opponents and Council members Melinda Katz and David Weprin in picking up the endorsement of the Queens County democratic organization. The decisive endorsement comes as a surprise in a race with three experienced Queens political operatives who are well-known around their shared borough.
This of course should have made big news if it weren’t for the announcement, expected to be confirmed by a press conference after this paper goes to press, that Congressman Anthony Weiner will not run for Mayor.
Just months ago the race for Mayor was shaping into a fairly solid underdog story featuring Rep. Weiner and current Comptroller William Thompson’s unlikely fight for the Democratic nomination. With Weiner out of the picture, Thompson’s the only one left to go against billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Which brings us full circle to Gracie Mansion’s Mr. Reliable. Somehow through all the twists and turns of an unusually active political season, Mike just keeps on ticking as if running for Mayor of the world’s most important city were nothing but a walk in the park. And for all his nonchalance, and obvious comfort with being the massive frontrunner for a position he created for himself by pushing through a term limit extension, whenever Bloomberg wants to he still steals the spotlight from Yassky, Liu, Weiner and everyone else. Life isn’t fair.