A Primary Prayer: Let us now relate the power of this day’s holiness, for it is awesome and frightening. On Primary Day it will be inscribed and on Election Day it will be sealed how many will pass into and out of elected office. Who will lose at their predestined time and who before their time. Who by petition challenges, who by voting, who by court decisions, and who by media meltdowns. Who will rest and who will wander, who will live in harmony and who will be harried, who will enjoy tranquility and who will suffer, who will be impoverished and who will be enriched. Who will win and who will lose:
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Jim Alesi - The former state senator left public service at the end of 2012 under a mixed bag of praise and criticism. He was loved by some for being the first Republican state senator to come out publicly for the Marriage Equality Act. He was hated by others. But his decision not to seek re-election was probably more driven by the fact he sued one of his own constituents after he broke his leg while trespassing on said constituents property. So a skeptic might suggest Alesi’s vote for same sex marriage, even if it was a vote of conscious, was also an opportunity to gain a close and powerful friend in Andrew Cuomo. This week Alesi landed a 90k plus job on the state’s Unemployment Insurance Board–thanks to Cuomo. All we can say is: well played.
Maurice Carroll - Are the polls right? Are they wrong? The pollsters obviously want to get the best results they can, but even if they don’t end up accurately predicting the final outcome in the big races in New York City and elsewhere, they’re still making a splash and dominating the headlines. And perhaps none of the pollsters—or spokesmen for them—is getting more ink than the always quote-worthy Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Joe Lhota - The Republican primary is without question the undercard on the ballot next Tuesday, but Lhota continues to poll well nonetheless, outpacing his rival John Catsimatidis, 48 percent to 24. While Lhota can’t match Catsimatidis’ wealth, a report this week revealed billionaire Republican David Koch gave $290,000 to a PAC supporting Lhota, allowing him to run some last-minute advertisements before the primary. The late cash infusion and a promised cameo appearance from former mayor Rudy Giuliani on the campaign trail this weekend should solidify Lhota’s standing in the race.
Tom Suozzi - It’s no surprise that the former Nassau County executive is the candidate most likely to win the Democratic primary on his attempted path back to the office he once held. But his 33-point lead over primary rival Adam Haber in a recent poll shows just how popular he is among Democratic voters out on Long Island. Plus, with polling showing him in a virtual tie with the current incumbent, Republican County Executive Ed Mangano, Suozzi’s going to need every vote he can get in the general election.
Anthony Weiner - Weiner continues to make headlines in the mayoral race even as he wallows at the bottom of the Democratic pack. This week, Weiner took on a heckler at a Brooklyn bakery, who baited him by insulting his wife and heckling him about his personal infidelities. We all are experiencing a bit of Weiner fatigue at this juncture of the race, but in this instance there’s no downside to him taking on an obnoxious man on his moral high horse. Barring a huge upset, this incident could be the last moment in the spotlight for Weiner’s bizarre campaign.
Amy Loprest - It was the Tuesday night after Labor Day and many journalists and political gurus were well rested from their long weekends and in a feisty mood for the final mayoral debate. But our collective snark was not just for the candidates. Most of it was aimed at the debate moderators and organizers as the 90-minute (60 minutes on TV) get together routinely devolved into a chaotic mess with Anthony Weiner doing color commentary (as one tweeter commented) and John Liu attacking the Campaign Finance Board repeatedly for not giving him matching funds and for denying Erick Salgado and Sal Albanese a place on the stage. Amy Loprest, the Executive Director of the Board, probably wished the CFB had left Liu and Weiner out of the debate as well–like it did with George McDonald in the GOP debate later in the week amid more controversy. Democracy in action!
Christine Quinn - Not that Christine Quinn! Albany County Deputy Executive Christine Quinn, who shares the same name as the New York City Council Speaker, was arrested this week on charges that she convinced a nurse to give her hundreds more pills of Ritalin than her prescription allowed. Although the collaring of Quinn, who makes over $100K a year in her post, would have made local news regardless, thanks to her having the same name as the mayoral candidate, millions of people in New York City learned about the other Quinn’s sudden legal woes too.
Ydanis Rodriguez - Add Councilman Rodriguez to the annals of New York City elected officials getting big bucks in public matching funds, despite light opposition and a whopping fundraising advantage over his opponents. Rodriguez’s rivals for his seat cried foul this week when the councilman received almost $80K in matching funds, despite having a war chest of over $123,000. His virtually unknown challengers have a point. So what was the CFB’s reason for their largess? One of Rodriguez’s opponents, a woman named Francesca Castellanos Rodriguez has the same last name as the councilman, so voters could get confused, and as a result the councilman deserves the public’s money to ensure the electorate is properly informed that they are two different people. We think the only confusion voters are likely to have is why their taxpayer dollars are going to this senseless giveaway.
Eliot Spitzer - The former gov is looking for love in all the wrong places. He complemented disgraced former Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s record as a housing chair, even though the pol resigned from office amid sexual harassment rumors. He’s reached out to Lopez allies, state Sen. Martin Dilan and Councilman Erik Dilan, for support. He hired former Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, who put her ex-boyfriends and her family on a taxpayer-funded payroll. And his once mighty lead in the polls has dwindled to a dead heat. The Spitz could use a shvitz after this election.
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