Archive for April 6th, 2005

6th April

First Published in The New York Sun, April 6, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

A few weeks ago, he was Front-Runner Freddy, but now he’s Flip-Flop Freddy, Flub-a-Dub Freddy, and, worse yet, Free-Fall Freddy.

In part, that’s a reminder of the fragility of the early lead in political contests. Four years ago, the suggestion that Michael Bloomberg, a businessman unknown to the vast majority of New Yorkers, would become mayor was laughable. Early last year, local Democrats were elbowing each other to be at the head of the line to support the candidacy of Howard Dean for president. The City Council speaker, Gifford Miller, was recruiting his lemming-like colleagues to line up behind the former Vermont governor, who seemed a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination — until real voters got into the act.