Archive for April 28th, 2005

28th April

First Published in The New York Sun, April 28, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Last week, with my tongue parked firmly in my cheek, I speculated that Fernando Ferrer was following a “Springtime for Freddy” campaign scenario straight out of “The Producers,” a deliberate effort of self-sabotage.After looking at the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll released early yesterday, maybe life really does imitate art.

If the poll results are to be believed, Mr. Ferrer has lost a frightening amount of support.Last month,Mr.Ferrer led the mayor in a head-to-head matchup by a solid seven points. Just a month later, he trails Mr. Bloomberg by 13 points. That is a 20-point movement in just one lunar cycle.There are a few analysts and observers — among them Mayor Koch — who now believe it is possible that Mr. Ferrer might not even make the primary runoff. It was widely believed that, until the flap over Mr. Ferrer’s remarks about Amadou Diallo, the former Bronx borough president was within striking distance of winning the primary outright by reaching the 40% threshold. (more…)