Archive for June, 2005

9th June

First Published in The New York Sun, June 9, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

As I suggested a few weeks ago, the Working Families Party has nominated a placeholder candidate for mayor, an attorney who, I suspect, is eligible to conveniently run for a judicial post come September.This is one of the few ways a candidate can be substituted after the Democrats and Republicans choose their mayoral nominees in the primary.

While the tactic is being interpreted as a “defeat” for Fernando Ferrer, I think that the nomination is worthless to a Democrat. Those who are uncomfortable voting Democratic in the November election, presumably independents and Republicans or moderates of any stripe,will hardly feel more at home in the far left preserves of the Working Families Party, where radicals run free. (more…)

7th June

First Published in The New York Sun, June 7, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

As some suggest that this year’s mayoral election is over, with Mayor Bloomberg certain to slide into a second term in City Hall, others are working very hard to make sure that this doesn’t happen. It has been reported that the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the police union that took the spotlight for providing the venue for Fernando Ferrer’s disastrous Amadou Diallo remarks, is actively raising funds from among its members for the mayor’s main Republican opponent, Thomas Ognibene.

Not that they endorse Mr. Ognibene, mind you. This is just an effort to “level the playing field” against the mayor. Mr. Ognibene is still $200,000 short of the quarter-million he needs to qualify for the 6-to-1 public matching funds that will instantly give him a seven-figure war chest.This may be a drop in the bucket compared with the estimated $100 million that the mayor may end up spending through November, but it could make a huge impact in a Republican primary. (more…)

2nd June

First Published in The New York Sun, June 2, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Gifford Miller weighed in Tuesday on the impressive results from the fourth grade English Language Arts test, concerned that these gains will propel Mayor Bloomberg into a second term. Under any circumstances, this would have been a tough nut for Mr. Miller to crack.

By waiting until two weeks after the fourth grade test results were released, the council speaker lost the immediacy that kept one of his opponents, Rep. Anthony Weiner, in the news for days. (more…)