Archive for August 9th, 2005

9th August
2005

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

By Andrew Wolf

Michael Bloomberg won the Republican nomination for mayor last week, having knocked his final opponent, a former council member, Thomas Ognibene, off the September primary ballot due to the lack of adequate signatures on his designating petitions. Mr. Ognibene promises to challenge the decision in federal court, but it is unlikely that he will prevail. He will look for a reprise of the 2000 court decision that ordered Senator McCain back on the GOP presidential primary ballot.This is a long shot at best.

Failing a miracle, this can only be seen as a huge setback for New York Republicans on the right. It demonstrates how far the party has moved back to its liberal Dewey-Rockefeller roots after a generation as a legitimately conservative voice. (more…)