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Election 2010: NYTimes Endorsements, what were they smoking?

September 7, 2010

The NYTimes encouraged voters “to vote against anyone that has done time in Albany” and “most legislators in Albany to find work elsewhere,” citing there are “few good senators” while endorsing Republican Rick Lazio for governor over Buffalo realtor, Carl Paladino.

And reminded readers how   Paladino   demeaned Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver,  when he defended  the “Antichrist” and  “Hitler”  comments  that his friend County Executive Chris Collins made as merely a joke.  While the salacious e-mails he sent to his friends, depicting pornography, bestiality and degrading  President Barack Obama Times editors viewed as both “incidents to disqualify him from office.”

And to avoid  a national embarrassment through the Paladino candidacy  they endorsed Lazio as the candidate  with less than $1 million dollars to  challenge Andrew Cuomo,  the  front-runner nominee with over $20 million.

Times Editors sound a little desperate to me if $$$ is the name of the game certainly Paladino would give Cuomo more of a run for his money. Lazio doesn’t exactly have an angelic past as the Village Voice article cited since he has been a long-time servant of the exploiting class.

And it didn’t mince words when mentioning Senate Majority Leader, Pedro Espada, Jr. from the Bronx, running a “sleazy campaign,” “threatening voters” while endorsing his opponent Gustavo Rivera for the Senate District 33 in the Bronx.

The editors criticized how Espada allegedly “forced” his colleagues to give him a “fancy title” of Majority Leader of course. Never mind Puerto Ricans and Latinos shut out from political triumvirate of –Paterson, Silver, and Smith–the three men in the room.

In the 15th Congressional seat, fearing Rangel may abdicate to allow the party to choose his successor in a speedy special election,  they endorsed an African-American female Joyce Stanley Johnson over  banker Vincent Morgan, African-American, Jonathan Tasini, Jewish, “a perennial” liberal and Dominican Ruben Vargas, a campaign familiar.  While Adam Clayton Powell, IV  NY Times Editors made it seem he has done little in Albany, showing “no  reason for voters to promote him.” All comments not very fair to the ones running.

From all the candidates it seems Powell  IV has the most cash at hand while Tasini and Morgan had accrued larger money receipts, according to the website Campaign Money. com, and  it has yet to record any  amount from Johnson or Vargas.

Rangel has  the most cash on hand as much as $635, 292 and almost $2 million in his total money receipts. But he has mounting legal fees to defend himself in his legal battle to save face in his personal corruption scandal in the House.

The Latino vote to split between Rangel, Powell IV and Vargas, (Rangel and Powell IV, both have African-American and Puerto Rican parents while Vargas is Dominican). It’s challenging to predict a winner here but Powell IV is going all out on this one more of a mission for him in the end ethnicity (African-American and Latino) and name recognition may be the decisive factor in tandem with who has the most $$$!

Dominican Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat  NY Times Editors endorsed for the State Senate District 31, replacing Senator Eric Schneiderman one of the five contenders seeking the office of attorney general.

Don’t know who to vote for in the Assembly races? why bother since “there are not enough real contests” simply “vote against the incumbents,” the NY Times Editors advised as well.

The exception is   Senator Schneiderman who the editors of the NY Times endorsed earlier on August 20,  viewed him as  more committed to “ethical, clean and transparent  government”   able  “to attack the culture of corruption in Albany, protect consumers,  the environment, and promote civil rights.”

Some may argued Senator Schneiderman is part of the culture of corruption though he may be good at protecting the consumer and the  environment,  promoting civil rights may prove to be an iffy area for him.

Others in the Puerto Rican community may look upon his zest to expel former Senator Hiram Monserrate as a bit over zealous for someone aspiring to the highest legal post in the State.

Though many disagreed with the behavior of former Senator Hiram Monserrate in the domestic abuse case before he took office in Albany on December 2008, he had his day in court, and judgement rendered.

And had it been a felony instead of a misdemeanor, the legislature would have had more legal grounds for his expulsion from the Senate. But neither the State Constitution or legislature have precedent for ousting one from political office on a misdemeanor conviction.

It may well be best for voters to look at the others running in the primary for attorney general as Senator Schneiderman’s involvement in the  ousting of Senator Monserrate troubling.

And, one only needs to hear  Monserrate’s speech to his colleagues in the Senate before ousted to understand the necessity for an attorney general to exercise the kind of impartiality the office behooves, something Schneiderman may have a problem with as the top legal dog of the State.

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