2000-12-09 / Letters

Bill For Mayor?

Dear Editor;

What has former Wave editor Kevin Boyle wrought? Two months ago, he suggested in an article to The Washington Post that President Clinton should consider running for Mayor of New York City next year. Since then, columnists have speculated on this possibility without giving Mr. Boyle credit for the idea, which has reached the point where a majority of New York City Democrats are reported in favor.

If Mr. Boyle is invited to spend Inauguration Day (whenever it occurs) with the Clintons, we have a Mayor President Clinton in our future, with Kevin Boyle as his press secretary.

The question is not why would Mr. Clinton want to be mayor but why wouldn’t he? As mayor, he retains an active role in national as well as city politics and with Senator First Lady Clinton, will rule the Democratic Party in New York, or perhaps New Arkansas in a year or two.

As mayor, Mr. Clinton will have easy access to the national media and the big time sources of campaign contributions—Wall Street, corporations, unions, lawyers—with side trips to Hollywood—that will be tapped to put a Clinton spokesperson—Harold Ickes in Albany as our next Democratic governor. With their man in Albany, the Clinton’s will have consolidated their hold on politics in the Empire State.

As governor, Mr. Ickes would deliver New York to Mrs. Clinton at the next Democratic National Convention, and would also serve as chief Clinton lieutenant in lining up support from Democratic governors around the country. The election of Mrs. Clinton as our president in 2004 would open up the New York Senate seat once more and Governor Ickes would, of course, appoint Mr. Clinton to succeed Mrs. Clinton in the Senate, where he would serve until President Hillary Rodham Clinton names him Chief Justice of the United States.

Indeed, what has Kevin Boyle wrought? At least he might get Mayor President Clinton to settle the Dayton Seaside taxes and improve transportation to Rockaway.


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