2004-06-11 / Editorial/Opinion

Dem Mayoral Battle Shows Candidate’s Differences

Dem Mayoral Battle Shows Candidate's Differences

While there are many political observers who believe that Mayor Mike Bloomberg has a secure seat in the 2006 mayoral election, two young, high-profile Democratic candidates are gearing up for the challenge. Forget all the other candidates, there are only two who have the money and the juice to make the run, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and Congressman Anthony Weiner. Last week we met Chuck Mera, who will soon become Miller's Chief of Staff and will surely one day work on Miller's mayoral campaign. We explained that we did not believe that Miller can win because he is in the morally-decrepit mold of Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Ruth Messinger and Mark Green, all repudiated by city voters. A recent incident points out the differences between Miller and Weiner. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is attempting to tie up the New York City Police Department in knots for the coming Republican Convention, which will be held at Madison Square Garden in late August and early September. The NYCLU has gone to Federal District Court and found a kindred spirit in Judge Robert Sweet. The organization demands a number of things that are notoriously stupid in this day of rampant terrorism. They want to stop the NYPD from checking the protestors coming into the demonstration area. That means, no personal checks, no checks of pocket books or backpacks, nothing. They demand that the NYPD allow demonstrators free access without blocking streets or using the metal barriers for crowd control, as the police have successfully done in the past. They want the judge to outlaw the use of mounted units during the demonstration. In our minds, the NYCLU wants New York City to commit suicide. The group that is demonstrating, United For Peace And Justice, has a history of violence in cities around the world. While many in that organization are planning a peaceful demonstration, there are many within the group that want nothing but confrontation and plans to test the city's will to defend itself. In addition, others with more deadly agendas can infiltrate the legitimate demonstrators and wreck havoc on the city and its residents. The difference on this issue between the two Democrats running for mayor is clear. Weiner believes that the court should allow the NYPD to make its own decisions on how the demonstrations should be controlled to preserve order. Miller, on the other hand believes that the NYPD needs to be controlled. He called on the NYPD to "curb its use of crowd control" for the demonstration. It is clear to us from this one issue that Miller is a politician on the make and not one who is fit to be mayor.

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