2010-10-01 / Editorial/Opinion
With One Month To Go, Confusion Reigns
One month from tomorrow, you will be trooping to the polls to vote in the general election. Or, at least we hope you will. This is a strange election as elections go, with a new voting system that is sure to cause confusion and consternation at the polls and more challenges to incumbents than we have seen in recent years. Virtually everybody is angry at the powersthat be. Both houses of Congress have the lowest approval rating in the history of approval ratings. The New York State legislature has even lower numbers, with some of our local state legislators under investigation by state and federal authorities. In the local Senate race, we have a politically-appointed novice running against a Republican/Conservative who served one term in the House and then was turned out by the voters in his district. For Governor we have a Democratic powerhouse insider who so far in the campaign has refused to come out and play. He is opposed by a Republican Tea Party darling who often shoves his foot in his mouth and who seems to be, at turns, both anti-Semitic and anti-senior. In the House of Representatives race in the east end, we have a Democrat who is under investigation by everybody and who now is accused of ties to a man who leads at least two terrorist organizations running against an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn with no ties whatsoever to the Rockaway peninsula. At the western end of the peninsula we have a Republican who lives in the gated community of Breezy Point but has no ties to Rockaway in terms of his prior activism running against a long-term Democrat who wants to run for mayor in a few years. ’Tis puzzling. In any case, don’t let the confusion stop you from voting. Look for The Wave’s endorsements in the October 29 issue and get to the polls on November 2.