2010-10-29 / Editorial/Opinion

A Strange Year For Making Endorsements

It has been The Wave’s tradition to endorse political candidates in this, the final edition prior to Election Day. It is the time to show our appreciation or our deprecation. This year, however, there are many races in which the choice is between bad and worse, and we refuse to endorse somebody whom we believe to be inimical to the community good. That is true of most of the state-wide races. We cannot in good conscience endorse any of the gubernatorial candidates, because neither of the two major candidates – Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino – is adequate to the job and the minor candidates, while entertaining, are one-line jokes. Likewise, in the Attorney General race, the Democratic candidate is much too liberal and the Republican candidate much too conservative. While we usually lean to the left, a candidate who lionizes Al Sharpton is not one we want to see in office. As to the Senatorial races, Kirsten Gillibrand is the invention of the vile state Democrats and her opponent is a funny guy, but hardly Senatorial material. Why not vote for Congressman Gregory Meeks or State Senator Malcolm Smith? Let me count the ways. Both of them are so tangled in controversy and possible criminality that they should be dispatched immediately by the voters, if not the courts. Unfortunately, none of their opponents is worthy of being elected to anything. As for Comptroller, there is no clear choice, but we lean toward Tom DiNapoli, who seems to be doing a decent job. We don’t want to discourage you from voting. There are some choices you can make personally based on your political proclivities and personal likes and dislikes. Go to the polls and vote your conscience. Having said that, there are two endorsements that we can proudly make. Congressman Anthony Weiner for the House of Representatives, District 9. Weiner has been our Congressman for some time now and has worked tirelessly for Rockaway, whether it be new sand for our beaches or a new firehouse for the Broad Channel Volunteers. His opponent, Breezy Point resident Bob Turner, has never been involved in community activism and apparently wants to start near the top. Not this year.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer for the Assembly, District 23. We often rile against Pheffer and her commitment to Sheldon Silver and the Democratic Assembly majority, but she has always been here when we need her – from the surfing beach to the Cross Bay Bridge tolls to advocating for senior citizens. Her opponent, Dr. Harold Paez, is a bright, young guy. He too, however, has never been involved in community affairs. Pheffer deserves her last-goround before her retirement.

On the two questions, which can be found on the rear side of the ballot, we urge a Yes vote on both the term limits question and the administrative questions.

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