2012-03-30 / Letters

Politics As Usual

Dear Editor,

In all the day to day media coverage of City Hall and municipal government, everyone is aware that current NYC Comptroller John Liu will be running for Mayor in the 2013 Democratic Party primary. When it comes to discussing who might succeed current NYC Comptroller John Liu, there are a number of Democrats whose names come up. They include, but are not limited to, current NYC Council Finance Committee Chairperson Dominick Reccia, former Brooklyn NYC Councilmember David Yassky, former Queens NYC Councilmembers David Weprin and Melinda Katz (the latter three losing the September 2011 Democratic Party Primary to John Lui) along with a number of State Assembly and State Senate members who could toss their respective hats in the ring. Members of the New York State legislature stand for election on even numbered years. Even if running and losing, they still get to continue holding their current public office. You never read or hear about any potential Republican candidates interested in running. I wonder why? The last effective GOP challenger for NYC Comptroller was businessperson Richard Bernstein, who ran with former Mayor Ed Koch in 1981. This also applies to former Brooklyn Democratic Assemblymember Jules Polenetsky who ran for Public Advocate with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 1997. The last Republican NYC Council President Sanford Garelick won in 1969. The last Republican NYC Comptroller was Joseph D. McGoldrick who served from 1938 to 1945.

NYC Council Finance Committee Chairperson Dominick Reccia, based upon recent history, has a difficult task ahead should he desire to run for NYC Comptroller. Past NYC Council Finance Committee Chairperson Herb Berman from Brooklyn lost to Bill Thompson (1993) and David Weprin from Queens lost to John Liu (2001) in their respective Democratic Party primaries.

Democrats are going to support one of their own to end the GOP’s 20-year control of City Hall. The result will be one party control of all three citywide offices along with the City Council. This is a recipe for a return to municipal corruption.

Those who assisted Bloomberg in 2009 by actually endorsing fellow Democrat Bill Thompson for mayor and then sitting on their hands and going through the motions by nominally campaigning for him will not do the same in 2013. Yesterday’s old friends of Bloomberg have become strangers, having no incentive to help him groom a successor.

Democrats will all rally around their own party’s nominee for mayor in 2013. They want a friend in City Hall when running for re-election in 2014.

Bloomberg abandoned the Republican Party whose ballot line he “rented” for convenience in winning a third term. He has continued his past track record of doing little to help finance and run serious Republican challengers against incumbent Democrats.

Bloomberg’s 2009 reelection strategy was deliberate in not spending any significant time campaigning or fundraising for GOP challengers. He didn’t want to increase turnout of registered Democrats or offend incumbent Democrat Party public officials. As a result, he has virtually no GOP allies or minor league bench in City Hall to develop candidates for Mayor, City Comptroller or Public Advocate in 2013.

LARRY PENNER

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