WHAT WE’RE THINKING
With less than two weeks to Primary Day we can safely declare that no candidate emerged as a true champion of Sandy impacted areas.
Anthony Weiner snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. He has himself to blame.
Of all the mayoral candidates, he knows Rockaway best. But he blew it.
We forget where we heard it but someone once said no matter how much trouble a family member causes you still open the door for them at 3 o’clock in the morning. We like that. We’ll always allow Anthony in the house, we just won’t endorse him for mayor.
John Liu is also running for mayor. And we mean running about as literally as we can. The guy has been all over the city. According to a report in the New York Times that tracked the public appearances of candidates, Liu has made more than twice (double !) the number of public appearances than any other candidate. And he hasn’t overlooked Rockaway. He’d been here before he announced and since.
A former colleague on the City Council told us he was the hardest working member of the Council. He’s the energizer bunny. And when it’s time to rest, he said if he’s elected mayor the first vacation he’ll take will be in Rockaway.
But it’s difficult to get past the fact that his former campaign treasurer was convicted of fraud. We know he himself was never charged but he’s a money guy, right? The Comptroller is a watchdog of city finances. He couldn’t keep an eye on his own treasurer? It’s possible he was simply a victim.
Sal Albanese has been here. He came to The Wave for a second time on Wednesday soon after getting an endorsement from retired firefighter hero, Pete Hayden. He was the first candidate to visit The Wave and has been with locals pushing for better transit options. On his second visit here, he offered really interesting ideas and proposals. Sometimes we think the only knock against him is lousy poll numbers.
Bill De Blasio hasn’t set foot on Rockaway west of Beach 20th Street. That’s pretty much ignoring 90,000 people. No way for him.
Christine Quinn: She played the term limits game and should not be rewarded.
Bill Thompson. We called him out on a few missteps and he and his staff responded. (We never did hear from De Blasio’s people after calling him out). He’s been to Rockaway and submitted a Rockaway-specific article to The Wave. Too bad we had to call him out in the first place.
As far as Republicans, The Wave supports Joe Lhota. That was easy.