2013-09-13 / Editorial/Opinion

On The Merits

We endorsed Sal Albanese who barely registered in the final polls. We don’t think it was a wasted vote. Far from it.

We print here Sal’s letter to The Wave:

I called you last week to express my gratitude for the Wave endorsement but you were out of town. Please extend my thanks to your entire team. The language was so uplifting that I will laminate it and hang it on my wall.

Election night I mentioned how my campaign was ignored by the mainstream press just like neighborhoods in the Rockaways are an afterthought for officialdom.

Despite having over 1100 contributors and mentioned as thought leaders on education and transportation we had to battle to get into forums and debates. We were never able to gain traction because the many people I met during the campaign and forums who mentioned that they liked my message and independence wondered why we were hardly mentioned by the press. Of course that creates a feedback loop that we did not have a "viable" campaign which further erodes fund raising and undermined our effort to receive matching public dollars.

As you know, I was excluded from the most widely watched debate in August. Even the NY Times wrote an editorial expressing their amazement at my exclusion. Clyde Haberman of the Times was on TV a couple of days ago and said that the press was culpable in ignoring my campaign.

I can only attribute this type of disenfranchisement to being a political outsider. I am a firm believer that the political class is only interested in self perpetuation. Solving problems and addressing real issues is a secondary concern. Pointing this out does not make one popular amongst lobbyists and power brokers.

The Wave's endorsement was based on the merits. A rare dynamic in today's political climate. You guys are a rare breed. I will always be proud to have received it. I will stay in touch! – Sal Albanese

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