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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Pataki Won't Challenge Clinton

NY1 reports that Governor Pataki will not challenge Hilary Clinton for her Senate seat in 2006. Excerpt:

Pataki: No, you know, four years ago when Senator Clinton was running for the first time and Mayor [Rudolph] Giuliani couldn't run because of prostate cancer, a lot of people said, 'Well you should step in and run.' I just have not been someone who wants to be a legislator. I do not want to be a United States Senator. I have a job that I am very proud to have and very grateful to the people of New York because they've given me this tremendous honor of being their governor... I certainly have no expectation that I will run for the Senate in 2006 and 2008, or any time thereafter."

It's still dubious how much of an actual threat he would have posed to Clinton, but now, unless Giuliani decided to challenge her, she should easily win re-election.

NY1's Dominic Carter goes on to say that Pataki "also declared while he has had a good working relationship with potential opponent Eliot Spitzer, he's heard concerns that the state Attorney General's crackdown on Wall Street could hurt business in the state."

Even if Spitzer's completely justified, well-waged, and historic campaign against bad business practices on Wall Street is something that hurts business in the state, at least he's doing something on behalf of his constituents that doesn't involve slapping his face on a national tragedy to gain political clout.

Friday, January 14, 2005

In The Running?

The NY Post gossips that "Tipper Gore is telling friends that Al is eyeing another race..." Add him to two people reportedly already eyeing the Democratic nomination four years out, John Kerry and Hilary Clinton, and you've got to wonder when someone not associated with stinging Democratic losses or scandals of the past is going to emerge. It would be really nice to have a candidate that can stand freshly on his or her own two feet without that kind of baggage. Four years may seem like a long time, but it's going to sneak up on us if we're not ready. And if we're not ready, we'll lose.

So who else is there? A few names being thrown around are Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and Virginia Governor Mark Warner. How coincidental could it be that each of those Dems is from a red state?

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Bloomberg's State Of The City

Mayor Bloomberg gave his State Of The City address today. He outlined his goals to improve public safety, quality of life, and eduation and also proposed new tax breaks. He also took a shot at Washington DC on funding:

'New York is protecting the nation, not just itself, and Washington has got to do its part too,' said Bloomberg. 'New York City can't be short-changed any more. Enough.'"

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller quickly replied. Excerpt:

'We heard today about Mayor Bloomberg's version of a city of opportunity, but the reality of his record is that the mayor hasn't extended that opportunity to all New Yorkers, because the mayor's priorities aren't New York's priorities,' said the Speaker."

The campaign has now begun... well, not really. It started quite some time ago, but now the media will start paying attention.

By the way, have you heard the rumor (NY Post) that Bloomberg is thinking about running or President? Since when does the mayor of a mere metropolis think he can go to the White House? Oh, wait...

Dean Announces

Governor Dean announced his candidacy for the Chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee today. Excerpt:

That word—'values'—has lately become a codeword for appeasement of the right-wing fringe. But when political calculations make us soften our opposition to bigotry, or sign on to policies that add to the burden of ordinary Americans, we have abandoned our true values."

"We cannot let that happen. And we cannot just mouth the words. Our party must speak plainly and our agenda must clearly reflect the socially progressive, fiscally responsible values that bring our party—and the vast majority of Americans—together."

"All of this will require both national perspective and local experience. I know what it's like to lead hands-on at the state level and I know what it's like to run for national office."

Kevin Drum lists some good basic arguments for Dean's candidacy. Perhaps the best is this:

He's not afraid to speak out. He'll beat up on the opposition, he'll stir the pot, and he'll say interesting things. He's also shown that he's willing to say things to Democrats that they need to hear too, whether they like it or not."