Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Latest Political Rumblings

The Republicans are currently searching for a candidate for Comptroller against Elliott Auerbach.  Although Auerbach is very beatable, no candidates have come forward thus far.  Jim Quigley has been repeatedly approached, but seems uninterested at this time.

Now, some Democrats (likely realizing how beatable Auerbach is this year) are pressing Republicans to cross endorse the incumbent Comptroller in exchange for a Democrat endorsement of County Clerk Postupack. 

I truly hope that Republicans reject this offer and come up with a solid candidate for Comptroller.  Nina Postupack was overwhelmingly reelected County Clerk the last time out and has no clear competition.  She has been a strong County Clerk and is exceedingly popular.  With her and Family Court Judge Mizel at the top of the ballot, the Republicans could present a very solid ticket.  By adding a good candidate for Comptroller, the Republicans could start a strong wave of votes that would likely keep the Legislature Majority and maybe even pick up a seat or two.

If the Republicans fail to present a solid candidate for Comptroller and cross endorse the Democrat incumbent, any momentum from the top of the ticket evaporates.  The odds are that --under such a scenario-- the turnout would be very low and the Democrats would retake the Majority of the Legislature.

Imagine a scenario with a really strong candidate for Comptroller such as John Guerin.  The top of the ticket would be Mizel-Postupak-Guerin and be the start of great excitement for Republican voters.  In such a scenario, the Republicans win all 3 of these elections and use that momentum to keep and strengthen the Legislature Majority.  Moreover, the victorious candidate for Comptroller (in this case Guerin) would be considered the next most likely County Executive after Mike Hein. 

Time will tell if the Republicans take advantage of this opportunity or squander it with a political deal.


Rumors have started surfacing regarding Terry Bernardo and her legislative seat.  Most are untrue.  Allow me to explain.

First, the rumor that Terry Bernardo has resigned is patently false.  She continues to serve as County Legislator and Chair of the Legislature.

Second, the rumor that Troy Dunn is planning to run against Terry Bernardo is also false.  My understanding is that Mr. Dunn (a very strong candidate in his own right) is considering a run for the seat in 2015 if Terry Bernardo chooses not to run.  There is not going to be a Republican Primary between those two.

Third, no Democratic candidate has announced his or her candidacy.  The only candidate who has announced for the seat is the enrolled Republican who challenged Legislator Bernardo in the 2011 Republican Primary and the 2009 and 2011 General Elections.  Considering that Terry Bernardo won the 2011 primary with 71.8% of the vote (268-105) and the 2011 General Election with 76.4% of the vote (943-292), it is unlikely that Terry Bernardo will lose to this candidate.  {The 2009 general election is not a fair comparison of the vote as this was during the time of multi-member districts.  The count though was 3605 to 1719}


As more political rumblings start to surface, I will address them.  These are the only ones of note right now.  To be fair, it is VERY early in the political year , but I will keep my ear to the ground.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Win Against the Nanny State

I was very pleased that Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling tossed out the soda ban passed by the New York City Health Department.  It is about time someone put the brakes on out of control government.

Tingling wrote in his opinion that the rules are "arbitrary and capricious," applying to only certain beverages and only certain stores.  "The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of this rule," he wrote, complaining of "uneven enforcement even within a particular City block, much less the City as a whole." 

Basically, using constitutional language, the Judge found that there was no rational basis for this legislation.  He also ruled that such legislation should be considered by the City Council and not a Board made up of people handpicked by Mayor Bloomberg.

Bloomberg has of course announced that the City will appeal claiming the decision was "clearly an error".  Since Mr. Bloomberg is not an attorney, he has little basis for his comment.  Truth be told, he is used to getting his way and is angry that the Constitution got in his way.  When you are worth $27 billion dollars, you usually get your own way.

Regardless, I am thrilled that overly intrusive government was dealt a set back.  I hope the Appellate Division affirms the decision.  One way or the other, the ruling of Judge Tingling is a victory for freedom and a strong stand against dictatorial government seeking to trample the Constitution.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Too Little Too Late

It seems that Senator Skelos now wants to make substantial amendments to the SAFE Act.  Keep in mind that he voted in favor of this bad piece of legislation.  Further keep in mind that as Majority Leader, he could have stopped the legislation from ever going to the floor for a vote. He did not have the guts to stand up to Cuomo.

Now, he is posturing on his position because his position as majority leader is in jeopardy.  It is too little and too late.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Comptroller Candidates in 2013

Thus far, no names have surfaced for Comptroller to challenge a VERY vulnerable incumbent. 

I would like to hear from you who you think should challenge for the seat.  Do not just give a name.  Offer a name and some reasons why he or she would be a good candidate and why he or she would win.