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|Not in the Cards |
A year ago, six months ago, the political experts were sure they knew how things would go. By Super Tuesday, Clinton would be the Democratic nominee. Giuliani would be the Republican. And just for good measure, and because he saw an opening, Bloomberg would jump into the race too, as a self-financed independent.
All the campaign headquarters were going to be within walking distance of subway stops.
All the town's political consultants were going to be flush with business.
All the local reporters were going to go national.
Oh, the drama.
Oh, the frequent flier miles out of JFK, the stump speeches in Central Park, the Statue of Liberty campaign commercial backdrops, the knishes on the campaign trail, the Big Apple pride.
Oh, the three-way presidential subway series that will not be.
|With or Without Democratic Backing, Baldeo Plans Senate Rematch || |
Albert Baldeo does not care that state and local Democratic leaders want him to stay out of the race against State Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Queens). After surprising nearly everyone with the margin of his loss to Maltese in 2006-with virtually no support, he came within 1,000 votes over the ten-term incumbent-Baldeo is determined to run again, and is revving up for a largely self-financed insurgent campaign for the Democratic nomination.
He will be
in the race no matter what, he said, and is willing to devote his own money and much of his time to fighting all the way to November."The voters in the district want change," he said. "We are here for reform. We are not beholden to special interests, lobbyists and Democratic bosses."
Click here to read "With or Without Democratic Backing, Baldeo Plans Senate Rematch."
|Recchia Says Slow and Steady Will Win the Race || |
Council Member Domenic Recchia (D-Brooklyn) is showing signs he is serious about running for Congress against Rep. Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn). He is developing a campaign staff. He has out-raised his likely primary opponent, Brooklyn lawyer Steve Harrison. And his presence is growing on Staten Island-some have even taken to calling him Coney Island Dom, he said.
Unlike Harrison, however, Recchia has yet to put up a campaign website or rack up Democratic club endorsements. Nor has he moved into the district-though he currently lives only 20 feet
outside the boundary, though he does not legally have to reside in the district in order to run for or serve as its member of Congress.
But he is not worried. Click here to find out why and read "Recchia Says Slow and Steady Will Win the Race."