Skip to comments.Losers abound in NY politics this year
Posted on 12/21/2009 8:20:09 PM PST by neverdem
'Tis the season . . . to pick the winners and losers in state politics during a very turbulent 2009 -- and what a banner year for losers it has been.
The people of New York are, again, the biggest losers -- burdened as they are with "leaders" who raised taxes and fees $8 billion during one of the worst recessions ever, a dysfunctional Legislature, and an unelected governor who plumbed record-low approval ratings in the polls.
The annual list was put together with the help of public officials, government bureaucrats, lobbyists, union leaders and journalists, all of whom talked candidly in exchange for anonymity.
* Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the most popular political figure in the state and an all-but-announced candidate for governor in 2010. He enjoys a more than 40-point lead over Gov. Paterson.
* US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who was inexplicably plucked by Paterson from the obscurity of an upstate congressional seat to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton.
* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan,) widely seen as the only genuinely competent member of the "three men in a room" team that governs the state.
* Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long, who reminded Republicans in the 23rd Congressional District special election that his party's support can make or break a GOP candidate.
Other winners include appointed Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch; city Comptroller Bill Thompson, whose surprisingly strong showing against Mayor Bloomberg has positioned him to take on Gillibrand; and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
* Paterson, who a year ago was one of the most popular figures in the state but who lost that good will amid the Caroline Kennedy Senate fiasco, a secretly formulated, record-high budget, $8 billion in new taxes and fees, and a general sense of incompetence.
* Bloomberg, whose surprisingly narrow election...
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Crooked, but competent. That just about sums up the cream of the crop for our esteemed polits in Albany. All the rest are just plain crooked, without competency.
What a mess!