Silver Angst: Bringing New York Media Together
August 25th, 2008
Paul Newell – whose candidacy against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for his State Assembly seat in the 64th district was frequently called a “long-shot bid” at the beginning of the campaign – recently gained some high-profile fans. Newell received the endorsements of both the Times and the Post.
The most interesting thing to glean from this may be that critics on both sides of the political spectrum are dissatisfied with long-time incumbent Silver. But this primary isn’t a two man show-down: Lesser-known candidate Luke Henry is not bowing out.
In response to Newell’s big-name endorsements, the Henry campaign said the Times “is not a predictor of success, particularly in local races” and added that “the New York Post’s endorsement is even less relevant” because “the outwardly conservative editorial board of that publication wants to see Silver out but — we can be fairly sure — does not want to see him replaced by a strong Democrat, and certainly not a true progressive Democrat.”
Facing two challengers in one election surely demonstrates the abundance of negative feelings about Silver – but if the two newbies split the opposition vote, it may be just the thing that lets him keep his seat.
(For more on the contest, see Running Against Albany on the Lower East Side.)By Sara Jerome on August 25, 2008, 3:56 pm
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