Jarrett Murphy, left, of City Limits, and Ben Max, right, of Gotham Gazette
September 28, 2017 - Max & Murphy with Comptroller candidate Michel Faulkner
Comptroller candidate Michel Faulkner, running on the Republican and several other ballot lines, joined Max & Murphy to discuss his candidacy. Faulkner, a pastor, called himself "a proud Frederick Douglass Republican," and explained that he is a "small government conservative" who believes in "individual responsibility." At the same time, he said he is not for dismantling welfare programs, but instead wants to create more opportunity for people to lift themselves out of poverty.
Faulkner believes in "privatizing more things," he said, naming NYCHA as one example, though he does not necessarily believe all of the housing authority should be made private. He said he wants the job of comptroller to improve the city's fiscal management and dismissed the notion that the city has enough saved in rainy day funds as well as the positive ratings that the city has been given by outside financial monitors.
Faulkner argues that incumbent Scott Stringer, the Democrat he is trying to unseat, has not held Mayor Bill de Blasio to account in strong enough fashion, and outlines much more of the rationale for his candidacy.
Listen to the full conversation and let us know what you think -- we're on Twitter @TweetBenMax and @jarrettmurphy. You can hear the episode through the embedded audio below or download it wherever you get your podcasts.