According the New York Post, Charles Rangel is expected to run for a 23rd term for his Harlem Congressional seat. Despite an ethics scandal in 2010, Rangel has twice been re-elected since. At 83 years old one might be expected to be bidding adieu to the Congressman, but he seems to have more determination and resiliency than a hockey masked serial killer chasing co-eds through the woods
It was over 40 years ago that Rangel disposed of the legendary Adam Clayton Powell Jr. So in 2014 who will step up to be the Rangel to Rangel’s Powell or is Rangel not even Powell? Perhaps Rangel is our first immortal member of Congress-holding on to his office until the sun burns out and the Earth is a cold barren wasteland or cool ski destination for vacationing space aliens.
Mayor Bloomberg was reportedly playing golf in Bermuda after learning that a Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx-killing four people and injuring dozens of more. Now no one expected the diminutive sized billionaire to personally carry the hurt to the hospital, but come on Mikey-you still have a freaking job to do. Perhaps you’re just bored biding your time during this transition period until Bill de Blasio takes over, but being a lame duck is not an excuse for giving the appearance of indifference to the concerns of citizens. You are more than entitled to your vacation time, but if this was the private sector-say like your media company, and an executive decided that their recreational activity took priority over responding to an emergency, they would be kicked to the curb faster than a broken umbrella during a rainstorm. At least pretend to care until January gets here.
Mayor Bloomberg met with Mayor-elect Bill de blasio at City Hall in a symbolic beginning of the transition process, and there did not appear to be an exciting reaction from either party. Bloomberg looked a little displeased ( we won’t have what he’s having) because let’s face it-in his eyes de blasio is that person who comes into the kitchen to make a sandwich after you’ve washed the dishes and wiped down the counter. Bloomberg is worried that de blasio is going to dirty up all he’s accomplished during his very very…very long tenure as New York City’s chief executive. The challenge for de Blasio is to deliver on his campaign promises while preserving the gains the city has made-this means try not to make a mess.
Last night Bill de Blasio was elected Mayor, leading New York City Democrats from the wilderness that had kept them out of the mayor’s office for the past twenty years, and while he campaigned to the left of his primary opponents, and as the progressive candidate captured city hall, time will only tell how progressive or liberal de blasio actually is. A main feature of his campaign was a tax on the wealthy to help fund universal pre-kindergarten and reforming the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk tactic, and while those can certainly be labeled progressive or liberal leaning, the rhetoric from his detractors and tabloid headlines made it seem like de Blasio was the liberal equivalent of Frankenstein’s monster. So what will a de Blasio mayoralty really be like? The proof will be in the pudding called governing.
In other election day news- Leticia James became the first African American woman elected to citywide office-becoming the new Public Advocate. Longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes was routed by Ken Thompson, and luck was a lady for Governor Andrew Cuomo as voters approved a ballot initiative that will expand casino gambling in New York State.
In the words of famed sportscaster Marv Albert “It has come down to this.” After all the campaign ads, debates, sexting ex-congressmen, and giant afros-it’s time to vote. The big contest is the race for mayor, but there are various city council races across the city, a contest for Brooklyn District Attorney, and a ballot initiative to expand casino gambling statewide. Today is your day to be heard, so go out there and get your democracy on and vote, and like a true New Yorker- do it with some attitude. No smiling while entering and leaving the voting booth-this is serious business, so hold the pleasantries and have your game face correct. Now let’s do this.
Bill de Blasio was so close to becoming the next Mayor of New York-but the NY POST, in an exclusive story, has revealed that de Blasio as a college student visited the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. We must give thanks to our American loving God and the ghost of Ronald Reagan that this troubling matter was discovered just in time to save our fair city from this red scourge. What in the name of Mikhail Gorbachev was de Blasio thinking? Did he really believe that he could fool us? Perhaps he should take a hike to Mother Russia, as it’s now automatic that Lhota will overcome his 40 point deficit in the polls and ride into city hall on a wave of freedom,liberty and apple pie. USA USA USA.
NY POST endorses Joe Lhota
This week’s edition of New York Magazine featured Bill de Blasio with his wife and children on the cover, cementing their status as post modern interracial Huxtables.
The Huxtables were an upper middle class African American family featured on the super popular 80s sitcom The Cosby Show. Like Heathcliff and Clair Huxatable (portrayed by Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad) the de Blasios are an accomplished couple living in Brownstone Brooklyn with charming kids- a son with afro and charisma that rivals Malcolm Jamal Warner in his prime and their daughter’s bohemian sensibility and knack for wearing flowered headbands channels Lisa Bonet at her best. As the de Blasios pass around celebratory jello pudding on election night, just remember that Mayor Bloomberg will be sitting somewhere reflecting on his legacy, but unlike another rich New Yorker -Mr. Drummond from Different Strokes, there was no Arnold or Willis to teach him that the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum.