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It wasnt just the GOPs chances
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Many are saying that Public Advocate
Now, Green must wait more than a year for
Greens best hope, some say, is if Council Speaker Peter Vallone also goes for the Mayoral nomination and gets into a Battle of Queens with Hevesi that leaves the two of them too bloodied to beat Green for the nomination.
Other hidden losers as a result of
Giulianis dropping out of the race are some of the Citys leading scribes who
are preparing books on
Wayne Barrett of The Village Voice, the alternative weeklys dogged nemesis of all Mayors, has been feverishly working on a Rudy biography that should suffer as the Mayor fades from the limelight in the coming months and as New Yorkers suffer Rudy burnout after the circus atmosphere of the past few weeks dies out.
With revelations of current and former girlfriends now out in the open, an ex-wife who was actually his cousin, a cancer scare and a more emotionally honest Rudy pouring his heart out to the press, what more drama could a book uncover?
And if it does, will anyone care anymore?
Andrew Kirtzman, NY1s political analyst, was also preparing a dueling Rudy biography and Michael Tomasky, New York magazines erudite political columnist, had begun work on a book pitched to the Rudy-Hillary battle.
All three of these writers must be feeling a little blue this week. But, it seems, its better to be blue in NY politics these days, than Green.
Here Comes The Chancellor
Who are the most nervous people in town these days? Probably school principals and janitors now that take-no-prisoners Chancellor Harold Levy was unanimously voted in for a two-year term.
The Upper West Side former Citigroup lawyer is looking to make sweeping changes on all levels and does not brook any glitches, no matter how trivial they may seem.
In a visit to his former junior high last week, Levy was upset by a broken drinking fountain and at another school was incensed by a misspelled sign on the wall that welcomed our "New Chancelor." Look out principals; the new Ed head could be coming to your school next!
The Hit List
Now that Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver seems to have survived the attempted coup, comes the messy part of exacting revenge against those Dems who lined up to support upstate Assemblyman Michael J. Bragman.
Silver, a religious Jewish legislator from the lower East Side who is said to be a fierce competitor on the basketball court and on the golf course, is known to be an unforgiving brass-knuckle political boss. Look for most of the Queens delegation that supported Dem leader Thomas Mantons open assault on Silver to get stripped of committee chairs and extra pay.
Doesnt anyone ever learn the old rule of war and politics: if you want to kill the king, dont announce an attack on the castle!
Even before his announcement Saturday, Rick Lazio was ready to run. The GOP US Senator wannabe held a well-orchestrated press conference Saturday afternoon less than 24 hours after a kindler and gentler Rudy Giuliani became a non-candidate. The conference came complete with t-shirts, posters and the polish that indicates hours of work by professional consultants.
If anyone thinks Lazio was taken by surprise by Rudys announcement, think again.
Sure you can orchestrate a press conference, write a speech, have your people in place, and print t-shirts and posters in less than 24 hours.
But can you build an extensive website on a secure server accepting political contributions with credit cards online? Think again.
And Lazios Senate website was up and running before the Long Island Congressman even declared for the Senate.
His opponent has a website too:
The race promises to be a political junkie's virtual dream, even without Rudy.
While all eyes were on City Hall and the failed coup in Albany last week, there were some political rumblings from the Bronx, the Citys second most overlooked borough.
While most talk of late has been about the impending battle between Ollie Koppells wife, Lorraine, and State Senator Guy Vellela, Mayoral and Gubernatorial politics emerged this week.
Bronx County Dem Chair Roberto Ramirez emerged as Assembly Speaker Shelly Silvers lifeline, which means some backroom deal was struck.
Does that mean that Ramirezs patron, Freddy Ferrer, who will make some citywide office bid next year, can count on Shellys support for Mayor?
The Janet Cooke story is headed to the big screen. Cooke won the Pulitzer in 1981 with the saga of Jimmy, an 8-year-old heroin addict. Then, the former Washington Post reporter had to return it when it turned out she had made the whole thing up. The flick will be based on the only interview she has ever done about the incident, a 1996 session with GQ reporter Mike Sager. He got $1.6 million for the rights to his story.
Meanwhile, she has disappeared. But if youre reading this, Janet, Sager says call him (he now works for Esquire) and hell help you get your cut.
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