|"This is not what I signed up for when|
I ran for Mayor."
|Looks like Carrion's a real spoiler.|
Yup, without doubt, de Blasio was ready-made for moving into Gracie Mansion. In his early campaign commercials, he promised to raise taxes on the rich to pay for whatever "progressive" ideas he has up his sleeve. Having been involved in New York politics for years, de Blasio must have known that this was somewhat disingenuous; an increase in New York City's taxes must be approved by the state senate and the governor. Since the senate is controlled by Republicans, and Gov. Cuomo has been by and large reluctant to raise taxes, de Blasio would seem to have something of a tough row to hoe. (Recently, the tax-the-rich promise was reduced to a desire; in his latest campaign literature hogging my mailbox, there's no mention of it at all.)
The local press, as you might have guessed, has gone gaga over the de Blasios. Except for the New York Post, which has been trumpeting his younger years as a supporter of the Sandanistas and visiting the "Communist USSR," to quote its headline over the weekend. But if you don't think Bill de Blasio isn't aiming for the White House one day, let me remind you that he started out in politics as -- you guessed it -- a community organizer. He went to parlay this by getting elected to another nebulous job, that of Public Advocate. Neither he nor anyone else to hold that office has ever advocated a thing for me, so I'm not sure exactly what they do to earn their pay except collect contributions from the teachers union.