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    who dislike Quinn intensely, which seems to comprise much of the Democratic activist base of the city, would do well to choose the candidate best able to beat Quinn in the runoff. I think you underestimate that animus from the base, but I am concerned about our ability to consolidate it into effective opposition. However, I agree that Liu is not that opponent.

    I have as yet not made a choice, since I consider all the contenders flawed, but for Albanese, who is not competitive. I know a lot of others in the same position.

    I was an early Liu supporter in his campaign for comptroller. I have been saddened by the scandal in his campaign, and I consider it decisive for me. It is true that other candidates have been penalized for campaign funding irregularities, but Liu is the only one who has had staff convicted of offenses that come with years of jail time. While it is understandable that the diarist, who considers him a personal friend, should be inclined to minimize that fact, to equate it with the fining of other candidates' campaigns, and to take him at his word when he claims not to have been aware of the offenses committed on his behalf, I am not able to do any of those things. As the prosecutor in the case observed, there would have been no point in committing these violations if the candidate were unaware of them.

    NYC is one of the few places left in the country where, at times, choosing the most liberal candidate isn't necessary to achieve an acceptably liberal result. Apart from Quinn, all the candidates' positions on most issues would be acceptable to most liberals. I want the most liberal candidate that I can vote for in good conscience. And I want to beat Quinn.

    Full disclosure: I belong to the same Democratic club as the diarist and his wife (and hold a great deal of personal affection and esteem for them both, despite our disagreement on this).

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 07:34:24 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for responding sid and mole (7+ / 0-)

      I'm on the same side as both of you.  I'd love to see any legitimate lefty alternative to Quinn, and it's frustrating to see the annoying Weiner's comeback muddy the waters for any of the other more appealing (if all flawed) candidates.  I'm not a de Blasio backer, and have no particular tie to any of the candidates.

      My words just come from the position of frustration that here we are in NYC, the bluest of blue places, and we struggle so to field a good left mayoral candidate who can shake up some of the Giuliani/Bloomberg verities.

      It is irritating and that's the root of my discontent.  I'm sorry if I expressed it poorly.

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