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Last night Councilwoman Letitia James beat her opponent, State Senator Daniel Squadron, 60% to 40%, to become New York City's next Public Advocate (she will be running unopposed in next month's general election).

This is a victory for progressives and for grass-roots campaigners everywhere. Despite being outspent more than 2 to 1, and being assaulted with nasty negative campaigning and anonymous smear jobs during the last week of the campaign, her obviously superior qualifications for the office won the day. With the likelihood that she'll be working with the present Public Advocate, who has stood with her on many issues, I look to see her restoring the office to a much higher profile and greater effectiveness than it has had for the past ten years.

Thanks to all the Kossacks who turned out to vote for her, and helped spread the word!

PS - before this campaign started, I considered her opponent a decent guy who wasn't as well-suited to the job as Tish is. But he showed his true colors. I'm sure he had internal polls showing him losing badly, and he made the decision to go ugly, and lose even more badly. After his behavior this past week, I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher.

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  •  Thanks again, everyone! (20+ / 0-)

    I'm a bit fried this morning, after celebrating, but I still must go to work today. All comments will be responded to this evening.

    "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 Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 03:32:20 AM PDT

  •  The citizens of New York are to be (7+ / 0-)

    congratulated. Now if we can just convince the Democratic party that voters, not dollars, are determinative.

    Sometimes it looks like the Democratic party doesn't trust the electorate either. Preselecting candidates for the general is not choice.

    •  Thanks for your congratulations. (0+ / 0-)

      At least here in NYC, dollars are not always determinative. Fortunately very few candidates have Bloomberg's ability to buy elections outright, and this isn't the only campaign I've worked on where money didn't triumph.

      This should be a huge message to the rest of the country: what won this election, more than anything else, was organized labor. They are the best GOTV workers I have ever had the privilege of campaigning with, and Tish had heavy union support.

      This result also obtained last time we elected a new House rep in my district. If money was all that mattered, I'd be represented today by a man named David Yassky, who outspent three other candidates combined by 3 to 1. But the candidate who won (and she was not the candidate that I and most progressives supported) was the one with the most union support. I'd always rather be working with them, not against them. They know how to win. No wonder the GOP has spent the past 30 years destroying them.

      PS - that David Yassky who didn't win was, like Squadron, a protege of our senior Senator, Chuck Schumer. After his defeat, they found him a sinecure as the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commissioner. I only mention this because our mayoral nominee, Bill de Blasio, has stated that if elected, he would fire Yassky on his first day in office. Another reason to vote for him!

      "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 Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 04:52:53 PM PDT

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  •  Good news. Was worried because my (5+ / 0-)

    polling place was deserted. Now on to the general.

    •  You can't imagine how nervous we were. (1+ / 0-)
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      Our campaign was so grass-roots (trans: broke), I have a feeling they hadn't spent any money on internal polling. I had a phone call from the volunteer coordinator for the whole campaign at about 7:20 pm last night, and she didn't sound any more confident than I felt at that point. I almost skipped the party because I didn't want to be there if we lost!

      There isn't really a general election for this position - I think there are a couple of fringe-party candidates, but no Republican nominee. Tish is the de facto Public Advocate elect as of today.

      You all might want to take a look at this excellent interactive map of the results. For instance, I learned that my ED turned out exactly 106 voters, and Tish carried it 55% to 45%.

      "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 Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 05:00:22 PM PDT

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      •  I got all these flyers under my door. Those (1+ / 0-)
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        from James were xeroxes Those from Squadron were glossy, multicolor. Got many robot calls for Squadron. That and Kos convinced me to vote for James and to tell my friends to do the same. Knew it was a grass roots campaign for a good person. Very pleased.

  •  Warm congratulations to Tish James. (7+ / 0-)

    It does feel that voters made a great choice.

    You were at the heart of this one, sidnora.  Congratulations to you, too.  

    •  Thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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      I had lots of help. ;^)

      And the congratulations go to every New Yorker who voted for her - we now have a PA who's going to give new meaning to the job.

      "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 Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 05:01:34 PM PDT

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  •  Woot! (6+ / 0-)

    Best donation I made this year! :-D

    Congrats to Letitia James!

    Ps... Interesting to note on the returns... WNYC had a piece on returns by neighborhood this morning.

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 04:13:07 AM PDT

    •  Re the donation, you betcha! (1+ / 0-)
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      I donated more to her campaign than any other I've ever supported, apart from Obama's 2008 campaign, and it was worth every penny.

      I've posted a link to WNYC's excellent interactive map, in a comment above.

      "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 Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 05:03:14 PM PDT

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  •  Was really pleased and surprised (8+ / 0-)

    Jacob and I were flyering outside PS321 last night and got a very positive response. Only a few people even in Park Slope seemed to be pro-Squadron. I was also surprised at how little GOTV I saw from Squadron's side. Did he blow all his money on mailings and TV ads?

    We finally have a strong Public Advocate again!

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes! Hey...I had a thought!

    by mole333 on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 04:25:09 AM PDT

    •  I don't think he misspent. (0+ / 0-)

      I saw a lot of Squadron flyering going on yesterday morning where I was, some looked like volunteers and some looked paid. Also lots of signs on lampposts, which of course we had none.

      It's possible that the reason you didn't see them is because no one else was flyering at polling places. We were instructed to cover subway stops, the idea being that anyone who made it to their polling place yesterday already knew they were voting, and who they were voting for.

      I worked the morning rush at 4th Ave/9th St., the afternoon at the Food Co-op (where people were practically asking me for cards), and the evening rush at the 7th Avenue end of the 7th Ave. F train stop. I got quite a number of people thanking me for reminding them that there was an election.

      As I noted in a comment above, I think the determining factor in this outcome was organized labor. Think about the Yassky/Clarke/Owens/et al. House race; it's the same dynamic, only we were on the winning side this time!

      "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 Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 05:11:46 PM PDT

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  •  Don't know that much about her (2+ / 0-)
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    except what I've read here, and she certainly sounds good. (I live in the outer orbit of NYC, so I try to keep an eye on their politics.) DeBlasio and James - sounds like a winning ticket!

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 09:17:58 AM PDT

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