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BEST TILTING AT WINDMILLS CAMPAIGN (TIE):
If not guts, it takes chutzpah to run a campaign against Sheldon Silver, the Speaker of the Assembly in Albany representing downtown New York; he’s been in office for over 30 years. But Paul Newell did just that last year, challenging the assemblyman in a primary. He lost, naturally, but more courageous citizens should be fighting to dislodge epically dysfunctional Albany politicos from their gerrymandered havens.
Similarly, we should be fighting harder to shake loose the billionaire oligarchs from City Hall; thank goodness, then, for the Reverend Billy, who’s campaigning electrically for mayor on the Green Party ticket. Billy might seem dismissable as schtick, but he’s surprisingly informed and articulate. Bill Thompson, the likely Democratic challenger, is an intelligent and composed politician, but city comptroller seems like the office Democrats dip into when they feel they can’t win the election. (Carl McCall, anybody?)