Eliot Spitzer 2006
“All politics are local” is one of my favorites. So, as I look a little closer to home, I see several interesting races for the Democrats. 2006 promises to be a powerful year for democrats, much as 1994 was a powerful year for the Republicans.
Eliot Spitzer is well known in New York State for volume. The quality of his work depends on your point of view. He’s gone after cigarette manufacturers, Wall Street firms, banks. As New York Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer has investigated and prosecuted some of the largest business interests that deal with New Yorkers. This has obviously upset some of the business oriented conservatives. In the past few years, with the domination of national politics by the Neo-Cons, Spitzer’s run for Governor would be much tougher. 2006, however, isn’t a normal year. In 1994, the greedy, ineffectual Democrats were driven out of office by the sleek, well-oiled, conservatives and their sound machine. The sound machine is still there, but the sleek, well-oiled machine? Insert your own joke.
Normally, this just gives us a “better of two evils” kind of choice. Not to worry! Spitzer is one of those rare politicians who haven’t lost the idealistic zeal that we would bring to government, if we ruled for a day. Let’s get the most out of this situation. We have a declining incumbent and a vibrant candidate…. Electing Eliot should be the duty of concerned New Yorkers. I’m not satisfied with the state of affairs in New York State. Eliot Spitzer has proven that he will pursue principles that he clearly spells out. That should be enough for New Yorkers. Better than we’ve had in quite a while.