How I voted for three different guys for mayor of NYC
The last time New York City elected a new mayor was in 2001. Now that Bloomberg is finally leaving and we’re approaching September’s Democratic primary, I’ve been recalling how I happened to vote for three different candidates for mayor that year.
As a progressive, I usually find myself voting for Democrats. One exception was the 1990 election for governor of Massachusetts, when I went for William Weld, the moderate Republican (remember those?) rather than the volatile Democrat John Silber.
In 2001, Mark Green had been endorsed by The Nation and appeared to have impeccable liberal credentials. So bright and early on the morning of September 11 I went to my local school and voted for him. I was a telecommuter in those days, and I had just started working when Jenn came in to tell me that a plane had flown into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. You may remember something about that.
What with one thing and another, the primary election was rescheduled. Before the new election was held, I started to hear ugly stories about the Green campaign attempting to undermine Fernando Ferrer with race-baiting messages linking him to Al Sharpton. This was not acceptable. So the second time around, I cast my vote for Ferrer.
Despite my well-considered vote, Mark Green won the primary. I was still not happy with him and his campaign. I was not enthusiastic about Bloomberg either, but Bloomberg had been a Democrat himself until a few months before. He also had the financial and business expertise that might be needed to help rebuild the city after the 9/11 attacks. So in November I voted for Bloomberg.
Was that the right thing to do? I’m still not sure. But I’m feeling better about my choices this year.