Here’s an article about the calculations that go into the choice of the senator that Paterson will inflict on us. It’s the first article I’ve seen which mentions Joanie Mahoney as a potential candidate for statewide office.
Some of Mr. Paterson’s advisers envision a Republican ticket headed by Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor, for governor, with Joanne M. Mahoney, the popular Onondaga County executive, as his running mate. Rounding out the ticket might be John J. Faso, the former assemblyman, for comptroller, and Peter T. King, the Long Island Republican, for Senate.
“That’s a white Catholic ticket,” said one person who has ties to the governor’s political team, and who requested anonymity for fear of losing those ties. “And it’s white Catholics upstate they are going to lose.”
Hm, a couple of Republicans I could stand (Mahoney and Faso) paired with some of the most odious players I can imagine (Giuliani and King)… well, as a white Catholic, I’ll pass. But if the GOP were smart (which they aren’t), they would market someone like Mahoney as a “green,” small-business-friendly candidate and sell her decision to stop the Armory Square sewage treatment plant. The GOP would do well to simply greenwash their entire party platform – it’s not like the Upstate business establishment isn’t on that bandwagon now.
According to the tribal logic of New York politics, Mr. Paterson can expect strong support in New York City, among black voters and from staunch Democrats. Ms. Kennedy, a white Catholic, could help in the battleground suburbs of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. But the Democratic ticket already includes Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, who is Catholic and already broadly popular in those places.
The idea that I’d vote for Caroline Kennedy just because she’s an Irish Catholic is really insulting, and the poor reception she has had up here ought to give the lie to that reasoning. I am waiting for someone to seize the real issues that are before us. It’s sad that I can imagine the Republicans doing that before I can imagine Democrats doing it. Still, if the Republicans are going to run a high-negative and frankly has-been figure like Giuliani as their lead candidate, I guess I can’t imagine them doing that either. The Age of Dinosaurs grinds onward.