Spitzer cries uncle

Courtesy of Simon (posting at The Albany Project), this NYT story would have been not only unthinkable, but unstomachable just one year ago:

Spitzer, Hat in Hand, Asks Fellow Democrats in the Assembly for a Second Chance

Mr. Spitzer “has the potential to be a very creative man,” said Aileen M. Gunther, an Assemblywoman from Sullivan County. “If he works with all the creative people in the Legislature, I think there’s a lot of great possibilities for a turnaround.”

For 45 surprisingly peaceable minutes, lawmakers said, they peppered Mr. Spitzer with questions about how he planned to balance the state budget, what he would do about New York City’s shortage of subsidized housing, and whether he might think about raising taxes to bring in more revenue. Mr. Spitzer sidestepped the question about taxes, according to people in the room. But he was more vocal about spending — specifically, his willingness to help raise lawmakers’ pay, which bottoms out at $79,500 a year.

I know most people will probably do a spit-take at the second paragraph, but it’s the first one that I find unbelievable. Paging Richard Florida… apparently Upstate New York’s Creative Class has been hiding in the Legislature all along! Who knew? (My cynicism double backs on itself when I think of Spitzer’s other professions of humility that he never followed through on.)

I have more thoughts on Spitzer’s situation at the aforelinked post at TAP, but I will add a further thought for the Upstate audience: No matter what party they are from, Upstate Assembly members are still not very powerful… or creative. Without power, creativity is useless. But without creativity, power is just a recurring nightmare we can’t wake up from.

2 thoughts on “Spitzer cries uncle

  1. Taylor Made

    NYCO if I was to characterize the dems that upstate sends to the legislature — well the first word that charitably comes to mind is hick followed by rube. Next look at the upstate folks around Spitzer –> Marty Mack comes to mind — well he’s done squatola for upstate in his position as liaison to local government.

    The ugly reality is that the upstate Democratic agenda is largely driven by geezers, both men and women, who lack of vision. They in turn continue to churn out a pack of dullishly bland pleasantly idiotic pols. For the most part, they have contempt for anything that does not remind them of themselves — hence, no folks of color need apply. I don’t think that what I’ve written is complete hyperbole — after all look at the folks that run the Rural Democratic Caucus. IMO the upstate version of the Democratic Party is made up of a set of folks who increasingly are being pushed away from the decision making process in Albany.

    I’ve always remarked that the patron saint of upstate dem pols seems to be Salieri because they, like the character in Amadeus, are obsessed with mediocrity — and that in a nutshell is the best way I can characterize my experience for the last 2 decades.

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