We only have time for a really short post. We are all busy with our families and respective significant others on this beautiful day. We hope that you are doing the same.
Our criticism of The Times endorsement of Simon generated some interesting comment. Due to the lack of any analysis, 11211 found it could have ended easily with: “We endorse Mr. Thies.” Norman Oder over at Atlantic Yards Report could not dismiss our view that The Times’s decision was a by-product of Atlantic Yards. All agree that the nod to Simon was, at best, “lukewarm.”
The Times said that Thies was an “excellent” candidate for his work on reform and clean-air issues — both critical local matters. It also found merit in Levin but could not dismiss his ties to Vito Lopez. Abraham, Biviano, Baer and Diamondstone did not get any mention whatsoever. It cited no local issue that Simon has worked on.
Bottom Line: Given how blandly The Times crafted its position, we do not think that endorsement is the game-changer Simon’s otherwise lackluster campaign was hoping for.
Keeping It Real