Tuesday, October 17, 2006
It's all in the family
In NYS, there is only one statewide election that looks to be even slightly a race: the race for attorney general. The fight is between Andrew Cuomo, who is Mario Cuomo's son and a former housing secretary (Mario Cuomo was a three term NYS governor), and Jeanine Pirro, Westchester County DA. Experience-wise, there is no question who is more qualified: Pirro has built a career in the DA's office, and has prosecuted, successfully, some very high profile cases. She has been a rising star in the NY Republican party for quite some time, and certainly it is only a job promotion, but not a radically new job, for her to be NYS's attorney general. Ordinarily, her experience alone would make her hard to beat, despite NYS's Democrat leanings. However, in this instance, Andrew Cuomo has the Cuomo name that NYS voters like and identify with. He also has the backing of the wildly successful current attorney general, Elliot Spitzer, who is a shoe-in for governor in this election. But lastly, and probably most importantly, he is not married to someone who has gone to jail for tax evasion, and is not under federal indictment for bugging his spouse's boat to check if the spouse was cheating. Jeanine Pirro is. You have to read the fascinating article in NY Magazine about this couple. Al Pirro is a massive political liability for Jeanine. This is not exactly Ozzie and Harriet. I am not sure if Jeanine Pirro's bad marriage makes me want to vote for her, or vote in disgust against her, based on what she did within the marriage! (I place most of the blame on the husband, though bugging him, given she is a DA, was rather low) If nothing else, this race provides a wonderful source of soap opera-esque entertainment!