It's not as if we never thought about a threeway, its just that we had something else in mind. Instead, of what we had in mind, this threeway is more like this...
Patrick Madden has secured the Democratic nomination by a mere 50 votes. Rodney Wiltshire has the Working Families Party nomination. James Gordon has the GOP nod. Wiltshire, a good Democrat, has pledged his support to the party's nominee, thereby securing the mayoral for Mr. Madden.
Or not. Just a few hours after barely losing the nomination, Wiltshire stated he would actively campaign and win the mayor's race. This is unfortunate and reinforces some of the negatives people see in Rodney.
1. Wiltshire made this statement after the narrowest loss. A more mature politician may have taken a day or two to absorb the loss. Losing sucks. Losing by a such a close margin sucks X2. You shouldn't make any major decisions for at least a day or two. The knee-jerk reaction doesn't allow for reflection on unintended consequences. Wiltshire needs to ask himself: is he a Democrat; does he want a Republican to win; does he want a future in the party.
2. What does it say about someone who plays by the rules until he loses? Wiltshire is reinforcing his detractor's belief that he is petulant and more interested in self-promotion than what is best for Troy.
3. Wiltshire has a smart option here. What he could do is withdraw from the race, campaign his ass off for Madden and then in four or eight years, he will have the credibility to argue for the endorsement of the party. And, he would have a good argument. Wiltshire's support will diminish as November 3rd approaches. Many of his supporters will know a vote for Wiltshire is a vote for Gordon. That's not what they want and many won't waste their vote.
If Rodney runs and costs the democrats the election, he's done. His future will lie with the Working Families Party and can someone name a win they have achieved in this county? They are not the equivalent of the Conservative Party. They are not as strong, not as organized and not as effective.
We are also happy to report that three of our endorsed candidates prevailed. The much sought after Troy Polloi endorsement not only lifted Madden to victory, but Lynn Kopka and Carey Dresher. Our only fail was Anasha Cummings and you really can't blame us for that one.
In our Monday morning post we suggested there might be a surprise. Well, the Kopka victory surprised everyone, except us. We figured that the 5th Council District would have a decent amount of absentee ballots and most would go to Kopka.*
The Troy Polloi is back and your patronage is appreciated. Good night and good luck.
*All bullshit really. We figured Kopka was toast.