CUMMINGS TO BOW OUT OF RACE
Anasha Cummings, the former Democratic candidate for one of three Troy at-large council seats, will bow out of the race. Despite his defeat on September 10, Cummings still had the Working Families Party line. In an unorthodox move, Cummings 'let the people decide' whether he should remain in the race and act as a possible spoiler. Cummings created a website and pledged that he would not run unless he got 1,000 people to pledge their support to his campaign by October 10. The people decided.
As of this morning, Cummings had received 912 pledges. His quixotic, yet somehow charming, quest, has ended. For now.
Will Cummings endorse any of the Democrats remaining in the race? It would be a good move for him to do so.
While we cannot help but admire Team Troy's rage against the machine, this effort appears to have failed. This time around.
They did not contest District 1. They already co-opted candidates with the D-Line in District 2 & 4. They did not contest District 3. They lost in District 5. They lost in District 6 and their candidate, Corey Jenkins announced he will not campaign. They lost the At-Large primary. They lost the mayoral primary.
Our advice: They should all drop out of their respective races and endorse the candidate of their choice. They should work their asses off for that candidate. They should avoid the spoiler label at all costs. Then, they should, and could, claim a seat at the table in two and four years. Many insurgent campaigns fail the first go around. A scorched earth policy is not the answer. Re-group, double-down on organizing and return. Don't self-immolate. If this is truly about issues and not ego, that is the only course of action if they want to remain relevant. It's hard to forgive if you are responsible for a Gordon Administration. Just our two cents.