Me For Lee!

I made it into the newspaper this morning–if anonymously. In the annual story on the silly write-in ballots during the November elections, it was discovered that: “The late Lee Alexander, a former Syracuse mayor who spent time in prison for corruption, received a vote for county executive.”

That was my ballot. I voted the straight crime ticket on the three big Onondaga County races that were uncontested–also voting for Bernie Madoff for County comptroller and Sal Piemonte (the local lawyer frequently in his own legal trouble) for District Attorney.

Yes, it was a wasted vote–a protest. But what choice did I have? I have always been dismayed by the one-party rule we have in this town–Democrats in the city, Republicans in the County. Yeah, it’s difficult to win when you’re bucking the trend–but shouldn’t the parties at least be able to come up with candidates? This is especially so for the top races on the ballot in Onondaga County. If you aren’t in the race, how can you bring up your issues? Just ask Howie Hawkins, the perennial Green Party candidate, how important the races are for communicating your positions and building support for change. Unless, of course, I’m over thinking this and the D’s and R’s are just pale copies of each other–same shit, different piles.

Maybe the Democrats could rent Howie for County races and the Republicans in the city contests? Just like how we played pick-up football as kids when we didn’t have enough players: one player was picked as the “all-time quarterback.”

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2 thoughts on “Me For Lee!

  1. D. Johnston

    The biggest problem in recruiting Democratic candidates in the county and town elections is this: money. It costs money. Many people who are well qualified candidates cannot afford the thousands of dollars it costs to run a local race. People who come from the middle class feel uncomfortable to hitting up friends and relatives who are themselves struggling or barely getting by for donations. The County committee offers little financial support to county candidates and no support whatsoever to town candidates. When the voter registrations show Republicans significantly outnumber Democrats in, for example, a town, the race is going to be hard, and expensive. Even an exceptionally well qualified candidate will have to get his/her message out to people who are not inclined to vote for individuals who are affiliated with another party. Most middle class families have other uses for the $1000-2000 it costs to run a town race, than to spend it trying to overcome stereotypes and historic allegiances.

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  2. I didn’t end up voting this year, not because I was rebelling but because I had no clue who anyone was. I think your premise at some point about it not mattering whether someone is a Dem or Pug is a good one because for some offices, like judge, why should it matter all that much?

    You rebel you! lol

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