List-o-mania: Syracuse Politician Edition

The English novel (and American movie) High Fidelity’s array of top five lists perfectly captured the obsessive nature of modern fanboys: “What really matters is what you like, not what you are like.” I may or may not be a fanboy of many different things, but I definitely love me some lists! And since I’m also a political geek, the list I stumbled across today was guaranteed to pique my interest.

As part of a Post-Standard article looking at the state and national leadership roles of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner (and speculating about future possible offices for which she may run), the paper ran a sidebar piece where the Mayor made a list of the top 10 most influential and progressive leaders in government. She made her list alphabetical–no ranking other politicians (cause they have pretty thin skins.)

The predictable picks? Shout outs to current Democratic candidates President Obama and Mass. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, current NY Governor Andy Cuomo, both Clintons and the token Republican: good government billionaire Mike Bloomberg.

The interesting picks:
former Assemblyman and Bronx Democratic borough president Ruben Diaz, Jr. A firebrand liberal whose father, NY state senator Diaz Sr. is face of intolerance, homophobia and NY Senate dysfunction. Diaz, Jr. is clearly going places and the fact that he made Miner’s list, while her co-chair of the NY State Democratic Party Assemblyman Keith Wright did not, certainly makes you raise an eyebrow (and perhaps speculate about rising Latino power and declining African-American power in NY State.)

Democratic Mayors Michael Nutter (Philadelphia) and R.T. Rybak (Minneapolis) both of whom are relatively progressive in philosophy, yet forced by circumstances and budget restraints to be more pragmatic and centrist than may have been predicted.

Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo whose claim to fame is reforming the state’s pension and retirement plans by demanding and receiving give-backs from state public employee unions. She is the Democrat most beloved by the Republicans. Given the tough talk uttered by Mayor Miner about the city of Syracuse’ financial house–I would be gearing up for some major battles in the near future if I were a public union official.

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