Immigration Help Is On The Way To New York State—Maybe
Since it is a
toss-up, today I`ll address the depths to which leaderless New
York has sunk and leave yet another of my
California postmortems for next week.
What can save
if it cannot find leadership at any level of government?
Conditions have deteriorated so dramatically that 85-year-old
put together a task force of powerful groups to encourage
citizens to vote out the worst of the State Legislature.
“I don`t believe the good ones are good enough and the bad ones
are evil.” [Who
Can Save Albany?, by Sam Roberts,
New York Times, March 4, 2010]
One pol that
Koch won`t have to worry about getting rid of:
David A. Paterson
possibility, if not the probability, that Paterson will be
forced out of office any day because of his involvement in a
pair of concurrent scandals, New York will have had two
consecutive governors (Eliot
Spitzer is the first) resign in disgrace during the same
term. Despite exhaustive research, I can find no similar
circumstances in American history.
As far as New
York itself is concerned, you`d have to
go back to 1825 when the governorship
turned over three times in four years—-but for
(When Governor DeWitt Clinton
died in office, he was replaced by Lt. Governor
Nathaniel Pitcher who in 1828
then lost in the general election to
Martin Van Buren. The future
eighth president Van Buren served only two months before
being named Secretary of State in the
has already announced that he will not run for re-election, is
under fire for allegedly interfering in a domestic violence
dispute involving his
close aide and confidant David Johnson,
as well as lying under oath
about his intention to pay for five
On top of that
admitted to multiple sexual indiscretions immediately after
being sworn in to replace Spitzer,
is reported to have been recently seen
“neck kissing” a
woman not his wife and caught by a
state trooper in the proverbial and always awkward
Spitzer-Paterson circus does provide some desperately needed
laughs—but only if you don`t live in New York.
mere two years after having been outed for spending
$5,000 a pop for a trysts with a sub-average, hard-as-nails
looking Washington D.C. hooker
Ashley Dupre, is now an ethics (!) lecturer on the college
addressed his alma mater
on “ethics in
government.” One month earlier, Spitzer accepted
a teaching position at the
City College of New York. His
class is titled “Law and Public Policy”
If you missed Spitzer in
catch him at the State University of New Paltz on March 11.
My advice to
campus administrators: lock up the coeds!
Unbelievable, considering that while in
office, Spitzer broke the law as many as 80 times according to
Kristin Davis, the madam who
managed the prostitution service he frequented.
her candidacy for governor and will run on the pro-pot,
My head is
spinning from the ludicrousness of it all!
side of the Spitzer/Paterson mess: it may open up, if only ever
so slightly, an opportunity for Republican challenger
Lazio who has occasionally demonstrated some common sense
Lazio, you may recall, is the former
Long Island Congressman who was
eaten alive by
Clinton during their raucous first
2000 debate when both were campaigning for U.S. Senator.
so dominated Lazio that the two remaining follow up
confrontations were tame imitations of the original.
If you watched
those debates, as I did, you would come away with the impression
that Lazio is not much of a candidate.
But that was
then and this is now. Ten years ago, Clinton ran partially but
not entirely as the Woman Scorned. When she was put on the
about Bill`s behavior (not her own),
voters of both genders rallied around her.
Post-Spitzer/Paterson, however, Lazio doesn`t have to do much to
Republican might be enough to carry him over the top. Who would
argue with Lazio`s battle cry that the time has come to clean up
inched up in the polls. He`s running
comfortably ahead in a projected match up against
Lazio does lag
the probable but yet unannounced Democratic challenger,
Cuomo, 55 to 30 percent.
This is not to
despair, however. Cuomo has plenty of baggage that, given the
pathetic performance of recent Democrats, could harm him.
Among them are Cuomo`s pitiful 2002
gubernatorial campaign that ended in his withdrawal, his
questionable associations at Housing and Urban Development when
he was Secretary and his messy, high-profile divorce from
Kerry Kennedy, Bobby`s daughter.
of all is that Cuomo is a Democrat in an increasingly
Pataki was a relative unknown who ran as a fiscal conservative.
Behind by as much a ten points in the polls leading up to
election day, Pataki came from behind in the final weeks to edge
preaching the same sermon that worked for Pataki—-smaller
government and lower taxes.
Lazio`s votes during his four terms from 1993 to 2001 were
mixed. He consistently voted for increases in non-immigrant
worker visas but supported the use of troops on the border and
Lazio`s record isn`t perfect but he would
be a far cry better than Cuomo.
Given its disastrous condition, the only
can go in is up. A Republican who at least advocates a moderate
immigration position would be the first step in the right
him] is a California native
who recently fled the state because of over-immigration,
over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He
has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the
growth rate stable. A
long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the