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    Tuesday, September 06, 2005

    I Can't Believe I Missed This!


    The Times has endorsed Ferrer.

    Mr. Ferrer, who made a few gaffes early on and then retreated into a cocoon of sound bites. Both men have a wide understanding of the city's problems, but you would never know it from listening to Mr. Ferrer mechanically repeat the same meaningless catchphrases.

    Mr. Ferrer, however, has demonstrated a willingness to treat the financial challenges facing the city as something more than an invitation to dodge the issue. We disagree with his proposal for a temporary tax on stock trades to finance education, but we appreciate the fact that he is, at least, willing to take the heat for a hard choice . . .

    Mr. Ferrer presided in the Bronx during the borough's greatest resurgence. Although other officials deserve much of the credit for the Bronx's comeback, Mr. Ferrer can count his work there as a considerable achievement. Mr. Ferrer has made his way in politics in a borough that has always been troubled by bossism, and issues of corruption and the waves of dubious political activity have sometimes washed close. The Times recently reported that a friend of Mr. Ferrer's, someone who was jailed for soliciting payoffs on behalf of a powerful state senator, had been overheard in wiretaps promising that contributions to Mr. Ferrer would be rewarded with government contracts. (A spokesman for the candidate said Mr. Ferrer had no knowledge of the calls, which occurred when he was borough president.)


    Yep, stupid tax ideas, riding the waves of others successes in the Bronx, connections to corruption -- sounds like a winner!

    This interrupts a fairly good string of endorsements from the Times: Scott Stringer, Leslie Crocker-Snyder. I was not all the way with their plug for Gur Tsabar, but liked his connection to Giff. I had this bad feeling, even with the predicitions that it was Weiner or nobody that Freddy was going to get a boost from the Grey Lady. What they've done is force themselves (if their endorsement has the power that many attribute to it) to endorse Bloomberg, as we all know we'd fall into pre-Giuliani chaos if Ferrer was elected.

    This is so depressing.

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