More bad news for Fernando Ferrer's latest campaign for mayor of NYC as even the Left-leaning NYTimes is endorsing Michael Bloomberg:
The New York Times enthusiastically endorsed Mayor Michael Bloomberg for re-election, saying he was on course to be one of the best mayors the city has ever had.
The overwhelmingly positive editorial published in Sunday's editions said Bloomberg, a Republican, has not been as entertaining as his predecessors but "has been better at running the city."
"If he continues his record of accomplishment over the next four years, he may be remembered as one of the greatest mayors in New York history," the editorial said.
Recent opinion polls put Bloomberg well ahead of his Democratic challenger, Fernando Ferrer.
The Times praised Bloomberg for accomplishments including bringing down the crime rate, establishing the 311 telephone hot line for reporting city complaints and remaining "focused on getting things done, not getting headlines."
The Times endorsed Bloomberg's Democratic opponent, Mark Green, in 2001, criticizing Bloomberg's "out-of-control campaign spending" and saying he was unwilling to engage his opponent in "an even fight."
Granted, Ferrer is already at a serious disadvantage campaign-wise running against a billionaire in Bloomsberg, but his image as an uninspiring, insincere, flip-flopper who will say anything to win doesn't help him either. Needless to say these character traits have hindered greatly of late, including of course, John Kerry last year. Al Gore himself, having battled for years an image as being dour and aloof, lost in '00 despite being VP for 8 years is certainly no guarantee of victory at the polls, even with a booming economy and a general contentment with current affairs.
Republicans take stances and stick to them. Democrats continue to play the game of trying to please everybody. Of course, aligning yourself with con artists like Al Sharpton, Bill Clinton and Jesse Jackson isn't going to help you win mayor of any town either, much less NYC.