September 16, 2011
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” **- Abraham Lincoln**
Phase 1 of the 2011 municipal election cycle is over. Qualifying for all of the municipal races -- including the special election for the city's Ward II seat -- has officially ended.
Let Phase II begin.
From this point forward, the candidates will really begin to put the "pain" in campaign. It's about fundraising; it's about speaking to civic clubs; it's about kissing baby's and smacking competitors. It's time for dirty politics in the dirty south.
Despite the fact the mayoral candidates and the folks running for Wards VI and IV have had a two-week jump start on the Ward II candidates, we're only just now are seeing things start to get a little vicious.
This week, Ward IV contender Jason McCoy officially took the gloves off and attempted to smack incumbent Roger Marietta.
And while his blows were a little off --- the newcomer made some factual blunders in some of his assumptions about Marietta --- he showed moxie coming out the way he did and definitely sent Marietta a message: McCoy will rage, rage against the dieing of his political light.
Will McCoy's tactics rub off on some of his fellow candidates? Maybe, or maybe not. Everyone has their own campaign style.
But rest assured that while the candidates may choose to take the high road and not sling their opponents through the mud, each and every one of these candidates know what is at stake.
In the city of Albany, four votes are all that is needed to pass ordinances, amend the city charter and make policy.
Four votes; four seats -- the mayor's chair and the seats at the table for Wards IV, VI and II mean that enough spots are in play to unravel years of city policy, or build on the foundation already set.