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Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

WFP declines to endorse...

In a move that quite surprises me, the Working Familes Party - which endorsed and greatly helped David Soares last fall, has declined to endorse any candidate in the Democratic primary for mayor this year:
The Working Families Party, part of a coalition that staged a stunning upset by David Soares in last fall's district attorney race, voted against any endorsement in the race between Jennings and two black challengers.

That strategy was bad news for Archie Goodbee, who needed the group's financial and volunteer support in his uphill bid against Jennings, a three-term incumbent who had more than a quarter-million dollars in his campaign war chest at last count.
Instead, they are going to continue there work against the machine by taking trying to build their base on the common council:
members of the Working Families Party at Wednesday's chapter meeting backed Ward DeWitt, a member of Soares' transition team, in his bid against city Treasurer Betty Barnette for the Democratic nomination.

Working Families Party Coordinator Karen Scharff said party members decided to focus resources on "building a progressive majority on the Common Council and electing an independent treasurer."
It's looking more and more like wrong candidates, wrong year for those trying to unseat Jennings. This thing may be over before it starts this summer.
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