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Oh, SmAlbany!

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!

Mayor Soares...

Mayor Soares?: A number of readers have asked me why I continually intimate that David Soares wants to run for mayor. First off, I'm certainly not going on inside information - i don't have any clue whether David Soares wants to be mayor or not. I suspect he does, but I don't have any evidence that isn't available to anyone else.

However, I personally believe - for better or worse - that an Albany mayor is eventually going to come out of the progressive coalition that put Soares over the top lastfall. It seems to me a question of when, not if. If you agree with that, it seems to me that David has to be the odds-on favorite right now - he's a proven winner, a good campaigner, and has the right biography for the job. If any one face symbolizes the movement that is going to tip the establishment apple cart, it;s Soares, no? It must be in the back of his mind that higher office is within his grasp. Even with no knowlege of him personally, I can't help but see him as apotential mayoral candidate, can you? Has anyone ever gotten to the DA's office at such a young age and not been interested in higher office?

That said, he really needs to do one thing before he runs for mayor, and that is to be an effective DA for a minimal stretch of time. That's why I tease him about it - it hasn't been - how should I say this - the best a great a particularly helpful year. His high profile cases have not been easy ones, and he hasn't been able to flex his "tough on crime" muscle yet. Everyone knows the DA's office is a political job - and it's even more so when the occupant is the young leader of an insurgent coalition that opposes the machine. I'm sure Soares cares about Albany and the safety of its residents - but he's also now a politician, one that can go reasonably far if he plays his cards correctly.

And that's exactly what I think he's trying to do. And thus it's a natural extension, in my mind, to evaluate his actions from the "he's jonesing to be mayor" point of view. It sures beats discussing the Archie Goodbee challenge to Jennings.
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At 11:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:


The election of a “progressive” wing mayor would be the best thing that happened in Albany in the last 100 years.

EVERY WHERE else where the “progressives” have taken over there has been a massive revolt of the “traditional” Democrats to the Republican party. Its just about time for that to happen here in Albany County.

Soares will prove to be a one term wonder. He has blundered some high profile cases and has shown that he is a rotten manager. While there should be a grace period for someone new coming in I think that his should be over by now.    

At 11:56 AM , Anonymous JT said:

If he wants to run for Mayor, maybe he should actually live in the city of Albany!

::looks in Archie Goodbee's direction::    

At 7:49 PM , Anonymous Tara Too said:

live in Albany, you cad why ever would you be so cruel to a future Mayor of the City of Albany. He, he, eh....cough, yeah of course you should live in Albany, but maybe right in the City, not in a suburb, like say toward Slingerlands, on a rural part of town ::looks at Jerry::    

At 6:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mr. Soares lives in Bethlehem, I think.    

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