Jerry Nadler, my progressive, courageous, hard-working Congressman (New York’s 10th district, which includes large swaths of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn) is facing an unusual opponent in today’s Democratic primary.
Unusual in that Nadler is rarely challenged within his own party (and then some sacrificial Republican runs against him in the general). And unusual in that the opponent, Oliver Rosenberg, is a Dino (Democrat in name only), long registered in New York as a Republican, still registered in the GOP in California. And an admirer of Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney. Yuck.
Explaining the switch in affiliation (and exposing his hypocrisy and opportunism), he wrote in a fundraising email, “As the district is 82% Democrat, the only hope of winning is as a Democrat.” Right. But Republican politics by any other name in New York’s 10th is a nonstarter.
The only concern is a possible wide-spread lack of awareness of the primary and low, low, low voter turnout. Go vote. (And, take a chance, pick up your phone today if it caller ids with an unknown 646 number. It could be the President. Last week I was excited to hear from him, endorsing Congressman Nadler, even if it was just Obamarobo. In the hysteria of this election season, I’ve already started missing our First Family.)
Phil, Abby’s father, used to joke, “Good Democrats vote early and often.” If only that were true, I’d cast my second primary vote of the day for Berniecrat Zephyr Teachout, running in New York’s dramatically gerrymandered 19th district (which includes Stone Ridge) to fill the seat two-term Republican Chris Gibson is vacating.
Teachout, a law professor, shocked the political establishment in 2014. With little name recognition and less money (but with principled politics, including a strong anti-fracking position), she primaried Governor Andrew Cuomo, receiving 33% of the vote, winning several upstate counties.
And she literally wrote the book on political corruption (“Corruption in American: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United”).
In its endorsement of Teachout, the New York Times (maybe atoning a bit for its shameful treatment of Bernie) wrote, “…she has the potential to be a rarity in Congress — an effective local representative who has national stature as a legal expert on political reform…Her political skills and expertise would make her a powerful ally for those who have become angry and disillusioned by Washington’s chronic dysfunction…Teachout could focus attention on the ways big business, big agriculture and big monopolies distort the economy and hobble those trying to survive.”
Go vote. Start flipping the seat back to our side. And join Zephyr Teachout tonight at 9:00 pm (when the polls close) at the Senate House Garage, 4 North Front Street, Kingston.