As long as I live in Nixonland, I expect to have to vote for centrist triangutards in presidential elections. But I will be damned if I have to vote for Andrew Cuomo as governor of New York State. He’s slashed support for education, helped Republicans keep control of the State Senate, and, well, I just think he’s an asshole.

So I’m exited about the possibility that the Working Families Party will put a serious third-party candidate to oppose him. I will vote for that candidate, as long as it’s not Ralph Nader or someone like that, and probably do some volunteer work as well.

Right now, the candidate they’re talking about is someone named Zephyr Teachout. I don’t know that much about her. Kos doesn’t like her, albeit partly for Inside Baseball Judean People’s Front type reasons. I’m iffy on her as well and you may not like the reason: the name Zephyr Teachout sounds too much like a stereotype of a candidate crazy hippies would vote for (and I will vote for her if she’s the WFP candidate). I mean, it’d be a great name for someone mistermix discovered on that music blog he reads, but not for a politician.

Running against Cuomo is a great opportunity for the WFP. It’s a perfect storm — a very shitty Republican candidate and a right-wing Democratic candidate. The WFP candidate could easily finish second. They won’t get many opportunities like this. There’s no reason to think Democrats will nominate someone as conservative as Cuomo again and the Republican party suffering from Teamentia right now, but they could easily get their shit togetherish (as least to the point of breaking 40% in state-wide elections).

NC Primary Winner Thom Tillis: “Divide & Conquer”

Via Ed Kilgore: “What a nasty, nasty piece of work. And this is the “Republican Establishment” candidate for the Senate. Tells you a lot about them, eh?”

Partial transcript, via Wonkette:

“… What we have to do is find a way to divide and conquer the people who are on assistance … We have to show respect for that woman who has cerebral palsy and had no choice, in her condition, that needs help and that we should help. And we need to get those folks to look down at these people who choose to get into a condition that makes them dependent on the government and say at some point, “You’re on your own. We may end up taking care of those babies, but we’re not going to take care of you.” And we’ve got to start having that serious discussion.”

He seems nice!

Greg Sargent, in the Washington Post:

[T]he 47 percenter-ism on display in this video didn’t occur in a vacuum. Tillis not only opposed the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which would have expanded coverage to 500,000 people he would represent; he also boasted in an ad that he was personally responsible for stopping that outcome “cold.” Tillis and North Carolina Republicans also dramatically slashed unemployment benefits, which, in the words of one national observer, turned help for the jobless into a ”thinner safety net than it has been in decades.” Read more

Not Looking Good for Wendy Davis

Ted Nugent’s favorite candidate, Greg Abbott, is up by 11 points over Wendy Davis in the latest Texas polling.

On the topic of Davis, Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ Public Editor, is pretty tough on the Times Magazine Davis piece Ann Laurie posted about yesterday.

How Not to Do It

We’re having a bit of a dust up over the new Rochester Mayor, Lovely Ann Warren. Lovely is a protege of the awful David Gantt, and she apparently learned a few bad habits from him. Lovely went around civil service rules to hire her uncle to head the first-ever security detail for a mayor here, based on some threats she received. Then, her uncle was stopped while driving her, doing 97 in a 65 zone, but for some reason wasn’t ticketed.

This raised a number of questions, all neatly summarized by local TV reporter Rachel Barnhart. The word in Rochester is that if you want to know what’s happening in this town, just follow Rachel on Twitter. Anyone living in Rochester knows that Rachel is like a fucking bulldog when she gets on something, and she’s definitely all over this story.

Yesterday, Lovely held a hastily-arranged press conference. Rochester isn’t a very big media market, so if there were a dozen reporters and photographers at that conference, it was a full house. Rachel was one of them, and Warren refused to take her questions. Here’s Rachel’s report on that shit show, where Lovely spent time dickering about how fast her uncle was really going, and it includes possibly the worst picture of Lovely that I’ve ever seen. When asked why she wouldn’t take Rachel’s questions, Lovely’s answer was “I’m the mayor”. Here’s Rachel’s response this morning, proving once again that local reporters just don’t take shit the way the DC press corpse does:

A couple of hours after the press event, the city council announced that they’re starting an ethics investigation. That must be some kind of record: in office for 13 days, and now the subject of an ethics investigation. It’s going to be an interesting year for Ms Warren.

Good News for Democrats

From the Washington Post:

RICHMOND — State Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R) conceded the race for Virginia attorney general to Democrat Mark R. Herring on Wednesday, saying his “vigorous and hard-fought fight” is over.

Obenshain’s announcement put an end to a drawn-out contest that, on election night, was the closest statewide election in history….

The race to succeed Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) not only turned into a protracted nail-biter to determine not only who serves as Virginia’s top law-enforcement official, but it also could determine control of the evenly split state Senate.

Herring and Obenshain are state senators, and Herring’s win will prompt a special election. Because Herring’s Loudoun County district is seen as highly competitive, his win could cause Democrats to lose power in the evenly divided Senate. The GOP has a wide margin in the House.

Obenshain’s decision came a day after Herring’s lead grew to more than 810 votes, with 73 percent of ballots across the state recounted, according to Herring’s campaign…

In late November, the State Board of Elections declared Herring the winner by just 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast, a margin so slim it entitled Obenshain to a government-funded recount.

If the 800-vote lead holds, the race will lose its distinction as the closest statewide election in Virginia history. The record-holder is the 2005 contest for attorney general between then-Del. Robert F. McDonnell and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath). McDonnell won by 360 votes.