DC: The New York Daily News bypassed Democratic candidates for New York City’s office of public advocate and endorsed a Republican because of his support of the city’s now-defunct Amazon deal.
The city tabloid, known for its liberal editorial views, endorsed Republican City Councilman Eric Ulrich among all the 17 contenders (16 of whom are Democrats) in the special election race, as the former public advocate Letitia James became the state’s attorney general in the 2018 election.
One of those Democrats, Assemblyman Michael Blake, The Daily News described as “the smartest, most grounded pragmatist on issues from the closing of Rikers Island to homelessness and beyond. But he loses points for trying to convince this board that he had been a fan, on balance, of the Amazon deal. Turns out he counted himself as a strenuous opponent all along.”
“Only a vote for Ulrich will set the stage for a real election,” the endorsement says of Ulrich, a supporter of former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
The large field of contenders means that a winner could become the city’s public advocate with just 6 percent of the vote of what is likely to be a very small fraction of all the city residents (8.6 million) who end up turning out to vote.
“To ensure a competitive primary and general election, New Yorkers should vote for Eric Ulrich, a Queens councilman who is a registered Republican,” the endorsement continues. “Should he win the interim election, the 16 Democrats will certainly primary each other (where a 40% minimum is needed) to face Ulrich in November.” more