November 13, 2012 by valuesvotersnyc
The NY Times reports tonight that former Obama aide and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion has disenrolled from the Democratic party to run as a Fusion candidate for Mayor of New York next year.
Mr. Carrión had recently left the Democratic Party and was unaffiliated. Mr. Goldin also said that Mr. Carrión, who would need the blessing of three of the five Republican county leaders to run on their line in the city, had been talking to individual chairmen regularly, and was to meet all of them Wednesday night. Mr. Carrión is also seeking the backing of the Independence Party.
…[I]n a statement, Mr. Goldin said,”Given the yearning for an alternative to the special interests and a leader who can focus on rebuilding and uniting all five boroughs, the coalescing of support around Adolfo Carrión as a candidate for mayor makes complete sense.”
Mr. Carrion has a long road ahead of him as he seeks to convince Republican and Independence Party leaders that an ex-aide to President Obama can be a centrist candidate for Mayor of New York. The $1.1 million in his campaign war chest pales in comparison to the hundreds of millions of dollars Michael Bloomberg brought with him when he ran for Mayor back in 2001.
Although his father, the Reverend Dr. Adolfo Carrion, Sr., is a much respected former leader in the Assemblies of God, the younger Mr. Carrion is neither a true centrist nor a values candidate. He has no real legislative record as a City Councilman or signature accomplishment as Bronx Borough President. For many years he was aligned with the Bronx County Democratic Party that seems to produce more federal inmates and corrupt pols who are grist for the tabloid mill than successful citywide candidates. Carrion had his own minor scandal that tarnished his image.
His background in urban planning was limited to stints in the Department of City Planning and district manager at Bronx Community Board Five. By all accounts, his tenure as the urban planning czar in the White House and as HUD regional director was unremarkable.
The idea that Mr. Carrion is a “alternative to special interests” and is “a leader who can focus on rebuilding and uniting all five boroughs” is preposterous. During his time in public office, his campaign coffers were replete with special interest contributions from special interst PACs, landlords, developers, and municipal unions.
Mr. Carrion has remained silent on comprehensive sexuality education and the dispensing of emergency contraceptives in public high schools without parental consent. He was not heard from during the fight against Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on weekend religious services in unused public school buildings. He has not offered policy initiatives to increase academic achievement, lower crime and reduce unemployment in poor neighborhoods. His spokesman, however, seems to think that a Hispanic surname, a nice resume and a toothy grin qualifies Mr. Carrion as a worthy “Fusion candidate” for Mayor.
Values voters looking for a policy champion will have to search further.
- Staggering Corruption or Just Another “Honest” Mistake? (bokertov.typepad.com)
- Fishy smell coming from Bronx food firm (NYDailyNews.com)