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Sunday, February 13th, 2005
12:04 pm
[hamlettwisty]
Spitzer gets pass by Dems. on gay marriage.
Dems give Spitzer pass
on gay weddings

By BILL HAMMOND

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ALBANY - The Democrats attacking Mayor Bloomberg on the gay marriage issue seem to have a blind spot when it comes to members of their own party.

Former Bronx Borough President Freddy Ferrer, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and others are loudly faulting Bloomberg for appealing the decision of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, who ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in New York. But they stayed quiet as Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the Democrats' rising star, fought and defeated three similar lawsuits in upstate courtrooms.

Spitzer says he personally favors letting same-sex couples wed, but feels obliged as an elected official to enforce the law as written and traditionally interpreted. Sound familiar? It should, because that's exactly the position the Republican mayor is taking.

In fact, when the Bloomberg administration refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples - including the five who successfully sued - it was following orders from the attorney general. Last February, after the mayor of New Paltz presided at 25 gay weddings, Spitzer issued an advisory opinion warning other local officials not to do the same thing.

So why is Miller expressing disappointment with Bloomberg but not Spitzer? Why is Ferrer calling Bloomberg's position "incredibly opportunistic" while giving Spitzer a pass? Maybe it's because they're running against Bloomberg for mayor and can't afford to cross a popular attorney general.

The double standard extends to other top Democrats. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer both oppose full marriage rights for gays. As a congressman in 1996, Schumer voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which authorizes states not to recognize same-sex unions from other jurisdictions, and Clinton supported her husband's decision to sign it. That puts them well to the right of Bloomberg, but they aren't taking any brickbats from Freddy or Giff.

And Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver - a Democrat who could push legislation to change the state's marriage law if he wanted to - has managed to avoid taking any position on the issue at all. Talk about having it both ways.

The bottom line is Bloomberg and Spitzer are both doing the right thing. They have a sworn responsibility to enforce the law as it is, not as gay rights groups or ambitious politicians would like it to be. Although the state and city bar associations argue that New York's Domestic Relations Law is ambiguous enough to permit same-sex marriages, a majority of judges who have looked at the question so far disagree.

Bloomberg and Spitzer both want the Court of Appeals to make the final call, and they're doing their part to make that happen.

Yes, tossing the hot potato back to the courts puts the issue on hold for months, possibly until after the mayoral election in November. But if Bloomberg were only thinking of his political future, he could drop his appeal, throw open the doors of City Hall to gay couples and become a hero to the liberal voters that dominate New York City. Then he would just have to spend his millions fending off challengers in the Republican primary. If he could do that, no Democratic challenger would stand a chance.

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2004
2:21 pm
[hamlettwisty]
Spitzer Declares Gubernatorial Bid Today:
I’m Running for Governor

Almost a year ago, I said I would consider running for Governor of New York and that I would make a decision before the end of the year. I've thought about it carefully. I've consulted many people across New York. I've talked to my wife and family, and I've reached a conclusion.

I will run for Governor of New York in 2006. I believe I can be a very good governor and I think the people of this state will be pleased by the job I do as governor.


I start with the proposition that I'm going to fight for all New Yorkers and do my best for all the people of this state, regardless of their position or party, or color or creed.


One of the keys to solving the problems of New York is to make state government more responsive and accountable. Right now, New York government is all about partisanship and gridlock. We're not doing the things we need to do to generate good paying jobs, safe neighborhoods and excellent schools. The system is broken. The state is facing a crisis.


I want to fix what's broken. It's what I do best. I bring people together whether they like it or not and we tackle complex problems – not with band-aid solutions, but with major reform and real change. We did it in the financial industry and other sectors and we can do it in government. I'll bring new energy and resolve to the task of transforming state government and turning around the state economy.


Today, I am confirming that I intend to run for governor and I have authorized my supporters outside the government to begin preparations for a campaign.


The people of New York have been wonderfully supportive of my work so far – and I will be asking for your continued support as we move forward to 2006. The most important thing I can do during the next year is to listen. I ask for your continued feed-back through www.spitzer2006.com and as I travel around New York. Let's discuss the direction of our state and the things we can do to strengthen it.


I believe that people who want change are a very positive and powerful force. I am depending on you and millions of New Yorkers who understand New York's history and tradition as a place of unparalleled opportunity. We believe that New York can be great. We believe that we can change things. That's what my candidacy for governor will be all about.



Eliot


In a poll released last week by Zogby International, 44 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Mr. Spitzer, while 41 percent said they would support Mr. Pataki.

Pataki is going down.
Sunday, December 5th, 2004
11:09 pm
[hamlettwisty]
Eliot Spitzer: the next Howard Dean?


My favorite reply to the post:

Oh, I agree totally. I guess what I wanted to convey was the sense of similar themes being sounded -- in different ways -- about these two candidates.
Howard Dean was right (tm). Exciting the base, in my opinion, is the only way for the Democratic Party to rediscover its soul and re-articulate its mission. It really is not about pandering or "re-branding" or whatever. There are a lot of people who have high hopes that the next couple of years in NYS will clarify a lot about where the state is going, and maybe the nation. I agree with the author of the excerpted opinion above. I think Spitzer can be an integral part of that, contributing in a manner similar to Dean, even if (God forbid) he doesn't get elected.

America's fighting for its life. You would expect to find the most antibodies in places where these ideals have been active the longest.
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