In the season finale of West Wing, when the Democratic Nominee for president is finally decided and giving his acceptance speech, Alan Alda’s character, the Republican Nominee Arnie Vinnick, stands up and exclaims “Ok, let’s go win this thing.”
We’re certainly not supporting Republican candidates, but the Democratic Nominees for City Comptroller and Public Advocate have finally been decided. John Liu narrowly defeated David Yassky for the NYC Comptroller nomination 56% to 44% and Bill DeBlasio trounced Mark Green for the Public Advocate nomination 63% to 37%. Only about 200k New Yorkers voted in the runoff.
So what now? All of these long and hard fought campaigns deserve praise. They contributed to the democratic process by providing options and helped shape the debates in their own ways. Young people from across this city, and many of them MYD members, joined or volunteered for candidates. I know that, when one pours their heart and soul into an effort like this, that the impulse is to just give up if they lose. But, I implore you to remain active and keep pushing.
The election is not over, and we still need to get as many Democrats on the ballot as possible. Our work is not over, and in many ways, it is just beginning. Over the next four weeks, MYD will be making aggressive pushes to win back City Hall and influence other local races. In fact, we have a phone bank at the Bill Thompson for Mayor campaign offices on Monday and Wednesday next week from 6pm – 9pm (99 Madison Ave). If you have time, please come by.
Let’s go win this thing.