Dysfunction Junction

30 Aug

I’ll never understand why candidates for statewide office don’t rally the troops in Upstate New York and instead focus on downstate politicos. Sure, there may be more money down there but, there is a discordian mafia in this area that is just waiting to hop on the bandwagon of a candidate who listens to and understands our problems. We’re fed up we’re looking for answers.

When a Rochester think tank asked thousands of New Yorkers this spring how they viewed state government, it found an overwhelming number are plain mad at the ways of Albany.

But in Western New York, respondents to the poll are more than angry. They’re downright seething.

If someone would have hired me to consult on the Tom Suozzi Gubernatorial campaign, I would have told the man that he should spend his time and money motivating upstate voters to rise up and vote no to the status quo. It’s a risky strategy, but no less likely to fail than begging downstate hacks for money and trying to motivate a group of voters committed to the status quo.

There is a sizable majority of people up here that will vote for a thoughtful and reform minded candidate for governor, regardless of his/her party affiliation.

Upstate voters are a puzzle wrapped in an enigma inside a conundrum…we’re pissed and we’re apathetic. Why? Because we keep being presented with empty suits like Spitzer who couldn’t be bothered to piss on us if we were on fire. We need change and we need it now…and the first candidate that figures out how to speak to us will lead a revolution.

It’s time to demand more of our politicians and it’s time to finally say that average just isn’t good enough.

7 Responses to “Dysfunction Junction”

  1. eac August 31, 2006 at 1:08 am #

    I consulted my pineal gland and perceived that we’ll never get a good candidate without serious campaign finance, media, and public education reform, and even when we occasionally do, there are such serious, chronic, and frankly intentional problems with the entire electoral system that this hypothetical great candidate would never, ever get elected.

    Or did you really mean “revolution?”

  2. Juan from Clarence August 31, 2006 at 11:02 am #

    Anyone who would call Eliot Spitzer an empty suite must have a serious screw loose or is just out of touch with reality.

    Maybe more people would read your page if you could be taken seriously, maybe then you wouldnt have to be pimped out on 11 other peoples pages.

  3. hank kaczmarek August 31, 2006 at 12:40 pm #

    There is a sizable majority of people up here that will vote for a thoughtful and reform minded candidate for governor, regardless of his/her party affiliation

    Geek–I’d LOVE to believe that, but even before the 12 years of Pataki, I don’t see many, if any in WNY who would veer away from the D,L, or G buttons. Call me a cynic, but after 47 of the last 51 years of WNY government being under Democratic Control, I hazard lying my coin with you. But I hope like hell you’re right.

    When was the last time someone from WNY ran for, much less was elected governor of NY?

  4. BuffaloGeek August 31, 2006 at 1:27 pm #

    I’d like for someone to tell me exactly how Eliot Spitzer intends to reduce my property taxes. Exactly how he intends to reduce Medicaid spending. Exactly how he intends to cap school spending. Exactly how he intends to reform the Taylor, Wicks, and Scaffold Laws. Anyone?

    The best counterpoint I get from Pundit on the Spitzer issue is that “it’s Spitzer’s turn” or “He started campaigning a lot sooner and wrapped up the endorsements”.

    I don’t want a guy that the SEIU or CSEA thinks is going to do a bangup job. I’m tired of political “turns”. I want plans, not fancy commercials.

    eac is right, the entire system needs an enema…

  5. Buffalo Hodgepodge August 31, 2006 at 5:31 pm #

    Who’s Juan from Clarence? Is he really an empty “suite” or did he just stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

  6. Saloon Bishop August 31, 2006 at 11:03 pm #

    Why don’t statewide candidates rally troops in upstate NY? It’s called votes, as in New York City 8 million, WNY about 1 million. No one downstate cares about upstate. They don’t know it exists.


  1. In da Buff: Naked Words from the Naked City » Blog Archive » Geez…we are frustrated with the way New York is run and some think Spitzer is not the answer - August 31, 2006

    […] Geek doesn’t like Spitzer and thinks he is more of the same type of politician Albany is known for…this is from the Buffalo News today… “I don’t find that Spitzer has an actual plan,” he said. “It’s more of a list of generalities meant to make you feel good . . . I have no hope that a Spitzer governorship will lead to any change at all.” […]

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