You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Thought Exercise: Gov. Spitzer reaches midpoint of second term? [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Places » New York Donate to DU
OswegoAtheist Donating Member (440 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 11:23 PM
Original message
Thought Exercise: Gov. Spitzer reaches midpoint of second term?
Advertisements [?]
How different would New York politics be had Spitzer not hired prostitutes, leading to his subsequent exposure and resignation? For whatever reason, it's been something I've been thinking about lately, and I'd like to hear some DUer thoughts.

There are quite a few obvious differences; Sen. Gillibrand would very well be Rep. Gillibrand still, as she was named Sec. Clinton's replacement following a contentious fight between Gov. Paterson and TPTB in Albany and New York City. But who else would have Spitzer named? Anthony Wiener? Andrew Cuomo? Carolyn Maloney? Would he have gone Upstate or Downstate (however you choose to define those terms)?

What would Spitzer have done as governor during the 2008 bailout and beyond? Would he have been as Populist a voice as he is now that he's out of office? Would he have continued what was a long prosecutorial streak when dealing with corporate entities? Would there have been an Occupy Wall Street? Would it be facing the same animosity as it does from the Cuomo and Bloomberg Administrations?

Would gay marriage still be legal in New York? Would prostitution be legal ;)? Who would have been Spitzer's opponent in 2010? Would Carl Paladino have been nominated against Spitzer? Or would it have been an establishment GOPer like Rick Lazio? Would the rent still be too damn high?

My answers: A safe House Dem from Downstate; He'd probably have investigations but Cuomo as AG wouldn't have been nearly as proactive as Spitzer had been; there'd definitely still be an OWS, but they'd still be in zucchini park and on friendlier terms with the state government; gay marriage would have been all that was legalised; he'd have run against (and crushed) an establishment GOPer (not Lazio tho), and the rent would still be too damn high.

Thoughts?

Oswego "#occupyoswego" Atheist
Refresh | +1 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 

Home » Discuss » Places » New York Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC