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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:08 PM
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can Al Sharpton win if he ran for Mayor of NYC ?
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MadAsHellNewYorker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:09 PM
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1. Don't Know for sure
but I'd vote for him over Bloomberg
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Comicstripper Donating Member (876 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:14 PM
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29. Nope
He's already run once.
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IronLionZion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:10 PM
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2. I doubt it
I thought New Yorkers were happy with RINO Mike
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MadAsHellNewYorker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:11 PM
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6. Not a single person I know...n/t
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IronLionZion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:24 PM
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15. Most of the New Yorkers I know hate Sharpton nt
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MadAsHellNewYorker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:09 PM
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24. Dont disagree with you there
and most of the New Yorkers I know hate Bloomberg too...

I just think Bloomberg is scum...Much much much worse then Al in the end
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:10 PM
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3. Now that is an interesting proposition :^)
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msgadget Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:10 PM
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4. No
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jrthin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:11 PM
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5. Nope. We've got
too many bigots in the outer boroughs (Staten Island, for one).
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IrateCitizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:11 PM
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7. Not a snowball's chance in hell
Sharpton is a polarizing figure in NY. Plus, many NYers are very familiar with some of his more unsavory past (i.e. Tawana Brawley).
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soleft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:13 PM
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8. Could be possible if he doesn't alienate Latino voters in Primary
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BlueManDude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:14 PM
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9. I've never voted for a GOPer in my life and I wouldn't vote for AS.
His hurts this party.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:18 PM
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12. how ?
i thought he did well representing Kerry on tv and at many campaign appearances.
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TwilightZone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:26 PM
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16. Huh?
http://www.issues2000.org/Al_Sharpton.htm

Looks pretty liberal to me. Care to provide some insight into why you think he's a Republican?
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:15 PM
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10. No way. Not a chance. n/t
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Senator Lamb Donating Member (492 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:17 PM
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11. although I live in NJ
as a long time New Yorker who frequently visits the city, I would never vote sharpton. I would rather vote for Bloomberg who is a RINO anyway.
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ChristianButLiberal Donating Member (33 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:22 PM
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14. he surprised me
When I heard he was running for President I could help but laugh.

But watching him in the debates, his interviews, his speeches...the guy really impressed me. He knows what he's talking about and knows how to express himself very well. I really got a lot of respect for the guy after the elections.

But who are we kidding? Sharpton would get blown out of the water by the GOP smear machine.
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moggie12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:12 PM
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28. I feel like crying when I see him running for President
It's one of those joke things: Do you laugh or cry?? The GOP smear machine wouldn't be needed in Sharpton's case since he already smeared himself. His behavior in the Tawana Brawley case was despicable. He's never admitted any wrongdoing or apologized for throwing NYC into turmoil for a year based on a lie. Why the national Democratic Party embraces him when he's a pariah in NYC is a mystery to me...
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Jesus H. Christ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:21 PM
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13. I'd vote for him.
nt
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:27 PM
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17. No. NT
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itcfish1 Donating Member (204 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:36 PM
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18. Nope
Everyone still remembers Tawana Brawley very well. He was very anti-white in those days. I like Sharpton, but would be very difficult for him to win
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:41 PM
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19. Never
Not in a million years.
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ucmike Donating Member (999 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:42 PM
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20. no.
he's more style than substance and his style is lacking sometimes. i'm pretty sure there's too many bones in his closet for a big time political run.

he has his moments, but not someone widely embraced by ny'ers.
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surfingscuba Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:04 PM
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21. are you kidding??
hell no!!!
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moggie12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:06 PM
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22. Go ahead, attack me -- Sharpton is an embarrassment
As someone who lived in NYC back during the Tawana Brawley case, I can't image NYC voters seriously considering him as a Mayoral candidate. He created an absolute furor with the case and then it turned out it was all a pack of lies and he apparently knew that some of it was! For those of you not from NYC, you have no idea what it was like back then.

Apologists for Sharpton claim that what he did was necessary and useful: That the Tawana Brawley case exposed deep-rooted racism, mistreatment, and bigotry. They are right about the fact that such exists (I'm white and can tell you that it does: I'm constantly amazed and horrifed when white acquaintances suddenly make racist remarks). I just can't see how misrepresenting the facts surrounding Tawana Brawley's "kidnapping" did anything to advance the cause of ending racism. In fact, I think it set it back. Al Sharpton was like the boy who cried wolf: It makes it that much harder to make the case about actual, true cases of racism. To me, he played right into the racist's hands, giving them more fodder for their hate and bigotry.

Why anybody thinks it's somehow good to have Al Sharpton standing on a platform along with other Democratic Presidential contenders is beyond me. I've never seen a credible defense of what he did in the Brawley case (I should note that I discount the Worker's World Party, who have claimed he was framed, as a "credible" source). If you're interested, here's one article that I think failry assesses the pluses and minuses of Sharpton as a Democratic spokeman.

http://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/000833.html
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leftynyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:21 PM
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25. I agree with everything you said
I also remember the divisivness caused by Rev Sharpton. Besides, I think Fernando Ferrer (sp?) will be the Dem candidate.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:09 PM
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23. No
despite the fact that NYC is heavily Democratic look how many republican mayors it has had. Even the Democrats who have held the job have generally been preceived as moderate or middle of the road. Sharpton is too controversial to win--especially in NYC.
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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:23 PM
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26. No way. This New Yorker is pretty certain
that there is just no way. He wouldn't even make it past the primary.
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JohnLocke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:25 PM
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27. Surely you jest.
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dolstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:15 PM
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31. NT
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 05:15 PM by dolstein
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incapsulated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:14 PM
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30. No
/native and current resident
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dolstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:16 PM
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32. Only if nobody else voted
Seriously, you're kidding, right? Please tell me you're kidding.
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