People who like to keep their heads down may not understand it, but I regard it as a good thing to be caught in the middle, with shots coming from all sides. I don't want to seem too beholden to any one of the Democratic campaigns, but at the same time I don't want to work to create an artificial system for equivalent writing about each campaign. After all, the different campaigns have different merits - and are each releasing different kinds of information. I can't create equality where equality doesn't exist, and so I have to write about what comes up as it comes up, and hope that it all sorts out in the end.
So, it was with satisfaction that I read the last three comments left here at Take Back New York's 24th. Each comment offered a critique of my coverage of a particular candidate, but none of the comments were offered from the same perspective. One comment called upon me to offer more probing criticism of Michael Arcuri's campaign. Another comment chastised me for my conclusion that Les Roberts is running a strong campaign. The third comment took called my criticism of Sherwood Boehlert's poor attendance to his own health "a cheap shot".
I've received sharp responses to my articles about Bruce Tytler and Leon Koziol too, and that's great. A lot of these comments sound curiously close to the various candidates themselves, and almost everybody here likes to comment anonymously, but that's fine with me. What matters most to me is that there is a healthy discussion about this congressional race.
I'm a Democrat, and I want a Democrat to win this race, but I haven't made a final decision to lend the support of this blog to any one of the Democratic candidates. Leon Koziol has quickly dropped out of the running for my personal endorsement, due to his right wing attitudes and weird, personally-obsessive, style of campaigning.
I believe that I can best serve the campaigns of Bruce Tytler, Mike Arcuri, and Les Roberts by providing information about their activities and positions, but also providing criticism when criticism is needed. Each one of these three campaigns is in serious need of some prodding to strengthen its public outreach campaign - and that means more than glossy advertisements on television and meetings with county Democratic committees. If I rub these campaigns the wrong way every now and then, I don't mind, so long as it gets the campaigns to work harder in compensation.