Excitement over Charles B. Rangel’s win on Tuesday night must be gratifying for those who wished to see him in office for a final victory lap through the halls of Congress. But for a community that has changed rapidly without support from many of the leaders who stood with Rangel on stage last night, another term in office must be maddening.
New York State has produced more presidents than any other state except Ohio, but the odds against a New York City mayor are nearly insurmountable. Even to win statewide office is daunting. The reasons are rooted in historic perception and modern politics.
…But the next mayor is unlikely to be a policy entrepreneur in the way Bloomberg was an “education mayor” and thus the scope and depth of previous education reforms will be difficult to abrogate. While the efficacy of Mayoral control is being debated broadly, three potential policy changes in the next Administration may portend significant transformations to the sprawling and often unwieldy system.
Anthony Weiner’s entry into the New York City mayoral race raises interesting questions about how politicians can recover from controversy. But since the days of the Roman Republic, candidates have shown that they can effectively manage the negative aftermath and regain at least some of their former stature.