Lovely Warren is either brilliant or out of her mind.
In recent days, she has been soliciting advice from the area’s movers and shakers about whether she should run for mayor.
Word got out and she didn’t deny it when asked. She said she might run even if Mayor Tom Richards runs for reelection.
This could be Warren’s way of saying, “This is my time.”
It’s possible Richards, who is already on the fence, will throw up his hands and say, “I don’t really need the drama right now. It’s time to retire.”
If that happens, Warren’s move was brilliant. By floating her name, she forces out a big threat.
But it would be naive to think there won’t be many other threats in her path. If Richards bows out, expect a free for all. This could be 1993 all over again. That year saw a six-way Democratic primary. (Heavy Democratic enrollment has meant elections in the city are essentially decided in primaries.)
If Warren jumps in, with or without Richards, there will be many people lined up against her for one big reason: Assemblyman David Gantt. Warren is his chief legal counsel and a close friend. Gantt has been a polarizing figure and Warren is closely associated with him. That may not be fair, but it’s a big piece of luggage. Rightly or wrongly, Gantt’s critics see him as someone who pulls political strings and doesn’t always play fair. Warren would have to work hard to unite people and forge her own identity. She would have to explain her vision.
She also risks alienating Richards’ considerable number of supporters right out of the gate, unless he gets behind her candidacy. If she runs and loses, her political future could be damaged. (Where is Wade Norwood now?)
Warren has a compelling life story and an admirable record of achievement. But by putting in her name now, she may be giving credence to those who alleged she supported Richards in the 2011 special election because there was an understanding he would only serve the rest of Duffy’s term. Some are thinking the “deal” fell through, angering Warren and prompting her possible run.
Whatever the case, what could have been a sleepy mayoral year has suddenly become a “fasten-your-seatbelt” election that could shape city history.
Links of the Day:
– The state won’t make the fatality review of an abused child public. This is a regular denial and law should be changed to hold child welfare agencies accountable.
– Syracuse has an 80-year ban on sledding…that no one obeys.