Mark Green is mainly known for losing elections, but he did serve as Pubic Advocate from 1994 to 2001, and now he wants his old job back. Green, who announced on NY1’s “Wiseguys” show, says we need a PA who “understands how to make New York a cutting edge, 21st century city.” Bill de Blasio, Eric Gioia, John Liu, and Norman Siegel are also expected to compete. The unfriendly New York Post had previously reported that Green’s friends were “aghast” that Green was contemplating a run for the “largely ceremonial” office, and were “holding interventions” to prevent him from thus “embarrassing himself.”
The Brooklyn-born Green first came to attention as a regular questioner on William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line,” and has since run for Congress, Senate, and Mayor unsuccessfully; in 2001 he was ready to accede to Mayor Giuliani’s request to postpone the post-9/11 election, but Fernando Ferrer, who was challenging him for the Democratic nomination, wouldn’t give in and the plan was scrapped. Green was edged by Bloomberg that year after running TV ads that accused Bloomberg of counseling an employee to have an abortion. (Ferrer got his own chance to lose the mayorality in 2005.) Photo (cc) David Shankbone.