Forget about next week’s Democratic primaries. The nastiest
political race raging these days is the one to replace Joe
Mondello as head of the near-moribund New York State
On one side are what New York Post political editor Fred Dicker, in
a nicely over the top op-ed column today slugged “Lobbyist Attack,” dubs the “forces
of destruction.” Who might those be? Hold on to your Page
Sixes, folks, it’s all the ex-state leaders that the Post
has been promoting for years: Al D’Amato, George Pataki,
Rudy Giuliani, Joe Bruno. Even that footnote of an ex-
attorney general, Dennis Vacco. What these exes all have in
common, writes Dicker, is that “they all became rich after
achieving public office, in large part because of their
continuing ties to the Republican Party.” (Now you tell
This cabal is backing Henry Wojtaszek – “the little-
accomplished Niagara County Republican chairman,” as Dicker
puts it – to retain power over the GOP so they can keep
raking in the boodle, “no matter what the consequences” for
Meanwhile, the real grassroots campaign to rescue the party
from this cynical crew, Dicker writes, is being waged by
none other than Edward R. Cox – the white-shoe Manhattan
lawyer from an old-line, blue-blood family. An accomplished
lawyer, Cox’s chief claim to fame remains his 1971 marriage
to Number One Nixon daughter, Tricia.
Despite his regal upbringing, Cox has demonstrated the
“common man’s touch”, says Dicker, by traveling around the
state talking with frustrated local Republican leaders.
“He’s a Wall Street guy with a Main Street personality,”
one Cox backer says.
Don’t tell Fred but Fast Eddie might also have picked up
some tips on his down-to-earth approach back in his law
school days when he worked as one of the original Nader
Raiders for consumer advocate and now outright radical,
Ralph Nader. He also spent the crucial Woodstock summer of
1969 writing for the then ultra-liberal New Republic.
Good thing a Voice endorsement is a kiss of death in any Republican race (some Democratic ones as well), or we’d join Dicker in endorsing Eddie too! Our kind of Republican!