Primary Over But — Questions Remain!


Now that the poorly-attended primary election is over, what droplets of meaning can be wrung from it? Some people think Mark Green (pictured), who finished second to Brooklyn councilmember Bill de Blasio in the public advocate race and will face him in a runoff on September 29, is played out in New York politics.

“Mark Green spends the next two weeks of his life preparing for an ass-kicking he can do nothing to prevent,” says Room 8’s Gatemouth. “Maybe Green will find a way to pull this one out in two weeks,” says Steve Kornacki. “If he does, he’ll be back in the game in a big way — an instant contender for the 2013 mayoral election. If not, though, this should be it, for real.”

(This may be a reaction to the general presumption that Green would finish first, if not avoid a runoff.)

As Elizabeth Dwoskin noticed, de Blasio got an early start on runoff prep by announcing he was “troubled” by doings at ACORN, which has had some big trouble of late. And he’s challenging Green to ten debates in the two weeks between now and September 29. Despite his first-place finish, his is anything but a lazy, stand-pat campaign.

The Times takes a crack at analysis, finding something like a trend in voter lukewarmness toward, or outright rejection of, several council candidates who had backed Bloomberg’s term limits overthrow. “The groundswell may be a bad sign for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg,” they say. We don’t see it; Bloomberg has consistently positioned himself above mere politics, not to say mere democracy, which theme he reiterated in his bizarre primary night campaign rally, duly covered by TV news as the equivalent of the actual candidates’ election night parties.

Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn knows what it sees in the results: “The Results Are In: Three Who Oppose Atlantic Yards Win Local Races.”

We are relieved to learn, after much fruitless searching, the name of Staten Island Democratic council candidate Debi Rose’s Republican opponent: Tim Kuhn, a 20-year Air Force veteran, who pledges to “stick to my family values and conservative principles, regardless of the pressure to change my mind or how it affects my personal well-being.” Well, it is Staten Island.