New Yorkers get their first look at The Magnificent Seven gubernatorial candidates tonight, and if you can’t find someone to embrace on this stage then you’re a choosy beggar who doesn’t even deserve true democracy and you might as well head straight for Tehran.
And those are just the minor party candidates. For those with a built-in pro-major bias, they get to choose from a buttoned-down Democrat desperately trying to keep his passions under lock and key, or a Republican given to regular, geyser-like eruptions about everything from gays to Shelly Silver.
Even though the debate is hours away, we’re ready with awards for best warm-up performances:
Best Video goes to Warren “LeBron” Redlich, the Libertarian Party candidate who posed for us in jump-shot getup as he declared where he wanted to play.
Best Campaign Tune goes to Jimmy McMillan, Vietnam vet and former post office worker. A taste of the lyrics: “They took damn out our party name. Without it — it ain’t going to be the same.”
Best Pre-debate Throw-down goes to Brooklyn city councilman Charles Barron: “Don’t go for the bogeyman tactic,” he warned the News‘ Frank Lombardi last week. “Cuomo is hiding behind Paladino’s racism and loose-cannon behavior.”
Best Impersonation of a Campaign to Kristin Davis the self-declared madam whose campaign is both run and paid for by the Nixon-tattooed Republican arsonist Roger Stone. At debate time, Davis is clocking in at $28,000 raised, with almost $20,000 coming from Stone’s own checking account.
Cuomo and Paladino finished out of the running in all categories, but they may redeem themselves this evening.