It’s a bit early to start thinking about golf, but Earl Woods’ advice to his toddler son might be relevant to executive succession politics these days.
“My father taught me the game from the flag back,” Tiger Woods told an interviewer recently. What the late Earl Woods was impressing on his prodigy son was that it’s all about results.
The shadowy figures who are manipulating the executive-successor process have had their eyes firmly focused on the flag for at least several months. The goal, now becoming obvious, is to install a Democratic executive of their choice with the least damage to Hein’s reputation. Chief of staff Adele Reiter, Hein’s designated fill-in until the end of the year, the Sphinx behind the throne, will assure only positives will emit on that legacy..
The needle moved forward with this week’s revelations that it is now too late for a special election primary. Party leaders will nominate candidates if a special is called.
A special election can be called if Hein vacates his office at least 180 days before the Nov. 5 general election. which comes out to May 8.
Hein would be foolish to resign until he is confirmed by the state senate. A special election requires 90 days lead time That means Hein has to resign and the governor call for a special election no later than May 7 (181 days from Nov. 5)
But do the powers that be, which include our micro-manager governor, really want to risk exposing their hand-picked nominee to a special election?
I don’t think so, what with a broad field of eager candidates on fast-track and confident of almost certain victory (with the Democratic nomination) in November.
A similar scenario played out in last year’s congressional elections. At special election, in limited voting, the anointed one could easily finish second (yikes! or worse, Better to eliminate this unpredictable melee and go to convention in June with party endorsement eminently manageable. Of course, there could be a primary after that, but at least this wheat would separated wheat from chaff, a clearer path to the prize.
What this comes down to is that upwards of 45,000 registered Ulster Democrats will have no voice in choosing between perhaps half a dozen credible candidates until, maybe, next summer when for all intents and purposes, the die will have been cast.
Face it folks, party bosses have taken over our democracy for their own selfish reasons and nobody seems to care. Fore!
Meanwhile, the wheels role forward. According to Albany sources, the state senate will begin hearings on Cuomo’s nominees (including Hein) sometime next week. Given the time sensitivity of the Hein appointment, he might move up the chart, Once confirmed, Hein is free to resign as executive after which his appointed successor (Reiter) sets the special election date. Each committee has seven days to call nominating conventions. Democrats have more bodies owing to an embarrassment of vacancies in the moribund Republican county committee, but in no case will 300 or more delegates be making this decision. Only convention nominees will face each other in a special election.
Or will they? There’s still time to manipulate this process, which is to deny the public a voice. I’m not convinced that it is in the interest of the manipulators to expose their candidate to a short-sprint, low turnout special election where anybody with 25 percent of the vote can win.