We've been telling you about the five minor party candidates for governor who will be on display at Monday's debate in Hempstead. It will be interesting to see how they perform.
One is a comedian/entertainer named Jimmy McMillan. One assumes he will be interesting. As we heard on the HOTLINE yesterday, Libertarian Warren Redlich has a polished set of talking points on overspending in Albany. Also this week, I interviewed Howie Hawkins who is well read and well versed in progressive politics in a year when everyone is trying to appear conservative.
Charles Barron is an experienced lawmaker in NYC and his wife is a member of the Assembly. I am sure he can talk up a storm.
Meanwhile, Kristin Davis comes in with considerable notoriety due her previous occupation as a madam, but that's a double edge sword as she will have to rise above the infamy to earn some of the limited number of votes available to third party candidates. She is smart and well spoken and my read is she will do well and in this field her gender will allow her to stand apart from the guys.
Clearly, most voters will vote for a major party candidate on line A or B, while some will vote for Mr. Cuomo or Mr. Paladino on one of their "me too" lines. Of the estimated 4.5 million to cast ballots this November,it is likely only about 5% of those would even consider an independent candidate.
Although with it looking like Mr. Paladino will be blown out by 25 points, some voters may be more willing to cast a protest vote or a strategic vote to help a new party get ballot status.
Third-party candidates for N.Y. governor add interesting element to election theithacajournal.com The Ithaca Journal