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Capano Jeopardizes Race By Selling Bloomberg to Voters

October 22, 2009


(Image, from Left to Right, of Bob Capano, Michael Bloomberg, and Sen. Martin Golden (aka The Golden Prince) looking chummy)

It has already been established that the vote to give would-be third-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg the party’s line was deeply contentious. Even our politically schizophrenic Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton admitted before he flip-flopped that the GOP’s support of Bloomberg could divide the party.

Now, however, 43rd City Council District Candidate Bob Capano, who was at one time evaluated to be chairman of the party, is taking a huge political risk advertising his connection with Bloomberg in a city in which the mayor is highly controversial.

A recent Marist Poll has received a great deal of attention from the media, demonstrating that Mayor Bloomberg has recently gained ground in his election against Thompson. Yet, that is not the entire story. The poll shows a number of negatives for Bloomberg, negatives that could impact Capano in his race.

First, the poll has only 52% of voters saying they would vote for Bloomberg, hardly a landslide. While he leads Thompson by 16%, there are around 10% of undecided voters that could make this election tighter than it appears. Also, Bloomberg’s favorability ratings have remained unchanged in recent times, meaning he has not grown support in spite of his millions of dollars spent on campaign ads.

Most importantly–and a serious issue for Capano–is the number of New Yorkers that disagree with the Mayor’s flip-flop on term limits. Nearly 50% believe the term limit issue is more likely to make them vote against Bloomberg. Atlas has received emails from individuals troubled over this issue, particularly regarding Capano. One person emailed us saying “why would he do a thing like that?” while another said she “won’t vote for him [Capano]” because of Bloomberg.

The fact of the matter is that Bloomberg is a radioactive figure in GOP politics right now. Emphasizing his support might be a dangerous move come election day, especially if the election is merely a close win for Bloomberg.

Whether Capano realizes this or has taken it into consideration is another story.

Nevertheless, we can only know how this issue will play out come election day.

We will be watching.

  1. Gerry permalink
    October 22, 2009 6:21 pm

    Bob looks like he and Bloomberg just got a civil union lol

  2. Lisa permalink
    October 22, 2009 6:24 pm

    Marty is thinking: Will someone hand me a drink, PLEASE! lol

  3. Sexy Republicana permalink
    October 22, 2009 6:38 pm

    That picture speaks a thousand words.

  4. Rosa permalink
    October 22, 2009 7:10 pm

    If Capano is ok with Bloomberg than I’m not ok with Capano.

  5. anna permalink
    October 22, 2009 8:54 pm

    Bob is using Bloomberg’s money because it’s the only way he can make up for lacking what Vinnie has – a spine. Vinnie stands up to Bloomberg when Bob never would.

  6. Patrick Fitzgerald permalink
    October 22, 2009 9:42 pm

    This topic is definitely going down “memory lane.”

    This may re-fresh some memories.

    Councilman in Brooklyn Faces a Tough Rematch

  7. Susana permalink
    October 23, 2009 11:48 am

    “Most importantly–and a serious issue for Capano–is the number of New Yorkers that disagree with the Mayor’s flip-flop on term limits. Nearly 50% believe the term limit issue is more likely to make them vote against Bloomberg.”

    That quote says it all.

  8. I Heart Capano permalink
    October 23, 2009 12:04 pm

    Bob Capano is a really nice guy but a bit of a chump.

    Bloomberg doesn’t help him at all, unless he wrote him a check. I doubt that.

  9. Inoculated for Shore Road Syndrome permalink
    October 23, 2009 12:10 pm

    Marty: will somebody PLEASE WET MY WHISTLE! lol

    The Bay Ridge Cabal is a twisted bunch, that’s for Shore–I mean, sure.

  10. INFORMED VOTER permalink
    October 23, 2009 5:33 pm


  11. John Stratum permalink
    October 23, 2009 5:37 pm

    Maybe Thompson would have more respect for the Republican Party than Bloomberg does.
    Then again, the leadership of the Kings County Republican Party has no respect for itself or the organization they are supposed to represent.
    Sell Outs!!


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