Capano Jeopardizes Race By Selling Bloomberg to Voters
(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.