Our sister blog, Politics on the Hudson, raised an interesting point last week, after the primaries: Even though some candidates had the backing of the county’s Democratic party machine (as was the case for some candidates in Greenburgh), that didn’t always translate into a win. However, in the Mount Vernon mayoral race, another kind of endorsement did yield results. I’m talking, of course, about the celebrity kind.
The winner, in that election, appears to be Clinton Young, who narrowly beat incumbent Ernest Davis by 349 votes. And while we may never know exactly how many of his overall votes came thanks to the endorsement of hometown hero Denzel Washington, you can bet it was more than a thumbs up from Andy Spano would have gotten him.
All of which got me to thinking: With all the political activists in the county, which ones have the most sway? Would a plug by Pound Ridge’s Susan Sarandon help give Hillary’s camp a popularity jolt? Could Peekskill/Verplanck native Mel Gibson hurt or help a candidate with his endorsement? What about Rosie?
You tell us. Vote in the sidebar poll.
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In case you haven’t picked up the latest issue of InTown Westchester — shameless self-promotion alert! — be sure to check out our list of the best battles of the year (Clinton vs. Wallace, Elmsford vs. Greenburgh, Mickelson vs. himself). My favorite is still Phil Reisman vs. Andy Spano, a battle immortalized in last summer’s “Mano-a-mano with Spano” mini-golf tournament. But even though the county executive handed the columnist a humiliating defeat on the mini-links, Reisman has proven himself to be the bigger man. Witness his holiday gift guide for Spano and all the other Westchester power players — including Spano’s “Vulcan-like deputy, Larry “Bermuda” Schwartz.”
Reisman’s comprehensive list is like one of our “Suburbarazzi Stocking Stuffer” posts on steriods. Some highlights:
Sue Kelly. For the soon-to-be-former congresswoman from Katonah, a compact disc of the greatest hits from Orleans. The voters have spoken, Sue, but you’re still the one.
Hillary Clinton. Last season’s DVD of “Desperate Housewives” and a video of a long-forgotten Sam Peckinpah film called, “Bring Me the Head of Obama.”
Con Edison. To the executives of the utility of futility who can’t stand up to the rigors of a mighty wind, I give them a warm refrigerator stocked with rotten meat.</div></blockquote>