The 2022 New York State gubernatorial campaign is beginning
The next New York State gubernatorial election is coming up on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Candidates will begin to announce themselves, before long. It is anyone’s guess whether Cuomo will be able to remain in office until the election. Charley Rangel, Adam Clayton Powell, Eliott Spitzer and Al Franken have shown us that political outcomes amid scandal are unpredictable. Even if Cuomo can hold on, he may be too badly weakened by the dual scandals to run again. It is even possible that his own party could abandon him.
No matter how it turns out, it will not be the only factor in the election. The shrill stridency of the far left will be on the ballot. A large and growing segment of the electorate is tiring of their antics. There is also the tendency of the opposition party to gain ground in the midterm elections after a change in control of the White House. A more centrist insurgent candidate, possibly a more libertarian one, at that, will stand a good chance, since libertarianism is the antithesis of what the far left is pushing.
In recent elections, the margin of victory has been very thin. A political demographic that can move the election a percentage point or two currently has more influence than ever before. An endorsement from a club like ours will carry weight that is out of proportion to the club’s size.
We should start thinking about what we would like to see in a candidate that seeks our endorsement. We might even want to post a “wish list” for potential endorsees. If you have some thoughts on that, please send them to us.
In the interim, we should try to bulk up. Please get your friends, neighbors and relatives to join the LCNY. While we do not have to disclose the size of our membership, we must file financial disclosure statements with the Board of Elections. Those reports are publicly available, so the political classes know what we have.
“In recent elections, the margin of victory has been very thin. A political demographic that can move the election a percentage point or two currently has more influence than ever before.”