Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Why the Heated Battles for Unpaid and Obscure Positions?
Here is a very insightful piece from Chris Bragg at City Hall News talking about why so many people are running fierce and sometimes very expensive battles for unpaid and obscure political positions such as district leader or state committee. In one of these races in Brooklyn, a candidate raised $49,000, which is more than most Assembly races. These positions have virtually no power (except when district leaders get to decide who will be the County Boss every 20 years or so) but are seen as stepping-stones to a real political office. Of course, here in the Bronx, that notion is sometimes turned on its head when you have a sitting Senator, Ruben Diaz Sr., also running for district leader against incumbent Ken Padilla. Diaz won, and I am sure residents of that district will feel the impact.