Our endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg for a third term (“Our pick: Mike Bloomberg for mayor,” online, Sept. 30) and a subsequent article about Borough President Markowitz’s endorsement of the Republican mayor over Democratic rival Bill Thompson (“Marty — a loyal Dem — backs Bloomy for mayor!” online, Oct. 1) created a firestorm of comments on our Web site and our voicemail system. Here are the choicest of the choice words:
I just read your endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg. I have to tell you that I will never read your paper again. I’m a Baby Boomer and I was brought up to believe that my vote counted. What a disgrace that you would endorse somebody that threw my vote down the toilet. Just down the toilet — and that’s how he got in.
Shame shame shame on your paper. What happened to democracy in this country? How could a paper like yours back somebody like him?
If that’s your values, there are plenty of Baby Boomers who are not happy who will stop reading your paper. And rightfully so.
Shame on you and your paper.
No name given
What a bunch of brown-nosing clap trap. Way to go, Rupert!
I especially liked this line: “To his ill-informed critics, the mayor is a tool of developers who want to pillage our communities.”
What about ill-informed editorialists?
Of course he’s a politician! He pays to play, instead of getting paid to play. Same difference.
By the way, how’s that Ground Zero thing coming along under this Superman’s steady hand?
This line said it all for me: “When faced with the obstacle of New York City’s two-term limit, he spent a considerable sum of money to overturn the inconvenient law. For many voters, that disqualifies Bloomberg from further service.”
Count me as one of them. Bloomberg has done what I would call an excellent job as mayor. That said, he only got the job because of term limits, and to spend his personal fortune to overturn the law that not only brought him his first and only public office, but has served New Yorkers well in many other instances, is pure cynicism and evidence of faltering competence.
Your editorial stated that “in a head-to-head race against Comptroller Bill Thompson, there is no question who will serve the city better.” Well, that statement is demonstrably false. There is a very real question, and that is due to nothing else than Bloomberg’s strong performance as mayor.
Using your logic, you would have to make the same statement about [Rudy] Giuliani if he were running against Bloomberg. Now, there is no question in any New Yorker’s mind that Bloomberg has been far superior to rude Rudy, but the only reason we know that is that he got the chance to show us. Bill Thompson has not had that chance, but judging by the way political newcomers have outperformed their predecessors, I’d say its a very strong possibility that he would be a much better mayor than Bloomberg.
And even if he isn’t, we’d be better off with a new mayor every eight years than letting billionaires buy the office over and over again or voting in divisive narcissists like Giuliani simply because we recognize their name.
Big V, Park Slope
This endorsement says it all, most eloquently. Mayor Bloomberg is the kind of public servant that inspires confidence in our city, state and nation. We all need people like Mayor Bloomberg to lead us!
John, former Dutchess County
This endorsement says it all. New York has forgotten what it used to stand for at the core: justice and freedom above the convenience of authority.
The new people in this city don’t know it, and the old people born here don’t show it.
It is truly a sad day when we find ourselves deciding our fate by the lesser of two evils.Charles
Not only will I never vote for Bloomberg, now I will never vote for Markowitz again. Shame on him.
Ellyn, Gerritsen Beach
“Party Hearty” Marty Markowitz is a sell-out to all of Brooklyn. Who else could be more Brooklyn than Bill Thompson: born and raised in Brooklyn, a former deputy Brooklyn borough president.
Shame on you, Marty!
This is a very sad day for all Brooklynites.
Joe, Brighton Beach
I’m very disappointed in the Brooklyn Paper. I started reading your paper a few years ago when your coverage of Atlantic Yards was fresh and incisive. With this endorsement, I can only guess that corporate pressure from above has caused you to jettison all pretense at journalistic integrity. Sad.
R, Fort Greene
Brooklyn Paper, you know your print edition makes excellent filler for a hamster cage.
Having said that, your “endorsement” means nothing to me.
In the voting booth, not only will I not vote for cheesecake man, I won’t vote for King Bloomberg either.
Al Gore endorsed Bloomberg on the environment? Well, sorry, Al, but your political credentials went to zero during the 2000 election when you backed down for “the good of the nation.”
Al, perhaps you need to ask those who live near the Gowanus Canal about Bloomy’s record on the environment.
Fourth Estate, DUMBO