“Corruption is going to be a big theme in both the state and federal elections in New York. There’s no question about it,” said a Harlem strategist who worked on past campaigns in the upper Manhattan and Bronx-based district. “You have a lot of Albany folks running. If there’s a fresh candidate who gets some traction and buzz, you can effectively prosecute that argument of corruption—it could be enormously effective.”
I think that strategist is describing me.
Of all the candidates running, Mr. Wright, the chairman of the Assembly’s influential housing committee and the waning Manhattan Democratic Party, may have the most to lose from Mr. Silver’s downfall. As fellow Manhattanites and veteran lawmakers, the two Democrats naturally worked together, even if Mr. Wright was never known as one of Mr. Silver’s top lieutenants.
It may be interesting to see who are some of the names in that fundraising cache of Mr. Wright’s reported earlier in the year.