The seven candidates for Governor of New York gather on Long Island Monday to debate....But before then they are prepping for the showdown.
For Andrew Cuomo, its just a case of avoiding a big gaffe and let the others pepper him...For Carl Paladino, it's his only remaining chance to appear gubernatorial compared to Mr. Cuomo.
For the five minor party candidates, its a chance to break through and make a name for themselves and their parties. They are all trying to get the requisite 50,000 votes.
The only female in the race, Kristin Davis cancelled weekend events in Central New York to concentrate on debate prep with key advisors, including political guru Roger Stone.
Candidates like Charles Barron hope to go after minority voters which suggests an attack on Mr. Cuomo and the Democratic establishment.
Green candidate Howie Hawkins will run left as the progressive alternative to Mr. Cuomo who has tacked right in the wake of the state's fiscal problems.
I'm not sure what strategy Libertarian Warren Redlich has other than to be a less abrasive Republican than Paladino.
Rent is 2 Damn High candidate Jimmy McMillan will likely plead the case for poor being driven from Manhattan by....you guessed it....high rent.
Charles Barron On Monday's Big Debate: "I'm In It To Win, Not To Spoil, Not To Entertain"