We are at about that time when everyone but Andrew Cuomo wants to be in some kind of debate for governor. At this point, Mr. Cuomo could forego debates, as the public has taken its measure of opponent Carl Paladino and its not a pretty site.
I suspect there will be at least one major party debate, perhaps the one proposed by Newsday at Hofstra University on Long Island.
As for the minor party candidates, I doubt they will be invited but they can of course get some publicity out of the exclusion. Charles Barron will make a fuss over the only black candidate being denied a debate, and Kristin Davis will do the same as the only female candidate.
With seven candidates in all on the ballot, a full debate would be cumbersome and tedious to watch, but it would be good to see the minor candidates for two reasons.
One is they will discuss ideas and issues the major party candidates will not. The other reason, the only race appears to be the race to get to 50,000.
If Andrew Cuomo has the election locked...and it appears he does.....the scramble to create ballot lines is the only matter still in play..most of the public could and should care less but for the inside baseball crowd who watches Capital Tonight, the race for 50,000 is a great parlor game !
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