It's the winter of 2014......An icy breeze wafts through the caverns of the Capitol and the parties occupying lines D & E on the ballot are thinking of their quadrennial rite of survival....Getting a candidate on their line who can draw 50,000 votes...or better yet the 150K to 200 K needed to have a chance at grabbing Line C till 2018.
Its also a matter of money. You want a candidate who can shuffle dollars through your party for their interests and yours.
The choice is simple. There are no Golisano's, Trumps or Paladino's looking to spend a bundle on the sisyphean task of running outside the womb of the Democratic or Republican parties.
Cross-endorsing is their only hope and its worked in the past. Spitzer and Cuomo delivered the spill-over votes and the only question was order of finish, not whether they finish.
So with the certainty of a pundit, I introduce the nominee of the Independence and Working Families Parties for 2014, the Hon. Andrew Cuomo. (or Bob Duffy if by chance Mr. Cuomo ascends to the White House sooner than anticipated)
The excitement and independent thought are mind boggling.