August 19, 2005

Boston to New York

It worked for Bloomberg, I suppose... William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, says he's running for the same job in New York next year, which will place him in a race against Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

Weld's a capable politician who will likely benefit from widespread anti-Spitzer sentiment on Wall Street. But the real test, of course, will be how he finesses the Yankees-Red Sox question.

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 19, 2005 08:46 AM

I was starting to think (like everyone) that this race was going to be a Spitzer blowout, but Weld has a very good shot. People "misunderestimate" him in the same way if not for the same caraictured reasons as the George W. Bush: if the president is a dumb cowboy hick, then Bill Weld is supposed to be a dumb Brahmin twit. He's not, and unlike Pataki, I also think he'd actually have both the drive and the ability to get things done. Hell, he managed to push most of his stuff through the state legislature here, and it was FAR more stacked against him even than New York's would be.

I like Weld quite a lot, and always have: a victory on his part--if it meant working in his office--might even be able to get me to move to Albany (well, it's better than Tallahassee as state capitals go, if only because it's sorta'-kinda' closer to other places).

Posted by: Dave J at August 20, 2005 11:17 AM
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