Political Trailblazer Is Quick to a Microphone
[T]here is praise in many corners for Mr. Liu, who holds the distinction of being the first and only Asian-American to win a major elective office in New York City. Peter Vallone Sr., a former City Council speaker, said that as the first Asian-American on the Council, Mr. Liu was simply fulfilling his responsibility as a trailblazer, breaking new ground in New York's well-worn arena of ethnic politics. The opinion is echoed by Mr. Liu.
"It's not something I sought," Mr. Liu said in a recent interview at City Hall. "In fact, I wish I were the ninth, or the tenth. But I happily accept the responsibility that comes along with it. There's a lot of pressures that come along with it, but also lots of opportunity."
Given the precedent he has already established, there are those in City Hall who speculate about whether Mr. Liu aspires to become mayor.
"Am I interested in running for higher office?" Mr. Liu said in response to a question. "Yes, I am."
I'd probably vote for him. Right now, I can't see voting for any current wannabe.
Posted by ronn at August 23, 2006 01:35 AM