August 23, 2006

Mayor John Liu?

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

John Liu has demonstrated a genuine willingness to speak out on important issues facing residents of Queens, as well as many social justice issues. I'm not sure if he's known enough beyond Queens however. Perhaps there is a City Council Presidency in his more immediate future. Posted by: Bernie on August 24, 2006 09:34 AM
If I'm not mistaken, he can't run for the Council again. So forget that. He'll have to run for another citywide office. Maybe Public Advocate. Hopefully he can make it strong again after the current phantom in office. Posted by: ronn [TypeKey Profile Page] on August 24, 2006 09:01 PM
you know i need to pay more attention to local politics. i didn't know anything about this guy until i saw him on tv recently talking about survivor. Posted by: lynne [TypeKey Profile Page] on August 29, 2006 02:00 PM
Don't worry Lynne, not everyone is well-versed in politics. Although Liu is hard to ignore, it's possible for those with active lives. ;-) Posted by: ronn [TypeKey Profile Page] on August 29, 2006 11:08 PM
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