Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Auerbach is Key to Dems Winning Comptroller Horse Race
The race is now on for County Comptroller...it will not be a Democratic cake walk but a horse race to the finish. On the Republican side there is Jim Quigley who has an impressive resume to say the least and very deep pockets and will easily outspend whoever the Democratic candidate happens to be. On the Democratic side there are two candidates David Donaldson and Elliott Auerbach.
I'm glad that Jim Quigley has announced before the Democratic convention, we as Democrats have a clear choice to make to represent our party for the office of Comptroller, Elliott Auerbach or David Donaldson. I like Dave but he will NOT beat Jim Quigley in a general election. Quilgley will tout on his financial background, his private sector experience and the fact that the County needs a change, how we can't put different County people in higher positions and hope for a better result. Elliott is immune from all of those criticisms. Elliott has an impressive record in Ellenville, like Quigley has private sector experience and unlike Quigley has dealt with a governmental budget and the political aspects that are involved. Auerbach is also a candidate that can run circles over Quigley in a debate and will have a better appeal with voters.
Quigley's biggest flaw is the fact that he was the driving force against the County Charter...his response to that criticism if Donaldson is the candidate, will be that his opponent created a job for himself...again Elliott is immune to such criticism.
This race is too important to give up to the Republican party. For the record, while I disagree with Quigley, I like him personally and I know that he's a fighter, this race will be his life between now and November. We need a candidate that will fight just as hard.
In my humble opinion, there is only one candidate running that can go head to head with Quigley on qualification experience and win this November and that's Elliott Auerbach.
PROS AND CONS OF EACH CANDIDATE :
Pros- CPA, unlimited resources, extensive background in finance
Cons - Fought against the job he is now running for, never has dealt with the governmental process or a municipal budget, not a people person.
Pro- Is currently doing the job he is seeking for the Village of Ellenville, private and governmental experience, charismatic candidate that will appeal to voters.
Cons: None I can think of
David Donaldson :
Pros- knowledge of County Government
Cons : Does not have the necessary qualifications for the position, running for a position that he helped create, limited appeal to voters.
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 12:56 AM