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2018 Mayoral Election
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Miro Weinberger (D) * 5809 48.92%
Carina Driscoll (I) 4155 34.99%
Infinite Culcleasure (I) 1910 16.09%

I had a fortuitous encounter and nice chat with Bob Kiss in Battery Park after voting today.  Well technically yesterday since it's after midnight.  He mentioned that Francis Cain is still with us, which is kind of neat.  When I was in high school I helped clean out the bomb shelter under city hall and there were these old reel-to-reel audio tapes of mayor Cain that I suppose were to have been played in the event there was a nuclear war *and* he was incapacitated.  I don't know.  There were also many metal tins filled with rotten saltine crackers.  Let's face it.  It would be better to die quickly in a nuclear war than live a few more pitiful days in the radioactive hellscape that came next.  This was around the time the wall came down in Berlin.  I think the wall came down and we threw out the reel-to-reel tapes and the saltines the next day.  Something like that.

So you can see the totals from the election.  It's extremely significant that Miro Weinberger won with less than 50% of the vote because it allows us to argue that in either an instant runoff voting, or two-person race scenario, we'd be talking about mayor-elect Driscoll right now. 

I tweeted an embarrassing false projection that Miro had won a city-wide majority before Wards 2 and 4 were counted and had to apologize for it.  Again, I'm sorry.

48.92% is agonizingly close to that majority mandate every politician wants, especially for a mayor who won with 68.27% last time.  Carina hurt him.  She cut him like Rocky cut Drago in Rocky IV.  "You see?!  He's not a machine!! He's a man!!"

Miro can argue that his support actually went up from 5241 votes in 2015 to 5809 votes in 2018, but higher voter turnout in 2018 has turned him into a plurality mayor.   What could he have done differently that would have maintained the majority's support?  He knows what I found disqualifying in his second term.

We can speculate about whether Carina's 'testing the waters' period before announcing a firm decision to run swayed Infinite Culcleasure's decision to officially enter the race before she did.  If she had jumped in with both feet immediately, would Infinite have deferred to her candidacy and stayed out?  The results seem to indicate that a 2-way race would have been a squeaker with an uncertain outcome.

Like Judge Judy says, shoulda coulda woulda.

Majorities, mandates and legitimacy are the gossamer threads that hold leaders up spiritually and give them power.  I have personally never voted for Miro Weinberger.  In the 2012 Democratic nominating caucus when (in theory) I could have thrown the then-tied vote to either Tim Ashe or Miro Weinberger, I abstained from voting at all.  I will always find the outcome of that caucus questionable.  On the first day of voting at Memorial Auditorium when I attended, they started checking people in by computer.  Then the computers crashed and they moved to checking people in with paper lists.  Nothing would have precluded someone who had checked in by computer and received a ballot, from checking in again on paper and receiving a second ballot once the computer crashed.  That's what I remember.  I also remember hearing rumors of shenanigans in the vote counting the day the caucus reconvened to break the tie.  Nonetheless there have now been three city elections since to validate Weinberger, in which I have voted for Wanda Hines, Greg Guma and Carina Driscoll respectively. 

Congratulations to mayor Weinberger on winning a third three-year term.  Nine years will be one more year than Bernie Sanders got and three more years than Bob Kiss got.  Bob and I agreed in the park that if Carina lost today, she can still run again and win down the road.  We talked about Burlington Telecom a little too.  We agreed it's too bad the city won't own the asset, but that it will still be of great benefit.  Bob took a calculated risk to build that network for us, and I told him he did a good job.  In the end we did not lose money on it, and the city has a great fiber optic network.  That's the reality of Bob Kiss's legacy as mayor regardless of the "failed policies of the recent past" rhetoric Miro ran against Carina with.

The city will look much different three years from now when it's time for the next mayoral election.  49% will give Miro the time to build his tall buildings and knock down the Moran plant.  We shall see how things go.

posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 2:23 AM  
  • At March 07, 2018 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Haik,

    Interesting article but I have to point out that but its incorrect to say we did not lose money on the Burlington Telecom deal. We recovered less than half of the 17 million still owed to the City of Burlington from the improper transfer of tax money to prop up BT. BT did turn out to be a profitable entity is what you probably meant but per the deal with Bluewater and Citibank we were obliged to sell it. If we end up retaining a share which is an option, maybe we could recoup the remainder of the money owed.


  • At March 20, 2018 12:30 AM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    Hey Mickey. Joan Shannon said the same thing on Twitter. I dunno. If someone offered to wire the whole city with fiber for under 10 mil we'd be psyched, so even if we don't keep a share, which I don't know why we wouldn't, it can be argued the economic benefit to the city from just having the network will eventually result in enough additional revenue to make up the difference. So I'll stick with the contention that money wasn't lost. It was invested.

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