Eyes On City Hall: A Young Man's Education In New York City by Evan J. Mandery

By Evan J. Mandery

The crusade is a close-up examine the paranoid, frenzied, oppressive, and exhilarating global of contemporary political campaigns—a universe the place fact is fungible and ethical conviction a trifling asset, like beauty or own wealth. Corporeal restraints don't exist. humans frequently turn into issues they're not.Evan Mandery, learn director on Ruth Messinger’s doomed problem to Mayor Rudy Giuliani, bargains a behind-the-scenes examine political campaigns within the tv period. A day by day account of the 1997 big apple urban mayoral race, it takes us to the true battlegrounds of recent politics: polls, concentration teams and tv modifying studios. With Mandery as our advisor, we watch first-hand as political specialists, conceive of the perfect candidate after which try and healthy their consumer into that perfect, regardless of how uncomfortably.The stars of the tale are memorable: Rudy Giuliani, popping his eyes and tweaking the reality; Al Sharpton, the colourful preacher and emerging political strength; and Ruth Messinger herself, torn among her populist political upbringing and the trendy political global the place cash dominates over all different matters. occasionally cynical, usually mirthful, and continuously sincere, The crusade will perpetually switch your view of political campaigns.

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1 have mixed feelings about whether marital problems or philandering is within the legitimate scope of news coverage. When Gary Hart defied the press to prove his infidelity, he made the issue fair game. But Rudy Giuliani hasn't done that. Rudy has consistently said that his family life isn't anyone's business. (An understatement, really. When a television reporter asked Rudy whether his wife's absence from the Inner Circle press revue meant his marriage was on the rocks, Giuliani said with typical restraint, "You have no right to ask that.

I hire him without a personal meeting. He has experience and is willing to work for less than minimum wage. Though I'm pleased with these two additions to the staff, the fact of the matter is I'm desperate. Jim has been hounding me mercilessly about getting a staff together. I feel fortunate to have landed two people who have actually been through a campaign before. The interviewing had not been going well. Low pay, a long-shot candidate, and a difficult boss don't sell very well. Before Art, the only person who expressed enthusiastic interest in the job was a young, obviously unstable man who was doing computer programming from his home in Long Island.

It was the last election she would lose in twrenty years. In 1977, she won the first of three terms on the City Council. During her twelve years as a councilwoman, she earned a reputation as a tireless worker and a fierce critic of the Koch administration. In 1983, the Daily News rated her the most effective member of the City Council. In 1989, after considering a run for mayor or comptroller, she ran to succeed David Dinkins as borough president and won with 83 percent of the vote. In 1993, she nearly repeated that performance, winning with 76 percent of the vote.

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