Thanks Nancy for inviting me on to contribute. First an introduction. I'm Randy Miller and my first and only visit to NY was last January for the CUIP national conference. I live in Syracuse, Utah (I hear New York has a Syracuse too) and I am active in trying to consolidate the independent movement out in these parts.
So, yes, we have non-partisan municpal elections here in Utah. For city offices, council, mayor, chief of police etc., those positions are non-partisan and it works well I think. The net effect is that there is an outreach to the community. The parties still organize their meet the candidate nights, but so do other organizations and undecided citizens. I've been plenty active in partisanship in years past, but not too involved in politics until the last few years. Consequently, I have been double blind to how good we have it to enjoy a non-partisan system for a portion of our public offices.
Part II, corruption
I have had an interesting exchange that has been buried in the comment pile regarding a corruption investigation for a, let's say a large sum, of Bloomberg's money. And there has been an allegation that the Independence Party of New York City is or may be involved in some sort of corruption in connection with the missing money. As a non-New Yorker, let me make a couple of observations:
- 1. The money is flowing the wrong way for this to be a corruption issue. As I understand it, Mayor Bloomberg spent North of $100 million in his last campaign (which was extreme overkill, but I'll get into that another time) and the amount involved in this alleged corruption is less than 1% of that entire campaign expense. 2. I see from the stands that the Independence Party of New York City does not have the numbers that the Big 2 have. So it is puzzling to me what big carrot IPNYC has to dangle in front of Bloomberg in exchange for dollars.
I'll see you all on the CUIP conference call tomorrow evening.