Last time around, pitted against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he was the 17 percent man, gathering that percentage of the vote in the 2006 Democratic primary.
Winning 17% of the vote against a Democratic icon like Hillary Clinton is actually a huge achievement. Remember, the Democratic Primary would have been held in September of 2006, back in the days when we thought more Democrats would solve our problems.
He is against the health care bill, and wants Medicare for all. He is against the dual wars (“I will not vote for a single penny to continue either war”). He wants to increase the minimum wage immediately to $10 an hour and see it quickly reach $15 to $20. He wants a stronger labor movement. (“People say you’re antibusiness. I’m pro-business because I want jobs. What I’m against is foolishness.”) He wants a tax on every financial transaction on Wall Street. He supports gay marriage and gun control.
The gun control thing could be a problem in upstate, but not insuperable. NY state is one of the few places in the US where pro-gun control candidates can win.
Tasini the man:
Mr. Tasini doesn’t own a car. His apartment in Washington Heights rents for less than $1,000. He rides a bicycle and the subway.
One of his few indulgences is season tickets to the Yankees — grandstand level.
He asked the two men, “Am I going to lose a lot of votes on the Yankees thing?”
It might be a good thing to have a Senator who does not own a car. There are still places on Capitol Hill that rent for under $1000 if you are willing to live east of Eastern Market.
If you live in NY state, check out the Tasini web site. If you attend any Tasini event, or volunteer in his campaign, please post about it.