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Not Ready for Prime Time

September 7, 2010

Someone needs to have a chat with Sen. Eric Adams.

Adams insists that the media is picking on him and other black men who are in positions of power in New York. “Throw the bums out” is really code for “Throw the blacks out,” he says.

The reality is that rather than being judged more harshly, black politicians in New York may have been treated more leniently.

In this regard, nobody has wanted to say out loud how unprepared David Paterson, Malcolm Smith, John Sampson and Eric Adams really were when they assumed power. Nobody has wanted to say that their leadership was lacking from the start, and they simply did not improve.

It has nothing to do with skin color. It’s about performance, and the last several years have been an embarrassment.

The problem with Adams and others is that they served too long in powerless positions where nobody paid attention to what they said and did.  Adams just doesn’t get the fact that when you are in control of a house, everything you say and do is scrutinized.

To be fair, the Senate Dems had to contend with the extraordinary situation of having a razor thin majority and a governor who was erratic at best. But nobody can say that the Senate Dems didn’t compound their own problems with countless blunders.

The disgust people now feel toward Albany isn’t racial. In fact, there was genuine goodwill toward Paterson when he took over. People really wanted him to succeed. But he squandered that goodwill with incompetence. And his own party (including the African American community) dumped him.

Something similar occurred with Adams’ boss, John Sampson. He’s an extremely bright, decent and likeable person whom everyone hoped would do well. But he hasn’t. And having sympathy and affection for Sampson simply does not translate into endless patience with a continually bumbling and ineffective Senate.

The real reason for disgust and hostility is the fact that Albany has been a circus over that last several years. But Adams just doesn’t understand that. Nor does he understand that if he and Sampson lose the majority, they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    September 7, 2010 9:36 PM

    Paterson said virtually the same thing last year — that the media was racist, and he wasn’t getting a fair shake. That was bs, and so Adams’ rant.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 7, 2010 9:38 PM

    Not ready for prime time … and never will be.

  3. none of them are but Silver permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:58 PM

    The Senate Democrats were not ready to lead and no one wanted to say anything because the leadership was Black.

    Tom DiNapoli is not ready to lead and no one wants to say anything because he’s , well, Tom DiNapoli.

    The sad truth is only Shelly Silver knows what he’s doing. That’s not good for the people of New York.

    Maybe with Andrew Cuomo in there and Harry Wilson, I hope, things will be a little different.

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