How high are the ambitions of lame-duck Brooklyn beep Marty Markowitz? High enough that a real live mayor, Michael Bloomberg, will host a fund-raiser for him next week at his Upper East Side townhouse. It’s not an endorsement of an heir, City Hall hastens to add merely a boost from a friend. Still, this is our official signal to start taking the possibility of Mayor Marty, who already has a million-dollar war chest, seriously.
The pros of a Markowitz candidacy include a massive recognition factor (he’s likely the only one of our five borough presidents most people can name Manhattanites, too) and his relentless cheerleading on constituents’ behalf. The cons are that the latter has, over time, rendered Marty a bit of a cartoon. When the man gutted an activist-infested community board last month, the press covered it as though a panda had bitten a man’s head off. Then again, Marty may well be the ultimate New York mayor material: He combines the short stature of LaGuardia, the homey manner of Koch, the generic geniality of Dinkins, and Rudy Giuliani’s, um, love of the carnivalesque.
Bloomy To Host Fundraiser For Marty [The Brooklyn Paper]