By DON GLYNN
Niagara Gazette — Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner both contend they’re trying to make a comeback in politics to serve the public. Obviously they failed the first time around so why should anyone trust them now?
New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica put it best: “In their insanely self-absorbed view of things, the public is there to serve them.”
Spitzer, as you know, resigned in 2008 after it was revealed that he was connected as a client to a high-end prostitution ring. The story broke shortly after then-Gov. Spitzer placed a phone call to a prostitute in Washington, D.C., while he was on official business in Niagara Falls. (He had stopped for lunch at the former Shorty’s Ultimate Bar and Grill.) Subsequently, the disgraced politician landed a job teaching at New York University and cable television show that failed with poor ratings. Then, out of the blue, Spitzer announced Sunday that he was entering the New York City controller’s race. That could be another pipe dream if he fails to secure the signatures of 3,750 Democrats to enter the primary. The filing deadline is 11:59 p.m. today.
Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after it was learned he had sent a sexually sensitive photo of himself to an adult woman following him on Twitter. That never stopped him, however, from entering the mayoral race. (Michael Bloomberg is not seeking re-election.)
Viewing the scandals and the ongoing lack of trust in public servants, former Gov. Mario Cuomo — father of the current governor — says: “If you want to solve the problems, then you need to start with the people, who have to start taking a greater role here before the fact, instead of waiting until later to start complaining about who got elected.” He’ s absolutely correct. If the voters show they don’t really care who wins the election, then they deserve what they get.
TIME TO REFLECT: Ed Rath of Youngstown, a Civil War buff who has studied and visited sites linked to the landmark battles waged from 1861 to 1865, attended the re-enactment of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Battle last weekend.
“It was a scorcher, unbelievably hot,” Rath said, adding that at one point he needed a break from the action so he returned to his vehicle for refreshments.
Countless others shared Rath’s experience, as judged by comments around the historic event that day. Some 260 persons, victims of the heat and humidity, were treated at medical aid stations and a mobile emergency room. Eighteen of those were taken to area hospitals. Sometimes the on-field action can prove a little confusing, with 99 percent of (fallen soldiers) faking it, as part of the script, according to Barry Kline, overseeing medical operations near the re-enactment site.
Officials estimated that upwards of 250,000 persons visited the town from June 28 to July 7, generating nearly $100 million for the local economy. The town’s year-around population is set at 7,000.
Rath, recently retired from the staff at Niagara County Community College, appears delighted that he has more time now to pursue his deep interest in U.S. history, especially in the War Between the States.
RIGHT ON!: Yvonne’s Bakery & Cafe, 449 Third Street, is a welcome addition to the South End. Moderately priced and sparkling clean, it’s bound to be popular with more local residents — after they discover it — as well as tourists venturing out of the state park to explore the Cataract City.
MENU ITEM: If the two office seekers (mentioned above) are successful in the upcoming elections, some New York deli will undoubtedly start offering a “Weiner-Spitzer” special.
Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.