NY13 made headlines this year when Vito Fossella (R) was arrested in Virginia for drunk driving on his way to his second family - unbeknownst to his family and friends back in conservative Staten Island, who made him drop out of politics.
With Fossella out of the race, the only Republican seat in New York City is virtually guaranteed to turn Democratic. But which Democrat?
Steve Harrison ran a great race progressive against Fossella in 2006 when he was still popular, earned the endorsement of the NY Times, and got 43% of the vote despite being outspent 13-1. And Harrison was so committed to beating Fossella that he immediately announced another race for 2008.
When Fossella dropped out, Democrats should have supported Harrison. Instead they recruited Michael McMahon, a City Councilman who supported the Iraq War and was endorsed by New York's Conservative Party, which is far right of the Republicans.
Why? Because McMahon will be a reliable party hack, while Harrison will stand up to the corporate-sellout leadership and fight to bring our troops home from Iraq, enact guaranteed health care, and restore the Constitution.
Harrison is endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, Down With Tyranny, and Democracy for NYC.