Where else in real or fake America can you enjoy any number of cultures and ethnicities celebrating Turkey Day in their own special way.
You can start your Thursday morning watching the parade on HDTV with your neighbors in the Heights; head on over for drinks with your co-workers in Ft. Greene; stop at Junior’s and pick up a cheesecake to bring to your Russian friends in Brighton Beach and then head on over to the family in Bensonhurst for some turkey, prosciutto and melon and rum balls for dessert!
One of the fun topics of discussion this Thanksgiving will no doubt be the probable appointment of our junior Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State by President-elect Obama. So, who will replace our Hillary? Who is on your short list?
People love lists. So, here is a fun game to play with your friends, family and colleagues before, during or after your feast…”Who Wants To Be A US Senator?”
Here’s my list. Your comments and additions are most welcome. We will pass on your list to Gov. David Patterson for his review.
Gov. David Patterson: Why not? He already has legislative experience having spent more than two decades in the State Senate, some of them as Minority Leader. Plus, who wants to deal with the financial headache that is about to debilitate the State? As Governor, Patterson can appoint himself and leave the mess behind that Client #9 plopped in his lap.
Pres. Bill Clinton: It’s been done before. Following his defeat at the hands of Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams left the Presidency and served 17 years in the House of Representatives. Further, since 1923, 44 women have replaced their spouses in Congress, so there is precedent. But Clinton would be the first male spouse to replace his wife. The ex-Prez could break a new glass ceiling for MEN! All of the other Bubba possibilities of him serving in the Congress is left to your imagination.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, (D-Rochester): Louise has been a Congresswoman from Western NY for decades and has a great reputation on both sides of the aisles. Replacing Hillary would not only satisfy the “filling the seat with a woman” crowd, but like Hillary, Louise is not a native-New Yorker. She hails from the Blue Grass State – Kentucky.
Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo: His name is being floated for, as far as I can tell, one reason. After several terms as a do-nothing State Senator, Brown has now spent a term as a do-nothing Mayor. We are supposedly in a “post-racial” America, but let’s face it — Mayor Brown is on everyone’s short list because of color.
If that’s the case:
Rep. Nydia Velasquez, D-New York: First elected in 1992, Congresswoman Velasquez is highly qualified to take Hillary’s place. She’s a former NYC Councilwoman and a college professor. If, as some suggest, this seat has to go to a minority candidate, then Velazquez, Puerto Rican Catholic Woman with REAL credentials is seemingly THE choice.
Judith Regan, Publisher, Talk Show Host: Full disclosure – a friend of mine and her former producer. However, Judith, aside from fitting the “replace a woman with a woman” criteria, is a hugely successful businesswoman who made gazillions of dollars for Harper Collins before she was railroaded by Rupert Murdoch. Let’s face it, Judith knows how to run a business and make money. To paraphrase the late James Brown, “Judith Don’t Take No Mess.” She beat back Murdoch, Roger Ailes, cross-dressing Rudy Guiliani and his shady cop commish Bernie Kerik. She’s my dark horse candidate.
Howie Greene was born in Brooklyn just in time to watch the Dodgers pack up and move to Los Angeles. Currently involved in real estate, Howie was part of the management team for The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, traveling the world with him. Howie spent 2 years working on cruise ships and has literally “sailed the seven seas.” He’s hosted radio shows in Washington, D.C., New York City, Denver, Los Angeles and Buffalo. And yes, Marty Connor was once his landlord.
Howie will be one of the many colorful voices at The Brooklyn Bugle… coming soon.