I love my public representatives, and feel swellings of pride when someone I voted for does something brave.
My Governor is Andrew Cuomo, whose first act in office was leveraging all the goodwill from a landslide win to push marriage equality through a balky legislature.
My former Senator was Hillary Clinton. Nuff said.
My current Senators are Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer. Ms. Gillibrand was instumental in the repeal of DADT, an acronym that we're already starting to forget because it was such a nothing, as well as the bill that expanded health benefits to 9/11 workers. And Mr. Schumer, well, he's a camera-hog (it was once said that the most dangerous place in Washington was between Schumer and a camera) and an old-school liberal and a tireless worker on a pothole level.
My representative in the House is Carolyn Maloney, she being one of the few voices to take to the House floor to decry the Defense of Marriage Act when it was first proposed. I hope she's feeling a gentle glow of satisfaction now that it's been struck down.
My City Councilwoman is named Jessica Lappin ( we call her "Jessica Rabbit"), who's best known known for sponsoring the law that requires "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" to disclose what they're up to.
“These are not licensed medical facilities. Most of the time, they do not have a licensed medical staff on site — they have staff or volunteers who have an agenda that they are trying to push,” Lappin said.
She's now running, as the favorite, for Manhattan Borough President. She had endorsed the Assemblyman from my district who was running for her old seat. Until today, after a story about alleged sexual harassment broke in the Times:
In a statement from her campaign, Lappin said, "Today’s New York Times story about Assemblyman Kellner was deeply troubling. His behavior was clearly wrong and inappropriate, as he himself acknowledged. Because of the seriousness of the issue, I am withdrawing my endorsement of him for the City Council seat I currently hold.”
Micah won't be getting my vote.
You may notice that the majority of my public representatives are women. Certainly partially chance, but equally certainly partially a trend.
People love to vote for President. They turn out in huge numbers. But it's the local elections that really have the most direct effect on your daily life. Get some really good people in those positions, your life will get better. Vote whenever you can.