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Strange Facebook bedfellows, X2


A few Tweeps pointed out two cases of "strange (political) bedfellows."
First, we have Assemblywoman Addie Russell becoming friends with Bobby Cantwell, her Republican opponent in 2008.
The timing is pretty interesting. I was talking with one of Mrs. Russell's staffers yesterday, who mentioned that the assemblywoman was working with Mr. Cantwell on an initiative, though I either didn't follow up or I've forgotten what it was.
And then we have Bill Nelson and Art Sciorra. This one's much more fun. As the attached photo can attest, Messrs. Nelson and Sciorra are STILL Facebook friends as of Friday afternoon.
That's despite the fact that, last night, Mr. Nelson, the mayor of Ogdensburg, called for Mr. Sciorra to step down from his post as city manager.
A quick note, too, on that story. You thought in a town of 12,000 that not everything would boil down to politics? The mayor and the city manager were a close-knit bunch, but it appears as if the mayor has seen the writing on the wall, and the writing on the calendar. That is, Nov. 8, when he will go up for re-election. Tough to win when you've got this albatross around your neck (for all the background, read the story by Chris Robbins).
The thing is, though, Mr. Nelson may be the mayor, but he's not Mike Bloomberg. He can't unilaterally hire or fire employees. That's a decision the City Council will have to make. And it appears as if Mr. Sciorra still has the requisite allies needed to keep his post, because he's not going anywhere.
Ah, love the smell of loyalty and politics in the morning (mid-afternoon).

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