President Bill Clinton
congratulated and encouraged Albert Baldeo to "fight for the
upliftment of your fellow man." Albert delivered BIG for Democrats.
Column: On Politics
by Anthony Stasi
They say in sports that sometimes the
best trade you make is when you choose not to make a trade. The
best thing Albert Baldeo did this year - and maybe for
his political life - was stepping aside and not running in a
primary for the State Senate seat in the 15th district.
On November 13, The Good Government Regular Democratic Club
"It shows that I am getting recognized by the mainstream of my
party," Baldeo told me.
Sometimes awards like this are just ways of thanking people for
their donations. But the Good Government Democratic Club, which
is headed by Lew Simon of Rockaway, is a very active and credible
organization. Baldeo is right to feel that this is a significant
step into the arena that is Queens politics.
The Good Government Regular Democratic Club is not always
"regular." Lew Simon is an extremely active district leader that
has been known to push the political envelope and challenge his
own party. Simon ran against Joe Addabbo in a primary (with other
candidates as well) in 2001 for the City Council seat in the 32nd
District. It was in that primary fight with Simon that Addabbo
began to push a little harder, and that energized his political
success. So it is no great shock that Simon's club saw Baldeo's
activism as something to be applauded.