Now comes news that Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he of considerable wealth, held a fund-raiser for embattled Queens City Council candidate and incumbent James Sanders.
And what might be the reason that His Honor would host such an affair at His Honor's townhouse?
Well, Sanders was one of the Councilmembers who voted to change term limits, so that the mayor (and Councilmembers) could run for a third term. It was a policy change strongly desired by Bloomberg.
The mayor "knows how to return a favor," says The New York Post of the event for Sanders.
Well, how does this possibly relatedto the 36th Councilmanic District in Bedford Stuyvesant?
Incumbent Al Vann also voted for Bloomberg's bill to up-end term limits.
So, therefore, a question: Might the mayor ring the political Salvation Army bell for Vann?
Interesting to note: Vann does not seem to appear on a recent City Campaign Finance Board list of candidate who have raised money. Mark Winston Griffith is there, as are Saquan Jones and Tremaine Wright and Robert Cornegy. Seems that more than half a dozen folks are geared up to run for Vann's seat.
Apparently, James Sanders was in a similar situation to Vann's, in that he faced serious opposition and "had not raised any money for his re-election" before the Mayor's fund-raiser, according to The New York Observer's Politicker.
The New York Post's little article on Bloomberg and Sanders can be found here.
Of course, it could be that someone like Al Vann would shun any financial help from someone like Bloomberg. Could be that residents of the 36th would be largely offended at any such involvement by the mayor.
Then again, it could be that someone like Vann doesn't need the help, that maybe he has sufficient local pockets ready to empty themselves at a simple request.
What do we know?
All in all, it's a fairly thrilling time in Bedford-Stuyvesant, politically speaking, that is.
So says Frantz Cayo, President of the Stuyvesant Heights Parents Association.
"I don't think I've ever heard people talk this much about a City Council seat this early in my lifetime," he said.
"It's definitely an exciting time for all of us right now."