Great story about Norman in The Daily News today. It’s one of the best stories I’ve seen out there. I’ve put some excerpts below, but I really recommend reading the whole article, which you can do by clicking this link.
What job are these guys running for? Public Advocate or Mayor?
Siegel, 65, is the only candidate for the watchdog job who has said he won’t use it as a springboard to run for mayor.
He doesn’t even think the public advocate should remain as second in the line of succession.
It’s common to hear people in political circles opine that in the four-man field, Siegel wants the job of public advocate more than anyone else does.
Norman talks about the nature of the job:
“We will show, every day, how this office can really help people,” he says. “There’s nothing like this in America. There’s nothing like this in the world.”
A few words from a supporter:
“Norman has been the people’s advocate his whole life,” raves Gail Paris, 61, who comes out one morning to help Siegel campaign at an upper West Side train stop.
Norman lays out his vision for the office:
Just imagine, says Siegel, the only candidate who’s never held public office, what he could do with a government staff instead of just his private law office.
“You could put together the best public interest operation in the world with people in New York. Having people who are idealistic and passionate and wanting to change the system, oh! what we could do every day. It would be amazing.”