While calls mount for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to withdraw from New York City’s crowded Sept. 10 mayoral primary, one of the disgraced ex-congressman’s Democratic primary opponents is fighting to guarantee that his own candidacy will survive through the Nov. 5 general election, regardless of what happens in the September primary.
Longtime political satirist-turned-politician Randy A. Credico is busy circulating nominating petitions to appear on the November ballot as the nominee of the hastily-organized Tax Wall Street Party, an anti-austerity entity that plans to expand nationally during next year’s mid-term elections — and beyond.
The nascent Tax Wall Street Party will need a minimum of 3,750 valid signatures by the August 20th midnight filing deadline to qualify Credico for a spot on the November ballot. Party activists hope to collect two or three times as many signatures as required.
Credico, whose long-shot mayoral candidacy is beginning to draw national attention, appeared on San Francisco’s KPFA’s “Flashpoint” program yesterday to discuss his bare-bones campaign and his proposal for a Wall Street Sales Tax.
During his 12 ½-minute radio appearance, Credico — the only comedian in the race yet one of the most serious-minded candidates running for public office in America’s most populous city — said that this year’s New York City election was turning into something of a “geek show,” featuring at least two candidates resembling the sideshow freaks that once regularly appeared in traveling carnivals.
“You have two geek shows going on,” he told KPFA listeners. “You have Eliot Spitzer running for comptroller and you have Anthony Weiner running for mayor, and so it’s almost like the elephant man walking around the room.”
Credico was just warming up.
“The only people immune from taxes,” he said later in the interview, “is Wall Street.”
Readers can listen to the full interview here.
Credico, who polled 24,863 votes as the Libertarian nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and publicly endorsed former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson for President last year, is vigorously campaigning for a one-half percent Wall Street Sales Tax that could swell the city’s coffers by an estimated $60 billion annually, enabling the city to significantly strengthen its increasingly imperiled social safety net while improving the lives of its impoverished and working-class citizens.
Among other things, Credico’s forward-looking platform — reflecting an almost Damascus Road Conversion from his left-libertarian economic views of a year ago — calls for free education for CUNY students, free public transportation, and a citywide Medicare-for-All program.
Describing himself as “the most progressive candidate” in the field, the 59-year-old Credico also promises to put an end to the city’s racist “Stop and Frisk” policies, as well as the NYPD’s controversial domestic spying operations. He also advocates a moratorium on rent evictions and foreclosures and supports raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $12.50 per hour.