Hiring Season

This is the season when mayoral candidates hire chiefs of staff, communications directors, and other people who will soon be quoted anonymously as “senior staffers” and “aides.” They’ll be choosing from veterans of losing national Democratic campaigns and veterans of losing local campaigns.

This will be, among other things, the campaigns’ big foray into ethnic politics. Staff hiring is a first way to send a signal to insiders that you’re aware of, and compensating for, any perceived tribal lapses.

So the white candidates are currently scrambling for the best African-American operatives, while Freddy looks to hire, ideally, Anthony Weiner’s mother.