Brown vs. Rasiej

One of the interesting down-ballot outcomes of this race was a reminder of what a low-tech slog city politics really is.

Andrew Rasiej, a tech entrepreneur who got lots of ink, not least here, for his plan for affordable wireless internet, wound up with just over 5% of the vote.

Michael Earl Brown, by contrast, didn’t appear in the Campaign Finance Board’s voter guide, or on televised debates. His campaign seems to have consisted largely of simple, black-and-white leaflets affixed to bus shelters around the city.

And Brown got over 9%.

Maybe it was simply race — Brown was the only African-American campaigning for the job. Some suggest it had to do with his sharing a name with the hapless FEMA chief who was much in the news — and whose photo NY1 briefly used as the Public Advocate returns came in — though I’m not sure why that would win him votes.

Anyway, the bottom line seems to be that Thomas Friedman doesn’t carry much weight in the Democratic primary.

NOTE: This post is corrected from an earlier version. If you see an error in a post, please email me instead of/as well as putting it in comments — it’ll be caught sooner that way.

Article continues below
More from Politics
Mayor Bill de Blasio huddles with his former counsel Maya Wiley.
De Blasio Says ‘Going Forward’ He Won’t Hide Conversations With Private Consultants