Making an Issue

For voters in next week’s Congressional elections, their decision on Tuesday may be a referendum on 1) the Bush administration and Iraq, 2) the economy, 3) GOP’s handling of Mark Foley or 4) the idea of Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel controlling one branch of government.

Few people, I presume, will cast their votes based on candidates’ positions on the public financing of federal elections.

Common Cause NY is hoping that the issue public financing — and the more general issue of governmental transparency — is a growing concern, sending out word earlier today that while 18 Congressional candidates in New York have signed on to their Vote First pledge to support “full public financing of public elections,” 44 have not.

It’ll be worth noting after Tuesday if there are any consequences whatsoever for the candidates who didn’t sign.

– Azi Paybarah