After Daniel Squadron cast his vote in the public advocate’s runoff this morning, the state senator predicted a “surge” of fellow New Yorkers would do the same, resulting in victory later tonight.
“We’re feeling great!” Mr. Squadron told Politicker as he walked out of his Cobble Hill polling site with his wife, Liz, and their two-year-old son, Theodore.
Mr. Squadron is facing Councilwoman Letitia James in what has become one of the nastiest contests of the season, with both sides lobbing–and then shaming the other for lobbing–negative attacks. But Mr. Squadron said this morning he expects to end up on top.
“Look, we think that every vote will matter,” he elaborated when asked how close he thought the final margin would be. “We know it’s a close election going in, but we feel great about the energy, about the surge that we’ve had. And we feel really good about the results come 9 o’clock.”
Mr. Squadron was immediately pressed on his tense interview last night on Road to City Hall, where host Errol Louis repeatedly asked about an anonymous robocall attacking Ms. James. Mr. Squadron first claimed he hadn’t heard the call, and then decline to answer one way or another.
This morning, however, Mr. Squadron confirmed the robocall was his over Twitter and told reporters he would be wiling to release everything his campaign had sent out this cycle. “We think it’s the right thing to do; we think my opponent should do it as well–and we’re happy to do that,” he said.
Mr. Squadron also commented on the much-criticized runoff process, where millions of dollars are being spent to determine an official whose yearly budget is only a fraction of what it costs to hold the election.
“I absolutely think there’s a better way to do this,” he said, citing instant runoff voting as an alternative. “We think more people are voting than all of you would have it and that’s great news. The enthusiasm that is out there is a whole lot greater than the political chattering classes would say. But we also know not enough people are voting and it’s costing a whole lot of money.”
“I plan tomorrow–after I’m victorious,” he added, “to come out and remind people that there’s a better way to do it.”