Step aside Anthony Weiner, Michael Post is also in the mix–sort of.
Mr. Post, a veteran employee in the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, told the Staten Island Advance he’s taking the plunge, jumping into the mayor’s race as well. But Mr. Post, who’s aiming to petition onto an independent ballot line, didn’t sound especially confident of his chances.
“It’s a lot of signatures,” he said of the 7,500 valid signatures he’d need to collect to even appear on the ballot come Election Day, “but I’m still giving it a shot.”
On his campaign website, Mr. Post lays out a litany of complaints against what he describes as the corrupt and self-serving status quo.
“The US constitution states: ‘No taxation without representation,'” he says at one point, for example. “I don’t remember our representatives (elected officials) Consulting with us before creating new taxes.”
Fundamentally, Mr. Post vows to be a different type of representative.
“As a civil servant I have strived to make as much of a difference as I can. I am looking to have a larger impact as a Public Servant, as your Mayor,” he declares on the site.
Even if he makes the ballot, of course, Mr. Post faces a steeply uphill battle to get a significant number of votes. Although Mayor Michael Bloomberg was also an independent as he sought re-election in 2009, the billionaire mayor still needed two major party ballot lines and millions of dollars to compete.