In a race where New Yorker's are extremely unfamiliar with the Republican candidates running against incumbent Democrat, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the NY Post endorsement for David Malpass, may catapult him into the lead for the Republican Ballot.
He served as deputy assistant Treasury secretary under President Ronald Reagan and deputy assistant secretary of State under the first President George Bush; in both jobs, he worked on a host of national and international economic issues.
Earlier, he was senior tax analyst for the Senate Budget Committee and later served as GOP staff director at of Congress' Joint Economic Committee before moving to Wall Street, where he was a highly regarded economic analyst. Malpass is a different kind of candidate, one who doesn't fit the conventional political mold. Some would call him a policy "wonk" -- yet he speaks eloquently and authoritatively on the economic issues that are of critical concern to New York.
In that respect, he follows the intellectual tradition set by the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, one of the most fertile minds ever to sit in the Senate. Whether that can translate into vote-getting ability on the campaign trail remains very much to be seen, but New Yorkers can be confident that -- if elected -- Malpass would be a highly knowledgeable and principled advocate for the state's interests.
That would be in sharp contrast to the woman he hopes to unseat -- who almost overnight morphed from centrist Democrat to slavish follower of every hard-left special interest.
The NY Post hasn't made their endorsement lightly. David Malpass has been trailing DioGuardi in polling. However, I think one could certainly make the argument that David Malpass' credentials in economics could be a boon to him in a potential run against, as the NY Post put it, a "slavish follower of every hard-left special interest." Especially given the state of the US and State economy.
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