Judicial candidates take a dive at the convention
If you've never seen a judicial convention in Manhattan, here's a quick video that shows one of its more fascinating characteristics.
Judicial candidates who fail to earn the support of the party leadership invariably announce they are declining to accept the nomination they were just seeking.
Daily News editorial board member Michael Aronson can offer a string of colorful metaphors to describe this process.
All the "thanks but no thanks" speeches usually include a few key talking points. The candidates say it's an honor to have been nominated, not unlike actors at the Academy Awards. They all note that they were deemed qualified to be on the bench by an independent screening panel, so there's no question about their competence. And each of them vows to return next year, in the hopes of currying the favor of party leaders that might put them over the top next time.
Ken Lovett had a good explainer on some of the back-room political fights playing out at this convention, featuring the new county leader Assemblyman Keith Wright, and two Manhattan lawmakers with muscles to flex: State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who nearly decapitated the Harlem political hierarchy in June, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who's eying next year's mayor's race.