All the buzz and speculation about who will get Hillary Clinton's Senate seat seems to be getting to David Paterson. The Gov said yesterday, "[F]rankly, this is a serious issue, which I think is starting to be treated as some sort of reality TV show. No, this is reality of life."
Hey, wait a minute. Turning this into a reality TV show might not be such a bad idea...
We're thinking this whole situation could be some quality (and, of course, slightly trashy) civic entertainment. The ingredients are certainly there. Let's call it Top Senator.
The group in the running for Clinton's seat has all the characteristics of a classic reality show cast:
+ The arrogant frat guy character: Andrew Cuomo
+ The small town up-and-comer character: Kirsten Gillibrand
+ The blue blood character: Caroline Kennedy
+ The pushy New Yorker character: Carolyn Maloney
+ The openly gay character: Randi Weingarten
+ The African-American character: Byron Brown
+ The Latino characters: Adolfo Carrion Jr and Nydia Velázquez
+ The random white guy character: Brian Higgins
+ The tell-it-like-it-is, where-I-come-from guy character: Tom Suozzi
+ The ditzy character: Fran Drescher
And, of course, there have to be challenges. We're thinking a few Quick Fire type short challenges (a la Top Chef):
+ The stand in front of a gas station decrying the price of gas photo op (also known as The Schumer)
+ Milking cows on an upstate dairy farm.
And for elimination challenges:
+ Who can draft the best earmark (AKA Pork Wars).
+ Convince special guest judge Tom Golisano to help fund your 2010 election campaign.
+ Who can find their way from Angola, NY to Albany first with just $20 in cash.
We'd watch that.
In actual news about this situation:
+ Ted Kennedy is reportedly working hard behind the scenes for Caroline.
+ Mike Bloomberg seemed to issue support for Caroline Kennedy.
+ US Rep Carolyn Maloney, maybe the only person to say outright say she wants the job, has hired a political consultant close to Paterson to help her chances.
+ David Paterson said he will consider AFT president Randi Weingarten for the job.
Kennedy photo: Flickr user diggersf
We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.