Albany as Narnia

Jack McEnenyWith the news that Jack McEneny won't be running for re-election this year, something one of his kids told us a few years back came to mind. Said John McEneny of growing up with his dad:

"Every time you got in the car there was a tour. Albany is my dad's Narnia, you know. He sees it as this magical place of people and neighborhoods."

Jack McEneny's had a good, long run representing Albany in the Assembly. But there always comes a time for the next generation, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. McEneny pretty much said as much last night.

Still, the city will be hard pressed to find someone who loves it like that.

photo via Wikipedia


The next representative can love Albany in a new way. A 21st century way, maybe without roots reaching back to the O'Connell/Corning machine. Might even be a transplant to the city from elsewhere, bringing new appreciation and perspective.

But as voters we better really, really vote for the best person for the job because incumbents tend to hang on for at least a generation (or two).

I think it is great that we have elected officials who live in fantasy worlds. I'm not going to say how I got this photo, but if you saw McEneny's bedroom, you would realize how right his kids are.

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