New Hampshire and the race for president are dominating the political news right now, but its worth noting that the first shot of the 2009 battle for Westchester county executive may have been fired this weekend.
In an “op-ed article”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080105/OPINION/801050313/1076/OPINION0 published in Saturday’s The Journal News, Republican Rob Astorino, who ran for the post in 2005, takes a hard swipe at County Executive Andrew Spano over his decision not to particpate in emergency readiness drills with state and federal officials.
“There is a clear and present danger involving the Indian Point nuclear power plant, and it needs to get addressed fast,” Astorino wrote. “It is not from terrorists, nor is it from neglect or incompetence. It is from Westchester County Executive Andy Spano.”
Astorino has not said yet whether he will run against Spano again. In 2005, he ran a spirited campaign but suffered from a lack of funding and some significant gaffes.
The op-ed also could also revive one of the major issues of the 2005 race: Astorino’s ties to Indian Point-owner Entergy. The Spano campaign continually tried to link Astorino with the nuclear plant, at one point suggesting that Entergy was providing talking points to Astorino.