It may be hard to believe, but the race to be New York’s next governor just got wackier.
Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins has released a commercial that asks, “Where are the (expletive) jobs?” The commercial, which is posted below, will air in all statewide New York media markets, except the expensive New York City market, during "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" over the next week.
The profanity-laced commercial seems somewhat tame compared to the most recent gubernatorial debate in which seven candidates seemed to be in a contest to see who could be the most outrageous. The most notable example was Jimmy McMillan who represented the Rent is Too Damn High Party.
While Hawkins' latest commercial is unlikely to match the viral exposure of McMillan’s, there is much more for Hawkins and New York’s Green Party to gain on Nov. 2. If Hawkins fairs well in the election, it will likely lead to the Green Party getting the third position in future ballots in New York elections. Right now, the Ross Perot-inspired Independence Party holds the third position. Syracuse.com reports, “the third spot commands not just more attention to voters, but a greater ability to influence New York politics because of the proven clout.”
Hawkins is becoming a familiar face in New York politics and is already well-known in the Syracuse area, where he has run for many political offices. He is a former Marine and Teamster, and while my experience with him has led me to believe he is mild-mannered, he clearly isn’t afraid to mix it up and ask “Where are the (expletive) jobs?”