Why did Norman Siegel Lose?
Writing in Norman's name may feel right, but it eludes an important issue: why did he lose?
I campaigned for Norman Siegel for two reasons: I admired his work as a lawyer (both while at NYCLU and after) and he was endorsed by DFNYC. I handed out leaflets and went door-to-door in my fairly liberal neighborhood where many people opposed him.
I never had a sense, however, of an overall strategy of the campaign. Did anyone else? How did the campaign expect to win? Why didn't it? Who voted for Siegel and who didn't? As I understand it, he did somewhat worse this time out than four years ago. Why? I dont know, but it seems to me that this year's defeat of Siegel was not a turnout issue, but a voter rejection of him.
We (or at least I) need a careful review of what went wrong and right with the campaign so as to minimize future losses.