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Political Idol: Season Two

Here we are once again with another spectacular season of Political Idol. Our judges from left to right are Pat Richoski from United Neighbors In Syracuse( UNIS), Mary Pestly of TNT, and Spike my trusted dog.

These are two of many candidates who at the end of this campaign may run the city of Syracuse, each sacrificing time and money to land on the ballot. Getting here was no easy task, they’ve all gone before their respective tribal councils and received the approval or rejection based on their political performance.

Let me introduce our hosts for this evening’s event, the entire fired staff of WTVH 5 news. They’re wearing bags over their heads so they can’t be indentified most still want to work in the industry, or what’s left of it.

Stage Hand: Stop throwing darts at Michael Benny’s picture and let’s get this show goin’. Host:
“First up from the powerhouse 17th ward democratic tribal council choice Stephanie Miner with her rendition of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’ ” W
hen the song ends the judges sit in stunned silence as the audience gives her a standing ovation.

Pat Richoski: “I thought it was pitchy and on the schmaltzy side of things. But I did like the background vocals of the Common Council.”

Mary Pestly:”That still doesn’t answer my question! But I voted for Stephanie and I liked it!”

Spike:”Woof, Woof, Woof. “(I want a dog park, did anyone say anything ’bout dog parks?)

As Minor exits the studio a giant HD screen tells the remarkable story of Joe Nicoletti’s previous failed candidacy for Mayor, “After winning in a bruising primary battle ‘Joe,’ didn’t just disappear when most candidates would have drifted away. Hired by Roy Bernardi a Republican, the democratic tribal council members never forgave him for getting a job with the administration of the opposition.

Joe begins to sing with a multi-cultural group of citizens in the background as he belts out the electronically modulated Kanya West’s Heartless, this brazen act give the judges a curve ball since it has been tradition to avoid any lyrics that may cause conflict.

Pat Richoski: “I liked that, it describes the reception UNIS has gotten over the hundreds of vacant houses in the city. Cost to tear down a vacant structure, $20,000; ‘How could you be so heartless’ that’s priceless.

Mary Pestly : “I’m speechless. I just don’t know what to say. I wouldn’t count Joe out, remember when everyone had written off former mayor Roy Bernardi. On election night those who’d ignored his campaign were eating a whole lot of crow.”

Spike: “Woof, Woof, Woof,” (You know, I was bobbing my head to the beat, good job. “Arf, Arf Arf,” (I still like Alfonso).

Next installment of Political Idol will feature a sing-off between candidates; perhaps our contestants will sing from the James Brown Song Book. Jackson is the editor of UrbanCNY – reach him at urbancny.com.

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