I would love to see a woman mayor. I would love to see a lesbian mayor. That said, I think a candidate's agenda and history -- voting record, actions taken, plans for future governance -- trump identity politics.
The pressure on low-income families has only increased over the past eight years. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median contract rent in New York increased from $706 in 2002 to $950 in 2008, an increase of 12 percent after inflation is figured in.
The Bloomberg camp can't blame anyone but itself for politicizing the dropout rate, since graduation statistics have figured prominently in all the Bloomberg ads and mailers to which voters have been subjected so far this year.