Throughout American history, political family dynasties have not been uncommon. However, these families have not always acted in unison. In fact, in some cases American political families have been split asunder by divergent political loyalties.
This new alliance is such a dramatic change for Albany or any other statehouse, that is might even have the potential to work. Republicans get to hold onto power and the independent Democrats gain new stature.
I knew of a woman who was always trying to meet a guy driving a new Mercedes. She should have been looking for someone who drives a 10-year-old Toyota. The Toyota driver is more likely to have real wealth in the long run.
On the bottom of the front cover was his picture in a mug shot. As the legendary attorney Frank Haddad said, "no one looks good in a mug shot." John Boel didn't either. The Louisville news anchor who won seventy Emmy awards had a problem.
What makes Wordsmith a fascinating book is Smith's life and the gut-wrenching honesty with which he tells the story of how he overcame self-destruction. It might be one of the best books written about overcoming the grips of alcohol addiction.
Countless people have told me their personal stories about something Al did to make a difference in their lives. Al doesn't discriminate. I've had multimillionaires, manual laborers and journalists all tell me their stories about how Dr. Smith touched their lives.
He had the wit of Jimmy Walker, the vision of Al Smith, the courage of FDR and the energy of Nelson Rockefeller. When New York's history is written, Hugh Leo Carey will have his place as the hero of a dark decade.