Under-scheduled and relatively underfunded, things have gone so far down a wrong path with Testaverde’s Campaign that only a large dose of heavy lifting by State Senator Martin Golden and Golden's A-list of campaigners and supporters can help make Testaverde’s candidacy look respectable
One of the early surprises of the 2013 election cycle was that a motivated Anthony Testaverde was going to go all out in a campaign for City Council in the 46th Council District — A campaign by one of State Senator Martin Golden’s key operatives running in a district that contained much of Golden’s bedrock stronghold looked like something that could be possible or even formidable — That just hasn’t panned out so far.
Between a hopeful roll-out at the end of May and the third week of October was a completely enervating summer primary campaign that still has Republicans in the southern tier at each others’ throats; and the Anthony Testaverde Campaign down on the canvas wondering what has hit it. Even if Anthony Testaverde isn’t himself completely debilitated as a candidate, his City Council campaign apparatus certainly does appear to be so.
The fundraising appears to have been just okay with a little over $10,500 in donations reported to the New York City Campaign Finance Board. However, even with 6:1 matching funds this level of financing would seem inadequate against an established Democrat like Assemblyman Alan Maisel, who won his primary with sixty percent (60%) of the vote, and who has raised over $80,000 to date, with cash still available for a full-scale run against Testaverde.
At this very late date, the latest news from the Testaverde Campaign is that a handful of “volunteers” showed up at his storefront yesterday evening “for a planning meeting!” It was only last week that Testaverde even opened his “new store front at 2702 Gerritsen Avenue” where he asks that people come by “...to volunteer, pick up lawn signs or just say hello.” Meanwhile, it looks like the biggest thing planned by the Anthony Testaverde team is an October 27th Halloween Party.
With under two weeks until election day, there should be a raft of events planned along with the Lhota and Hynes campaigns, both of whom should running strong races inside the 46th Council District; and Testaverde’s boss State Senator Golden needs to do the heavy lifting for all of them, especially for his own staff member. The only thing that stands between Anthony Testaverde and complete humiliation is an all out blitz for Testaverde by his boss Marty Golden, together with a full-fledged unified campaign along with Joe Lhota for Mayor and Charles “Joe” Hynes for DA.