"It's troubling enough having a speaker who is handpicked by the mayor," opined the New York Times on Mayor Bill de Blasio's Mark-Viverito advocacy. "Council members should consider the reputation and legislative record offered by Mr. Garodnick, who seems the better choice." But Times columnist Michael Powell took a different tack, sarcastically portraying the Garodnick forces as "alpha dogs" finding an old-fashioned turf war. "From deepest Queens, Representative Joseph Crowley has loosened a sustained yowl of outrage," he wrote, for instance, later describing Mr. Crowley as speaking "with a deep growl."
Frankly, I'm not sure I'd want a Third Way co-chair deciding who's going to run the City Council.