Goldsmith takes New York

Dateline: Fri 30 Apr 2010

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that former GOP Mayor Steve Goldsmith will become a player in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has been named deputy mayor for operations, overseeing the police and fire departments, transportation, sanitation, etc.

Goldsmith, 63, is referred to as "a superstar in every respect" by Bloomberg.

Yes, but..but...but...

When he was mayor here, the wonkish former prosecutor was a prophet without honor in his own land. Well, among reporters, anyhow. Most reporters, that is.

But he is brilliant, and I'll never forget interviewing him when he first took over as mayor: he was on his computer the entire time, multi-tasking -- writing, surfing, whatever, while answering my questions. I wish I'd asked him something stunning enough to get him to make eye contact, but 'twas not to be.

That sort of behavior was a turnoff for reporters, no doubt, but mainly it's because he was conservative, related by marriage to the Pulliam family (then publishers of the Star) and a bit chilly. He got great press outside of Indy, hailed as a wunderkind for urban planning; in the local papers, he couldn't get much traction. After leaving Indy, he went on to Harvard University and did egghead things.

Principles before personality wins this round. Congrats to Goldsmith as he takes on a new role in that very big apple.

 

 

 

Comments

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Ruthie, honey, you're on the wrong side of this one.

Alas, the long knives out for Goldy are mostly because of his prickly personality...when we should be angry at his neglect of expensive city problems, outlined in my post yesterday.

He ignored the CSO, jail, and water utility infrastructure expensive solutions. If it had a pulse, he wanted to privatize it.

Our parks nearly went to their knees under Goldy...they recovered under Peterson, and are, sadly, back on their knees again. (Don't modern-day Repubs like parks?)

But the most-telling is his hateful streak. Ask Hudnut. And a great many GOP ward chairs, PCs and party faithful. When Goldy took over Hudnut was banished from town. Goldy put out the word--and no one would hire Rev. Bill. Those awful rumors about Hudnut's flings (complete with pictures)? It was Goldy who put them out there...soas to muddy the employment waters.

Yep, sir, Goldy was a mean man. I thought Blumberg was smarter.

Over/under on Goldy lasting in the Big Apple, where they serve "mean" for lunch: 14 months. I'll take under.

Finally, maybe someone will put this pompous ass in his place.

2010-04-30 12:36:41

ruthholl [Member] said:

Obviously, two sides to every story (or politician). Maybe some of the reporters' anger towards him was not misplaced, then. They probably saw more than I ever did...
But didn't Hudnut hold up well under fire? Aside from the obvious, that he left town. I do recall hearing some of those stories, about Goldsmith downing Minister Mayor, now that you flesh them out...
So what do you make of how he got this job? He could probably coast, financially, but he must want to still tinker with cities.
Thank you TTT. You always do.

2010-04-30 17:35:05

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

Steve was positively beastly to his first wife (Melissa), with whom he adopted two kids -- after she went through seven miscarriages! Then, he dumps her in a calculated political move for wife #2, the Pulliam heir.
He's not a nice guy.

2010-04-30 18:14:52

hendy [Member] said:

Ms Cynical speaks volumes. A former neighbor, he had a nice smile, and daggers in his pocket.

He started this revolution where outsourcing was appealing. You could break the unions, seemingly put an onus on the outsourcers to perform, and look like you're saving the taxpayers money, while improving service.

Like Daniels has found, government is icky, and outsourcing just moves the money into some crony's pockets-- who may or may not (qu'lle surprise) doesn't perform.

Like TTT says: neglected infrastructure, cronyism, and needless and endless hardball. He may do fine in NYC. Bloomberg's billions make him immune from campaign contribution problems-- he just buys his own election!

Deputy mayor indeed. Expat Hoosiers in NYC should reel and retch. This isn't a good guy. This is a mean miserly antagonist of social justice, IMHO.

2010-04-30 18:47:29

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Ruth, he got the job because he's an egghead who got some Harvard time on his resume. His privatization had mixed results. Blumberg can buy whatever the hell he wants...he got the city's charter changed so he could run for another term. Hubris knows no bounds.

Goldsmith always had millionaire-envy. Now he's chief deputy to a man who has several thousand millions. He's entitled to privacy in my book, on his familial difficulties, although FOM (Friends of Melissa) have been a relatively accurate truth squad when called upon. Their credibility is pretty strong because they have truth on their side, and because they are flush with NFUM (Northside F--You Money, or, enough family wealth to tell anyone with whom they find themselves crosswise, to, well..you know) The FOM roster includes some of the best-heeled family names in town.

And I hear that Goldy can't coast financially. He may have needed the money.

As for Mayor Bill...well, his side activities weren't exactly a secret. It was a different time. Marital affairs were more private. (Maybe they still should be) Goldsmith found out, and used that, and other not-so-subtle threats, to shove Bill and his then-new wife Bev, who is, you'll recall, his former much-younger press secretary, out of town.

Hudnut came out better, but I think the hurt was palpable. He allegedly had a decent IUPUI or private sector job lined up, and it went south when Goldsmith put out the word.

The GOP rank-and-file detested Goldsmith, mostly because of his arrogance and the ruthless treatment of Hudnut. Who is still adored.

The rank-and-file forgave Hudnut's alleged dalliances. Because underneath everything, he was a damned good mayor. And Bill is a nice guy. To everyone.

He has a great job with the Urban Land Institute in DC. He became mayor of Chevy Chase, a part-time gig that gave him some cartel among the urban philosophers of our time.

In basketball terms, Goldsmith used sharp elbows under the basket. Hendy is correct.

Good riddance. Hoosier Manhattanites will likely disavow any knowledge of Goldsmith...and I'm still betting on that "under."

Because ego is not allowed in Blumberg's cabinet. Anywhere. There is only one peacock in that administration.

2010-04-30 20:24:36

hendy [Member] said:

And that peacock has a 'hidden' estate in Bermuda. Bloomberg spends a lot of time there. Someone needs to be in charge. After all, there's work to do. Or so it is said.

We now have a principality in the nation, one among many. Welcome to the new fiefdom. Serfdom is good. You read it here, first.

2010-04-30 22:06:25

Tom Greenacres [unverified] said:

Goldsmith may have single handedly gelded the Marion County GOP, once one of, if not the best, grass roots political organization in America.

2010-04-30 22:25:48

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Interesting, Tom. Alas, demograhics and greed finally did in the Marion County GOP.

2010-05-01 07:16:16

Marycatherine Barton [unverified] said:

One more neocon hired by Bloomberg, who went into office super wealthy, and now being both a political insider and Wall Street insider, is extra, extra super wealthy. Of course, it is only polite to congratulate Steve being chosen to be a deputy mayor in NYC, and he has always been very gentlemanly toward me, even when I ran against him for mayor.

When elected mayor of Indianapolis, one of the first things he did was keep his campaign promise, and fire the then police chief. We wish him and NYC, much success.

2010-05-01 19:23:59

whosear [Member] said:

Goldsmith did like control and power as he tried desperately to gain control of the countywide alliance of neighborhoods. I told and Capital Management and Budget course from his soon to be Deputy Budget Director who lead us through what could be effectively privatized and what couldn't.

The problem is the follow-ups such as da' guvnah tried to go a bridge too far with FSSA and caused chaos in a system pockmarked with it. Fortunately he's reversed his decision.

2010-05-08 00:07:14

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