Because I think with my particular skill set it's the best match. I am somebody who is very interested in ideas, making decisions and making change, and I'm not somebody who shies away from controversy or taking risks. Sometimes to my detriment I run toward that. Given that in Syracuse we're at a defining moment, and what we need is to embrace change, embrace fresh thinking, and to a certain extent take risk. That's what I bring to this race. I have that ability to articulate a rationale, to articulate a direction that we need to move in, and also to bring people together and say we can not look backward toward our future, we need to look forward, and that means we need to think about what Syracuse can be, not what it was.
Has your style developed in part from working with Mario Cuomo?
We're all a product of our experiences, and working for him in the way that I have, and being able to watch him in the way that I have, was very important to how I learned to think, and how I learned to articulate something. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him when I did, and for the period of time that I did.
Given your sometimes running toward controversy, some observers have characterized your style as cold and prosecutorial. Is that fair?
No. I don't think it is fair. And I think what you saw from the Democratic committee in particular, and I'm convinced that you'll see the voters (just as they did in 2001 and 2005) don't feel that way. I think this community is tired of backroom deals. They want accountability, and what I have always said is that you only get accountability by asking tough questions in public. We're only going to get the best solutions to our problems and the most innovative ideas by discussing it in public. Because if backroom deals and backroom ideas were the savior of our community we wouldn't have the problems that we have. That makes some people very uncomfortable because there are sacred cows who have done very well in backroom deals. Those are not the people or the interests that I represent.