J.B. Spins

Jazz, film, and improvised culture.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Mayor Parsons

Mayor Parsons. I’d probably be OK with that. According to this week’s New York Magazine Time Warner CEO Richard Parson is considered to be weighing a bid to become the next Bloomberg-like businessman turned mayor. Mr. Parsons has also been very supportive of the Jazz Foundation of America, one of my favorite causes. He is on their advisory board and co-chaired the Great Night at Harlem benefit committee. He was also a generous bidder and general good sport at their benefit auction last year.

Looking at Parson’s on-line contributions (Federal FEC.gov provides more info but no permalink for search results , State, City), it seems that his GOP credentials are actually stronger than Bloomberg’s were before his Mayoral run. He has given to both parties to be sure, following established business practice. His contribution to former Clinton hack Charles Simon’s assembly campaign this year is particularly disappointing and his support of RINO Arlen Specter is less than thrilling. However, he has supported John Faso’s campaign to the tune of $5000, when most commentators are writing off the gubernatorial campaign as a Spitzer inevitability. John Faso would be a great governor. Presumably, Mr. Parsons agrees, which is certainly an encouraging indication of what his administration would be like.