New York Senator Seeks Fourth Term
NEW YORK (AllPolitics, May 18) -- U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato officially launched his 1998 re-election campaign Sunday with a pledge to keep fighting for the "forgotten middle class."
The 60-year-old New York Republican is trying for a fourth Senate term.
"It's been a great honor to be in a position where I could help and work and make a difference," D'Amato said of his 18 years in Congress.
He emphasized his reputation for good constituent service, a reputation that earned him the nickname "Senator Pothole."
"The potholes represent the hopes and aspirations of our people, and the little people have needs," D'Amato said. "I fight with the bureaucrats every day, because they have to be told they are not the people who run the government, and they exist for the people."
As examples, D'Amato mentioned his fight for breast cancer research funds and using his Finance Committee chairmanship to take on the Swiss banks over Nazi gold.
D'Amato was joined by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat who is endorsing D'Amato. Also present were D'Amato's children, eight grandchildren, and hundreds of supporters in a Waldorf Astoria ballroom, where he launched his first campaign in 1980.
Three Democrats are vying for the opportunity to face-off with D'Amato in November. They are former congresswoman and vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Senate nomination in 1992; Rep. Chuck Schumer, a 9-term congressman from Brooklyn; and Mark Green, New York City's Public Advocate who lost the 1986 senate race to D'Amato.
"I think I am the best and I have the energy and I love it and love it because I make a difference," D'Amato said.