So now we hear that Gov. David Paterson plans to announce his pick for the next Senator from New York on — drum roll, please — Friday or Saturday. So far, the governor has been far too coy in his decision-making process. It is, after all, New York’s Senator he is choosing, not just his own. The people should know what criteria he is weighing. We should be sure that the person chosen is the best person for the job, Paterson’s own political considerations aside.
There are any number of candidates who could make good Senators, but there ought to be a public evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses. At the very least, the governor ought to release the questionnaires that he asked the candidates to fill out. Inquiring minds want to know.