When asked recently who he considered the best politician he ever knew, Jim McManus -- the longtime district leader of the McManus Democratic Club and Hell's Kitchen, the keeper of stories of politics past and the welcoming guide to many Democratic newcomers to New York -- responded that it was the old Queens DA who never gave a speech in his life.
Instead, he'd come to the podium and sing. One Irish song. One Italian song. One Jewish song. Then he'd sit to the rousing applause of his ecstatic audience.
We joked that today he'd have to know Spanish as well.
Gifford Miller may be a young man, but he has listened well to wisdom beyond his years. And one wonders if he's summoning the spirit of that DA as he sings on the campaign trail as the New York Times reports.
In addition to Jewish, Italian and Irish songs (sung in English, not Gaelic), he's added the anthems of Kenya, Greece and Puerto Rico.
Jim McManus, are you impressed?