The idea that you can clean up the cesspool that is Albany by introducing public finance of New York State Senate and Assembly campaigns is wrong. State Senator Malcolm Smith had no delusions about actually winning the Mayor's office as the Republican nominee. It was the $6 million in New York City campaign finance matching funds that caught his attention. With $6 million he could be someone. Maybe even make a deal with another candidate to advance... Malcolm Smith. NOTE: I like Malcolm Smith and he is one of the most dapper men I know, always well turned out in a well-cut suit, an impeccable shirt and an interesting necktie. Pity he's a crook.