Well, maybe it's purely pragmatic; Montgomery has endorsements galore and a record of achievement.
Even a strong candidate--and I don't think Pollard qualifies, having started his campaign only in May, rather than building momentum over time, and relying disproportionately on charter school backers outside the district--would have trouble beating a veteran like Montgomery, even in this anti-incumbent political climate (and her failure to fully embrace reforms in Albany).
(When the 11-day pre-primary reports are made available on Friday, we'll see if Ratner's changed his tactics.)
Influence at the top
Ratner is not averse to contributions in local races, but maybe it's pur…