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Koch: Throw 'Bum' Silver Out, GOP is Party of Reform

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Former Mayor Ed Koch doesn't hold back with NBC's Melissa Russo.

"What should voters do about Sheldon Silver," she asked. "Throw the bum out," Koch replied. He and Silver are both Democrats from Manhattan, but they were never particularly close.

Koch goes on to say that Republicans can "rightfully" claim to be the party of reform, since more of them signed Koch's reform pledge.

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Donovan Distances Himself from Independence Party

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Republican Attorney General Candidate Dan Donovan says he has taken himself out of the running for the Independence Party (I.P.) endorsement, citing numerous allegations of financial wrongdoing by the party.

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Sheinkopf's Other Job

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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One (belated) note about the new communication consultant the New York State Democratic Party hired to handle rapid responses during this campaign cycle.

He’s also a lobbyist.

Hank Sheinkopf has a storied career as a communication consultant, helping President Clinton get re-elected and narrowly winning three citywide elections here in 2001.

But along with Sheinkopf’s press work, he’s also a lobbyist. His clients have included Food Craft Inc., the American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Verizon, DC37 retirees, Bear Stearns and others.

Lobbyists are increasingly playing a bigger role in the 2010 governor’s race, and not just as punching bags for reform-minded candidates.

Liz Benjamin noted that the State Democratic Party’s executive director, Charlie King, has financial ties to lobbyists.

And the New York Times reported months ago on Jennifer Cunningham, “Advisor to Cuomo is a Top Lobbyist.”

And one of Cuomo’s likely GOP opponents, Rick Lazio, is having his campaign run by a guy who is still registered as a lobbyist.

When asked for a comment about his work as a lobbyist and NYS Democratic Party spokesman, Sheinkopf emailed “America is a great country.”

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'Certainly it's Not a Harlem Seat'

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Veteran reporter David Diaz gets into the ethnic politics and demographics of the NY15 race, where Rep. Charlie Rangel is facing a crowded field of Democratic challengers.

In an interview with one of those opponents, Adam Clayton Powell, host Diaz says, “Latinos, for example, outnumber blacks in that district by about 2:1.”

“How do you see it? Is it still a black seat,” Diaz asks.

“No,” says Powell, who is Puerto Rican and African-American. "Certainly it’s not a Harlem seat” and “the rest of the neighborhoods [in the district] appear to be step children. And that’s wrong.”

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An Argument for the Masala Bhangra Audience

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Here’s Democratic congressional candidate Reshma Saujani greeting her latest interviewer, Sarina Jain around the 2 minute mark: “Did you use to teach at the New York Sports Club?”

Jain is a notable fitness teacher who teaches the Masala Bhangra Workout. The target audience here is clear: younger voters and Southeast Asians.

At the 3:13 mark, Saujani hits her opponent, Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney:

“A campaign like this has just never been run before in New York. We’re the first people to get on the ballot, first person to get on the ballot in about twenty years because she’s kicked everyone off the ballot before that.”

Maloney's record of clearing the ballot of primary challengers is something that came up when she was preparing to run her own primary against Senator Kristen Gillibrand.

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Already!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Tucked inside Conservative activist David Horowitz's latest missive to reporters about the dangers of the Obama administration:

"Remember, Barack Obama is up for reelection in 2010. That means we cannot afford to focus entirely on November 2010."

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Mosque Politics

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Tea Party gubernatorail candidate Carl Paladino, who is challenging Rick Lazio in a GOP primary, is out with a radio ad, and this poster, highlighting his opposition to the mosque slated to be built near Ground Zero.

"As Governor I will use the power of eminent domain to stop this mosque and make the site a war memorial instead of a monument to those who attacked our country," Paladino says in the ad.

Lazio also opposes the plan. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is in favor of it.

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Espada's Town Hall

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Here's the invite to State Senator Pedro Espada's town hall meeting that opponents say was deliberately not well publicized. The event is tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Bronx. The invitation says, "Limited seating. Call to register today!"

The invite was sent to reporters by a group of tenants vowing to, "storm Pedro's secret town hall." Hopefully, there'll be fun video and photographs fo those of us who can't make it.

The invite [which had some weird scribbling on it when I received it] is after the jump.

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The Lede: Sherr-Una Booker

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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The Times says Glenn Beck was right to criticize the Obama administration's handling of the case of Shirley Sherrod, a former Georgia USDA.

The woman at the center of the abuse case that crippled Governor Paterson’s administration speaks out and says she’ll re-file charges against former aide David Johnson.

The scandal timeline.

Andrew Cuomo crushes Rick Lazio, 58-27, according to pollster Rasmusssen.

 

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Roundup: Hank and Andy

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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State layoffs could begin next month.

Cuomo runs against his party, sometimes.”

The state Democratic Party hired a Democratic consultant who used to beat up on Cuomo – calling him “Andy” – to beat up on Cuomo’s opponents.

They showed up to his event, but those Republicans are not backing Cuomo.

The 2010 gubernatorial campaign mascot: a duck.

A Republican congressional candidate wants to ditch the Ground Zero mosque, and rebuild a nearby church.

The Independence Party civil war continues.

Jeb Bush backs Chris Cox.

Unemployed New Yorkers may get even fewer benefits, in part because the state’s unemployment rate isn’t high enough.

Paul Newell isn’t surprised Sheldon Silver is trying to keep an opponent off the ballot.

And Andrew Cuomo gets acquainted with a motorcycle.

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Sheldon Silver's Lawsuit

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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A reader (thank you!) sends over this lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court recently, where Sheldon Silver, the powerful Assembly Speaker, is trying to keep a Republican opponent, Joan Lipp, off the ballot.

The lawsuit is after the jump.

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Bloomberg Worries About Federal Funding, Ponders Garbage Fee

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Michael Bloomberg today said he's "starting to worry" the federal government won't send about $600 million in federal healthcare aide to New York City, nor an additional $1 billion to the state.

Without the money, Bloomberg said the city will have to find new ways to cut spending and raise revenues.

Speaking to reporters after breaking ground for a new park on Staten Island, the mayor refused to rule out a plan to charge a fee for carting away garbage, a proposal that is floating around City Hall now.

"It's in the mix," Bloomberg said of the proposal. Without more information about what the city's finances will be like next year, you simply "can't rule anything out."

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Understanding Obama's Approval Rating

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pollster Peter Feld emails and throws cold water onto today's Q poll showing Obama's approval rating at his lowest ever:

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Q Poll: Obama is Down

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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I'm not sure what kind of impact this will have in New York, but Quinnipiac's poll today puts the pendulum squarely in the Republican's corner:

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The Lede: Parsing Friedman, Employing Sampson

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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White House Deputy Communications Director Jen Psaki explains why Wall Street's top executives aren't at the financial regulation bill signing on Wednesday: "If you were part of an effort to spend millions of dollars opposing the legislation, you were not at the top of our list for an invitation."

New York donors aren't as close to Obama as they were to Clinton.

Fund-raiser Robert Zimmerman: "It's important to remember that the donor leadership is part of the grass roots."

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Finding the Right Home for an Obama Fundraiser in NY

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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WaPo's Jason Horowitz pulls the curtain back on the New York Democratic donor community and finds them not welcomed into the White House like they used to be:

After discussions with DNC representatives, [Marc] Lasry considered the event a done deal, so firm a date that the host confirmed to the city's biggest bundlers of political donations that the president had agreed to attend a 6 p.m. dinner. The guest list, the e-mail said, was limited to 40 so that each person would have face time with Obama.

But a DNC official, who wouldn't be quoted speaking about the private events, said that while Lasry's home was one of many options, his event was never confirmed. The White House, the official said, was always informed that Lasry was a potential host. The DNC then independently determined, according to the official, that the event should be held elsewhere.

Multiple sources within the donor community and the White House itself offered a different version. Their understanding: Political director Patrick Gaspard vetoed the idea as soon as it crossed the administration's radar.

 

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Roundup: Gillibrand's Primary, Cuomo's GOP

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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DN columnist Errol Louis calls Andrew Breitbart “a real lowlife.”

Kristen Gillibrand’s Democratic opponent emails supporters to say, “I spent my life’s savings to gain ballot access.” [no link]

Gillibrand channels Barack Obama: “I have not been in Washington long but I've been there long enough to know that it's broken and we need to fix it.”

Andrew Cuomo got a big boost at a campaign rally in New Paltz Tuesday when seven prominent local Republicans announced their support for him over fellow Republican Rick Lazio.” 

Reshma Saujani goes after ethnic voters.

A reader takes issue with my description of a Saujani' supporter, in part, because he doesn't play for the Knicks.

Chuck Schumer puts money on Rep. Charlie Rangel.

ChuckingSchumer.com goes live.

The Working Families Party owes $100,000 to the firm they hired in the wake of public criticism.

Manhattan Borough President, and 2013 candidate, Scott Stringer says a proposed changed to NYC voting rules would be “a reckless proposal that leave[s] parties vulnerable to billionaires steamrolling elections.”

Sean Coffey keeps talking about Eric Schneiderman’s car accident.

Kathleen Rice’s attendance is getting (more) attention.

Also, City Councilman James Sanders took a free trip to the Middle East, but can’t recall who exactly paid.

McCarthy: “The state Independence Party has reversed three key endorsements of its local committee, essentially rendering the Erie County organization powerless and dealing a serious blow to the local authority once wielded by Democratic operative G. Steven Pigeon.”

Rep. Carolyn Maloney is among the most active members of congress, sponsoring 70 bills.

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s GOP challenger makes the rounds.

State Senator Antoine Thompson has a Democratic challenger.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz used campaign cash to travel as a guest of “the Kingdom of Netherlands.”

Maloney, Meeks, Slaughter and Nadler were in the audience for a White House event.

NT2N imagines how Cuomo loses.

Assemblywoman Michelle Titus loses a Democratic primary opponent.

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito welcomes Target to the neighborhood.

A rapper who plays an NYPD cop was arrested by NYPD cops.

Stephanie Gaskell notices a slight gap in who takes over in Afghanistan.

Michael Bloomberg breaks the seal at what used to be a politician-free cinematic event.

And actor Mark Ruffalo, who owns a home on the Delaware River, speaks out against hydro-fracking. "I feel sorry for Pete Grannis," he says.

 
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Raising Off Espada

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

WNYC

Pedro Espada is helping the Working Families Party raise more than $1,000 per day.

From the latest WFP email to suporters:

Dear Working Families supporter,

Clearly I'm not the only one who wants change in Albany.

Since we announced our campaign to unseat politicians like Pedro Espada, hundreds of New Yorkers have chipped in, together donating more than $1,000 per day to make it happen.

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Polling Rangel

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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The first public poll in Rep. Charlie Rangel's race shows he's not invincible, but hovering with enough support to edge out any of his four Democratic opponents.

From The Hill:

A Public Policy Polling survey released Monday showed Rangel winning less than 40 percent of the vote in a primary race. It showed his job approval at 49 percent.

Adam Clayton Powell IV, Rangel’s closest competitor, drew 21 percent support.

It was the first poll of Democrats likely to vote in the Sept. 14 primary.

Having a crowded field would usually work to the benefit of an incumbent, since the opposition vote would be diluted among the competition. But Rangel's numbers seem particularly soft, which may explain why he's taking the step of trying to block at least one opponent, labor activist Jonathan Tasini, from getting on the ballot.

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Rice's Attendance

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Kathleen Rice did not attend this morning's forum for attorney general candidates, hosted by City Hall News, in Manhattan.

Rice's spokesman, Eric Phillips, emailed this statement: "She was at work at her DA's office. She debated twice in last five days and is looking forward to the Citizens Union debate tomorrow. She attends as many as she can in light of her responsibilities as district attorney."

Curtailing public appearances (and opportunities to be attacked directly) is one of the benefits of tending to your full-time job, while running for another one.

There’s another AG candidate’s event tonight. I’m waiting to hear back if Rice will be attending.

UPDATE: A spokesman for Rice says she will be not be attending tonight's forum. She's going to a campaign event in Brooklyn, instead.

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