Rep. Jerry Nadler, whose district includes Ground Zero and the site of the proposed Islamic center, offers this succinct description of where people's sensitivities about 9/11 should end:
"Two blocks away...is not hallowed ground," says Nadler.
The Daily News catches Andrew Cuomo's campaign fund-raising running slightly afoul of the donation restrictions set out by…Andrew Cuomo's campaign.
The issue is Cuomo's decision to not take money from people or companies with business before his Attorney General's office, which is smart policy. But, as the campaign describes to The Daily News, there's a glaring loophole they allow:
"Cuomo's campaign says lawyers representing clients before the AG are not subject to the restrictions on donations."
Also, Cuomo campaign spokesman Josh Vlasto tries pushing the issue off their back, and onto the lap of Albany lawmakers:
"The real issue is not the campaign's voluntary rules ... but rather the entire campaign finance system, which is in desperate need of real reform."
Former Mayor Ed Koch is pressing his case against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Conference Leader John Sampson -- two Democratic legislative leaders who are among the handful of lawmakers to not sign Koch’s reform pledge.
"He said let's dialogue. I haven’t heard from him since."
On Fred Dicker’s show this morning, Koch recalled his conversation with Silver about non-partisan redistricting.
Koch went on to warn that Senate Democrats are "going down to a defeat," in no small part because many of them have not signed onto his pledge.
“Marci, you are such a professional, I don’t want to see you do this publicly to yourself.”
Kramer was trying to ask Rangel about his comment that he may face "more alleged violations" when a bi-partisan ethics panel releases their findings on Thursday.
This is mild, considering the treatment Luke Russert got last week from Rangel (which Rangel later apologized for).
Chris Smith has a good point about the changing nature of Harlem, and its politics:
Rangel’s district was 63 percent black when he was first elected; today it’s 37 percent black and 46 percent Hispanic. “Bensonhurst ain’t Bensonhurst anymore, and guess what? Harlem ain’t Harlem anymore, either,” says the Reverend Al Sharpton, who made the neighborhood his base of operations twenty years ago and is still resented as an interloper by many of the clubhouse stalwarts. “But a lot of Harlem politicians are just trying to hold on to something that’s not there anymore,” Sharpton says. “Somebody that puts together the new blacks and the Latinos and the whites is going to be able to flip the whole Harlem leadership.”
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.”
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.
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."
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.
Lazio earlier attacked Cuomo over this issue - the first time he's really gone on the offensive. But judging from Paladino's deep pockets (he's a self-funded businessman threatening to put $10 million into the race), it's clear Lazio is reacting more to Paladino than Cuomo on this issue.
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 of those of us who can't make it.
NOTE: The invite had some weird scribbling on it when I received it.