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.”