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Paladino Goes After 'Bloomberg Stooges'

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WNYC

GOP gubernatorial Carl Paladino ramps up his criticism of the Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero to include...NYC Mayor Bloomberg.

Paladino's statement goes after Bloomberg (who earlier said Paladino won't win this year's race), and doesn't mention the two other gubernatorial candidates he's trying to defeat, GOP opponent Rick Lazio and Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo.

Here's Paladino:

Today the nine Bloomberg stooges on the Landmarks panel did exactly
as they were told and cleared the way for 13-story insult to all
Americans at Ground Zero. It is especially astounding that Mayor
Bloomberg, who owes his rise to power to 9-11, is fast-tracking this
desecration of the district where thousands of Americans were
murdered.

Enough talk. New Yorkers want the entire district around the World
Trade Center declared a War Memorial. As governor, Carl Paladino will
do whatever it takes to stop the Ground Zero Mosque - including using
eminent domain."

I'm not sure of the wisdom of drawing Bloomberg, a popular and really rich mayor, into a fight during the gubernatorial campaign. What votes Paladino picks up statewide by making Bloomberg the enemy?

Bloomberg  had indicated earlier he'd stay neutral in the governor's race, but with Cuomo's commanding lead, and Paladino's increasing, um, outspokenness, some might fogive the mayor for putting his thumb on the scale in this race.

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Lazio Hits Cuomo for Silence

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WNYC

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio hit his Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday for not only supporting plans to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero, but also keeping quiet on the issue.

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Stringer Celebrates 51Park, Slaps Critics

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WNYC

Manhattan Borough President (and 2013 contender) Scott Stringer cheers the unanimous vote by the NYC Landmarks Commission that paves the way for an Islamic cultural center and mosque to be built near Ground Zero.

And he takes a shot at critics of the plan:

"From the racist rants of a discredited Tea Party leader to the cynical posturing of a floundering gubernatorial candidate, this process has been manipulated by those looking to get headlines and score political points. We reject their divisive tactics."

The plans for 51Park have become a rallying point for cultural conservatives near and far, even drawing the attention of Sarah Palin. Locally, GOP gubernatorial candidates Carl Paladino and Rick Lazio have voiced their opposition to the plan, pressing Andrew Cuomo to explain in detail why he supports it.

So far, Cuomo hasn't responded.

UPDATE: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (another 2013 contender from the West Side of Manhattan), is less combative in her description of the plan’s opponents:

“The debate around this cultural center has been difficult and divisive. It has shown us that many of the wounds of 9/11 still exist. But the true way to honor the Americans who died fighting for our country’s founding principles is to respond to the proposal of this mosque and cultural center with support, with a deepened commitment to religious freedom, and with a deepened commitment to New York City being the freest, most tolerant, and most accepting place in the world.”

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'Taxes'

Monday, August 02, 2010

WNYC

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's new Web video features a cartoon guy screaming and running away from the word "tax." (A less-polarizing issue than Park51, the Islamic cultural center and mosque that's been occupying a lot of oxygen on the campaign trail.)

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Dems Hit Lazio as a 'Bonus Baby'

Friday, July 30, 2010

WNYC

Here’s the New York State Democratic Party’s latest video, dubbing Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio “a Bonus Baby,” for getting $1.3 million from JP Morgan, which received federal aid during the Wall Street meltdown.

The ad, it’s worth noting, is not coming directly from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo’s campaign, but it’s clear the way they want to handle Lazio is by tying him personally to Wall Street, bonuses and bailouts.

The goal is force Lazio into defending Wall Street, which isn't too common right now, as this front-page Washington Post story about Democratic congressional candidate Reshma Saujani makes clear.

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Q Poll: Voters Don't Like Legislators, Don't Know AG Candidates

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

WNYC

Andrew Cuomo still holds a wide lead over his Republican gubernatorial challengers, in today's Quinnipiac poll.

Cuomo leads former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio 56 to 26 percent, with the race closest in the suburbs, 48 to 37 percent in favor of Cuomo. It's similar to Cuomo's lead over upstate businessman Carl Paladino, 55 to 25 percent, with the race closest in upstate where the split narrows to 44 to 34, favoring Cuomo.

But further down the ballot, things are more of a toss up.

Most noteworthy: voters are leaning towards ousting their incumbent legislator.

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The Department of Differing Talking Points

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is going to be in Nassau County today, speaking about capping property tax growth at two percent or the rate of inflation.

Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio is sending out a statement about the Cordoba mosque.

The timing of Lazio's statement today, challenging Cuomo to "debate" the mosque issue, is an attempt to put Cuomo on the defensive while he's in Nassau County, among home-owners who, presumably, don't support the plan.

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Digesting Politics Podcast

Cuomo's Chávez Moment, Christie's Gaming Gamble and More

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Digesting Politics is back! Find out what game plan Gov. Chris Christie's has for New Jersey's gaming industry, why gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is having a César Chávez moment, who went to the same high school as Cuomo and more, as WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah talk politics over lunch.

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Sheinkopf's Other Job

Thursday, July 22, 2010

WNYC

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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Mosque Politics

Thursday, July 22, 2010

WNYC

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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Cuomo Steers To Big Financial Edge

Friday, July 16, 2010

This week, two significant events occurred in the New York governor’s race: Campaign contribution filings were due and frontrunner Andrew Cuomo began an RV tour that he says will take him to all 62 counties before he’s through. In both cases, Cuomo got most of the attention.

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Lazio and Cuomo Release Fundraising Records

Friday, July 16, 2010

New York gubernatorial candidates Andrew Cuomo and Rick Lazio released their fundraising records this week.

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Cuomo's Big Day

Thursday, July 15, 2010

WNYC

A reader passes along this footage of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's meeting in Rockland County earlier on Thursday. As a colleague noted, Cuomo launched the first leg of his Chuck Schumer-esque 62-county tour of New York on Thursday, the day campaign finance numbers will be released.

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Cuomo Set to Kick Off 11-Day Campaign Tour

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WNYC

Andrew Cuomo is starting the first leg of a tour his campaign said will bring the candidate to each of New York’s 62 counties.

Cuomo starts out in the Hudson Valley tomorrow, and, over 11 days, will go to the Hudson Valley and North Country.

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Diaz Calls Espada a Better Dem than Detractors

Monday, July 12, 2010

WNYC

The call to oust state Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. from the Democratic Party is going to be met with a direct challenge from Bronx state Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. on Monday afternoon.

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Paying for the Syracuse Trip

Thursday, July 08, 2010

WNYC

Here’s a little more info about Andrew Cuomo’s mixed-use trip to Syracuse, where he’s having an official AG announcement, and a fund-raiser for his gubernatorial race.

The entire cost of the trip is being paid for by Cuomo's campaign, a spokesperson for his office said.

The problem of politicians using state-funded aircrafts for campaign purposes is a problem that Cuomo looked at in one of his first major investigations in 2007.

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Lazio Poses Questions About Ground Zero Mosque

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

WNYC

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio sent a letter to his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, the state attorney general, asking him to investigate the Islamic group which wants to build a mosque near Ground Zero.

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Cuomo on Reducing Pensions: No Position Yet

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

WNYC

The New York Post has an entertaining front-page story today about a pretty healthy fireman who collects disability pension payments. For critics, it’s the latest example of pension abuse that’s driving the state broke.

In a scrum with reporters today, Andrew Cuomo was asked if he supports moving away from a defined-benefit system to a defined-contribution system.

Interestingly, Cuomo said “I don’t have a position on a specific option.”

Later, he said however costs are reduced, it’ll likely have to be an option that labor unions agree to, rather than something lawmakers pass over the union’s objections.

Here’s part of what Cuomo said on this topic today:

“We’re going to need to really explore ways to reduce the costs of the pensions.”

“There are a number of options that have been bandied about and part of the process is going to be putting everyone in a room and figuring out how do we actually reduce the costs.”

“I don’t have a position on a specific option, but the strategy is going to have to be to reduce the costs.”

“I think the best way to do this is to do it cooperatively; to do it mutually.”

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Timing Rasmussen

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WNYC

Rasmussen has a poll out showing Cuomo trouncing Lazio and Paladino, but they also include this note about when their telephone survey was conducted:

The survey was taken just after a New York Times report detailing how Cuomo has received large campaign contributions from special interest groups whose influence he has previously criticized and vowed to curb. But most New York voters are not following the story, although 59% describe Cuomo’s campaign contributors as at least somewhat important in terms of how they will vote in November. That includes just 22% who say it is Very Important.

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'The Kiss'

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

WNYC

The message in Rick Lazio’s web ad is that Andrew Cuomo is a product of Albany, and despite his current rhetoric, holds great affection for its current powerbrokers, namely, Sheldon Silver.

 

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