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Paid Sick Leave Advocates Rally Women to Pressure Quinn

Monday, February 25, 2013

Supporters of a bill to require paid sick leave in New York City have a new tactic: framing it as a women's issue, and they think it's gaining traction to pressure mayoral hopeful Speaker Christine Quinn to bring the bill to a vote.

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Rangel on Weiner: "Of Course He Can Be Effective"

Friday, June 10, 2011

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Some words of encouragement for embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner from a fellow New York Democrat who's no stranger to controversy. Representative Charles Rangel said Friday that Weiner can still be an effective lawmaker but “only if the press gets off his back.”

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Dems Take on Ryan Budget? Unshared Sacrifice

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Do we begin the process of getting government in balance? Only if there's shared sacrifices. The things we didn't like in the 2011 reconciliation was nothing was done in the defense budget. Only a small portion was cut, and yet we continue the process of giving tax cuts to those wealthiest Americans. We're going to change that when we get to the bigger debate.

Bill Pascrell, U.S. Congressman (D-NJ 8) and member of the House Budget Committee and Ways and Means Committee, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Public Advocate hires Maloney Challenger

Monday, January 03, 2011

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has hired Reshma Saujani, the financial manager who ran a primary challenge against Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

Saujani, who contributed to WNYC's It's A Free Country politics site, will start tomorrow, as de Blasio's deputy advocate for special initiatives. Saujani will oversee a non-profit being run out of de Blasio's office.

Saujani's challenge to Maloney gained national attention, in part because of her notable supporters, including Maureen White, Steven Rattner and Diana Taylor, and for, generally, taking a pro-Wall Street stance when beating up on the industry was the trend.

De Blasio - whose ties to the Working Families Party and labor movement - make him a contender for the 2013 mayor's race, now, conceivably, has a bit more access to the Wall Street crowd, and a formalizes his ties to a young political operative with a demonstrated ability to raise money.

Her first day is tomorrow.

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Losing the Peter Feld Vote

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pollster Peter Feld, whose brain I often pick, writes about what he says has gone wrong with Reshma Saujani's campaign as she tries ousting incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney:

I don’t really get Reshma’s rationale. I was a respondent in her message-testing poll last spring, and would have leaked it if I were less lazy, but the messages she tested were a hodge-podge. She wanted to run an Obama-style new-generation campaign (boy did this turn out to be the wrong year for that!), although she herself worked for Hillary (nothing wrong with that). Her tested messages were youth and change (uh, yay), her bio as an immigrant (though no one ever listens to me, bio is simply never an effective message in a local election), a pro-immigration message (which is great, but Maloney is not deficient on this issue), and supporting New York’s financial industry, which fits with Reshma’s Wall Street ties but which she has downplayed, since I’m sure it didn’t test well.

If that were all there were to it, we could write Reshma off as a harmless young would-be politician about to get a painful but useful lesson in political reality, because her challenge is doomed. But the above flyer puts Reshma in a different class: the cheerfully dishonest politician who offers no good “change” from what you hate about politics.

To boil down: this flyer accuses Maloney of taking money from “Special Interests She Is Supposed To Regulate,” with a WSJ pull-quote indicating Maloney has held fundraisers while financial reform was being debated in Congress. (The other side of the flyer reproduces an invitation to a Maloney fundraiser in DC on June 23, with a PAC contribution of $2500, headlined by Carole King and James Taylor.)

What it doesn’t say is that Maloney stood firm against Wall Street on the financial reform bill that passed. So while Maloney may have held fundraisers, she did not vote in line with the special interests, she voted against them, and they have criticized her.

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Schumer's On-the-Record Praise of Maloney

Monday, September 13, 2010

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From an email Senator Schumer sent to Maloney supporters this morning:

"Carolyn is a smart, forward-thinking and effective legislator."

The praise is particularly noteworthy for those obsessed with the New York political chatter, which often isn't kind to Maloney, as evidenced by this line in a recent profile of the congresswoman when she was contemplating a Senate bid against Kirsten Gillibrand: "Mr. Schumer, in particular, is known to have a low opinion of her abilities and her intellect."

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Maloney Stars in Saujani Ad About Maloney

Friday, September 10, 2010

Reshma Saujani hits her Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney for running away from reporters after their only debate. She says she did not own stock in British Petroleum when, actually, she did.

Saujani also repeats the claim that Maloney raised money from lobbyists on the same day she voted on a bill directly impacting those lobbyists and their clients.

That last charge is, clearly, relevant. But the impact of not debating an opponent more than once is more of a process-y issue that gets reporters and editorial boards in a tither. Usually not many voters care. And the impact of owning - or not owning - BP stock isn't immediately clear to me.

But painting an incumbent lawmaker as dishonest and cozy with business interests does have an obvious upshot.

The irony, of course, is that Saujani worked in the financial services industry and is in the rare position of being a Wall Street defender at a time when most people think big business has gotten enough out of Washington.

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Simmons and Clinton Back Rivals in NY-14

Friday, September 10, 2010

Reshma Saujani announced she was endorsed by Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul from Queens. Minutes later, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the congresswoman that Saujani is trying to unseat, emailed supporters a letter from her high-profile supporter: Bill Clinton.

Clinton wrote, "Decades from now, we will all still be reaping the benefits of Carolyn’s extraordinary work. She is one of the very best 'how' politicians serving in the United States House of Representatives today."

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Saujani: 'I Might Not Vote'

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

David Freedlander has video of congressional candidate Reshma Saujani floating an unusual idea about the November elections.

Saujani is a first-time candidate running in a Democratic primary against Rep. Carolyn Maloney of Manhatttan. There's been some heated rhetoric on the campaign trail - during their one and only debate yesterday, Saujani repeatedly called Maloney a liar - but there are not substantive differences in their policy agendas.

If there is one defining issue in the race, it's each candidate's relationship to Wall Street - which employs a disproportionate number of residents in the district.

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An Argument for the Masala Bhangra Audience

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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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'Special Interest'

Monday, July 12, 2010

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Democratic challenger Reshma Saujani is still using the "special interest" line of attack against Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

A reader received this campaign mailer on Friday talking about how Maloney was “taking money from special interests” at fund-raiser scheduled around the same time she was taking an important vote on financial regulation.

Chris Matthews has called the “special interest” line of attack a “canard” because Saujani raises a lot of money from lots of Wall Street.

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Maloney: Skip Debit Cards, Use Credit Cards

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The bill signing ceremony on May 22. Maloney says she still has the pen President Obama used. (Getty)

The bill signing ceremony on May 22. Maloney says she still has the pen President Obama used. (Getty)

Today the Credit Card Consumer ...

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