Thursday, December 02, 2010
Andrew Cuomo could have gotten the attorney general candidate he wanted, if only he had endorsed her.
That's the lesson from the post-election roundtable hosted by the New School yesterday, where aides to the six attorney general campaigns discussed their campaigns.
Blake Zeff, who worked on the winning campaign of Eric Schneiderman said they had internal polling numbers showing what the impact of a Cuomo endorsement would be on the race. "I would say somewhat hyperbolically, the poll showed us specifically that if Kathleen Rice got the Cuomo endorsement that we were done," he said. "She had so many advantages to begin with, the money not being the least, that [endorsement] would be nearly fatal to us."
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
By Bob Hennelly
With less than a week to go, polls indicate most Democratic voters couldn't pick one of the five contenders for Attorney General out of a line-up. The airwaves are jammed with AG wannabe TV ads and the candidates are all beating the bushes to produce yet another marquee endorsement.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
By Bob Hennelly
Rice must quickly identify potentially motivated voters while she keeps supporters energized -- all while holding down her day job as Nassau County's district attorney.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
How Cordoba Initiative's planned Islamic center and mosque in Downtown Manhattan is influencing the race for New York governor, the juggling for identity in the crowded field of Democratic candidates for New York attorney general, plus the latest on various local and national political stories as WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah talk politics over lunch.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The solidarity with workers is, I think, a sentiment not entirely shared by voters, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today. Then again, unions do have an unignorable role in Democratic Party politics.
In late May, about 300 workers at the iconic applesause producer went on strike after management sought wage cuts. Worker refused, and said the company made more than $500 million in profits last year, making wage cuts unnecessary.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
By Bob Hennelly
For the first time since the New York State Democratic Party convention, all five Democrats hoping to replace Attorney General Cuomo faced off yesterday. At a candidate forum hosted by City Hall News, each member of the crowded field eagerly tried to pop out of the pack by stressing their version of how best to restore voter confidence in government.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
This week’s New York State Democratic State Party Convention delegates will weigh in on which one of five fellow Democrats they want to see replace Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as the state’s top law enforcement officer. The opinion of presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo will loom large. If one of the AG contenders gets 51 percent, they win the party’s designation. And anyone who garners at least 25 percent is qualified to get their name on the September primary ballot. Short of those two options, Democratic contenders would have to get 15,000 signatures from around the state to get on the ballot for the primary.