Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The president's job performance rating fell to a new low among New Yorkers in August, according to a recent Siena Poll. But the survey also showed that New Yorkers would still elect Barack Obama over any Republican hopeful.
Monday, August 15, 2011
The Turner campaign announced the endorsement of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani this morning. This is now Turner's second former mayoral endorsement, the first coming from Democrat Ed Koch last month.
"Congress is in dire need of business leaders like Bob Turner, not another career politician," Mayor Giuliani was quoted as saying in a statement. "This country needs to start creating jobs again and Bob Turner has the national and international business know-how to help move us in that direction."
The endorsement of Giuliani--who still hasn't ruled out another potential presidential run--continues the momentum build Turner's campaign has had throughout the campaign. Turner's campaign release of an ad reviving the Ground Zero mosque controversy, while criticized in some circles, helped Turner control the tone and message of the campaign, putting his opponent, Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin, on the defensive.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
By Steffen Schmidt : IAFC Blogger
-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.
Monday, July 25, 2011
By Marlon Bishop : WNYC Culture Producer
During the series, which starts next week on AMC, the former Italian-American mayor famed for being tough on crime will introduce classics like "The Godfather," "Carlito’s Way," and "Scarface."
Friday, July 22, 2011
By Anna Sale
Could Rudy Giuliani be the key to a successful presidential run for Texas Governor Rick Perry? The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza floats the possibility, noting that the two men are friends, and Giuliani could vouch for the Texas governor and boost his fundraising potential.
“Rudy would be an awesome asset to any campaign,” Perry consultant Dave Carney told Cillizza, noting that "folks of the mayor’s stature bring lot of value added to any effort.”
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
By Anna Sale
And he’s back!
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani traveled back up to New Hampshire today, where he told a crowd that if he chooses, he could run a campaign based on his economic record in New York City.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Anthony Weiner isn't resigning post-sex-scandal, and he's far from the first to try to keep his office in the wake of public shaming. He might want to take lessons from this list of pols who got tangled up in sex-scandals and ended up bruised, but not destroyed. Here are eight political careers that went on despite scandal.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
((Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) At the almost-end of the 2008 presidential primary season -- May, 2008 -- gasoline prices went through the roof , up to $5 a gallon in some areas of the country. The price hike prompted near-panic, along with car-pooling, more mass transit rides, more careful grocery lists (just one trip to the supermarket) -- and a very big policy debate.
As it happened, Hillary Clinton, fighting the last days of the primary, got behind a gas tax cut. Most economists dismissed the idea -- not only would the gas tax cut simply disappear in the rising price of gasoline, they argued, but it would also bankrupt the already broke highway trust fund.
Barack Obama did not get behind the gas tax cut, even though, as I trailed the two candidates through the rolling hills of Indiana, cutting the gas tax got some of the biggest whoops of any proposals during Hillary Clinton's speeches. Obama called it a gimmick.
He still thinks so, today.
"We’ve been down this road before," he told an enthusiastic audience of Georgetown University students at a speech (video here) on energy security today. "Remember, it was just three years ago that gas prices topped $4 a gallon. Working folks haven’t forgotten that. It hit a lot of people pretty hard. But it was also the height of political season, so you had a lot of slogans and gimmicks and outraged politicians waving three-point-plans for two-dollar gas – when none of it would really do anything to solve the problem. Imagine that in Washington.
"The truth is, of course, was that all these gimmicks didn’t make a bit of difference. When gas prices finally fell, it was mostly because the global recession led to less demand for oil. Now that the economy is recovering, demand is back up. Add the turmoil in the Middle East, and it’s not surprising oil prices are higher. And every time the price of a barrel of oil on the world market rises by $10, a gallon of gas goes up by about 25 cents."
Indeed, President Barack Obama has had a remarkably consistent position on energy through his campaign and his presidency, even as the political climate has dramatically shifted.
In September of 2008, I was watching Rudy Giuliani give his address to the Republican National Convention with Congressman Peter King. "Drill, Baby Drill," Giuliani said, as King cringed "we're not supposed to use the 'D-word,' we're supposed to say 'explore.'" Still - the genie was out of the bottle. The crowd roared when Giuliani said that, and when Sarah Palin picked up the refrain during her acceptance of the Vice Presidential nomination later during the Minneapolis convention.
But despite the popularity of that slogan, talking about developing solutions to climate change and oil dependency was, in those days, a much more bi-partisan issue than it has since become. Just two years later, In the elections of 2010, several Republicans won by practically spitting when mentioning Democratic support for what they called "cap and trade" legislation.
But Barack Obama? In 2008, he supported a combination of nuclear power, alternative energy, and mass transit use. Today? He supports a combination of nuclear power, alternative energy, domestic oil drilling (the "Drill,Baby, Drill) part of his policy, and mass transit use.
"Seventy percent of our petroleum use goes to transportation," he said today."Seventy percent."
His speech today (full text here) made a careful argument. We must, he posited, reduce oil consumption by a third in a decade. To get there, he proposed, first, the US must exploit its own supplies -- "as long as it's safe and responsible."
"When it comes to drilling onshore," he added, in a line of argument that might surprise some of his 2008 primary voters -- "my Administration approved more than two permits last year for every new well that the industry started to drill. So any claim that my Administration is responsible for gas prices because we’ve “shut down” oil production might make for a useful political sound bite – but it doesn’t track with reality.
And, then, in an adroit Obama-esque intellectual maneuver, he added "But let’s be honest – it’s not the long-term solution to our energy challenge. America holds only about two percent of the world’s proven oil reserves. And even if we drilled every drop of oil out of every one of those reserves, it still wouldn’t be enough to meet our long-term needs."
Friday, March 25, 2011
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
--Justin Krebs, on "America's Mayor" as 2012 presidential hopeful
Thursday, January 13, 2011
By Azi Paybarah
On Good Morning America, NJ Gov. Christie played Mr. Nice Guy, passing on easy opportunities to take shots at other 2012 GOP contenders.
Christie defended Sarah Palin's intent, though not particular choice of words on the Tuscon shooting.
Later, when asked about the criticism he got from Rudy Giuliani for staying in Disney World during a snow storm that hit his state, Christie laughed it off and said, "we agree on so many more issues" and "we'll disagree at times and this is one that we do."
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Right now, there is only one person who can block Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial nominee from actually getting the job of running the nation’s largest school system: David Steiner.
As commissioner of the state Department of Education, Steiner will decide whether to grant “a waiver” to Bloomberg’s pick Cathie Black, since she does not have the requisite work or education background for the job. Black, a magazine publisher until Bloomberg offered her the job “out of left field,” did not attend public school, and sent her children to boarding school in another state.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
On a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Rudy Giuliani said, “I don’t know Carl Paladino and he hasn’t asked for my endorsement and I don’t endorse people that I don’t know and who haven’t asked for it.”
Giuliani had endorsed former GOP Rep. Rick Lazio, who lost the Republican primary to Paladino. But Lazio is still on the Conservative line and hinting he may keep actively campaigning.
“I haven’t spoken to Rick so I don’t know what he is planning to do,” Giuilani said. “I empathize with the situation he and [Conservative Party Chairman] Mike Long are in.”
That “situation” is the party’s need to get 50,000 votes in order to maintain the automatic place on the ballot for the next four years. But with the race supposedly tightening between Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Paladino, nobody wants to be seen as the spoiler who helps elect Cuomo.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
That was Mayor Bloomberg's signature line from this morning's endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo. It reminds me of Rudy Giuliani's line against Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign: "hope is not a strategy."
The other major takeaway from the endorsement announcement was Cuomo saying, in response to a question, that he had in the past voted for Bloomberg, the three-term mayor. A Cuomo campaign spokesman emailed afterward to say Cuomo misspoke.
Cuomo never endorsed Bloomberg, and, as Maggie Haberman digs up, Cuomo didn't vote in the 2001 or 2009 elections. That's because he has a home in Westchester.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
Sarah Palin's candidate in the Republican primary on Staten Island, Michael Grimm, beat his challenger, Michael Allegretti, according to New York 1 News and the Daily News.
Grimm, who was also backed by Rudy Giuliani, was a former FBI agent and Marine veteran. He was criticized for raising a lot of money outside the district, and not having lived there as long as Allegretti, whose family ran a local business on the Brooklyn side of the district.
I'm a bit weary of wading too deep into the fault-lines of Staten Island Republican politics, but it is worth noting that the losing candidate, Allegretti, was backed by the former congressman there, the very popular Vito Fossella. This may get people to start questioning Fossella's ability to deliver Republican votes in the district he once (and still?) dominated.
Grimm will take on freshman Rep. Michael McMahon, a moderate Democrat who has the backing of the Conservative Party and who voted against Obama's health care policy.
McMahon came under criticism earlier when a campaign aide distributed to a reporter documents that described how much money Grimm raised outside the district, labeling one category as "Jewish money." The campaign aide was fired and McMahon apologized.
Saturday, February 24, 2001
Kurt Andersen looks at the mayor of New York’s proposal for a cultural decency commission, illustrator Molly Bang explains the power of a vertical image, and designer Steven Heller delves into the history of one of the 20th century’s most disturbing visual images. Kurt’s talks with screenwriter Stephen Schiff about ...