6:20 pm Sep. 8, 2011
A DCCC ad buy in the NY-9 race is attracting "earned media" attention for having included, then erased, a cartoon image of an airplane flying over the Manhattan skyline. Coming just three days before the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, it's just, you know. Awkward.
But the episode is emblematic of the race overall: it's an awkward race for a possibly disappearing district, being run between two suboptimal candidates receiving uneven help from powerful backers with diverse agenda. As special elections go, this is a raggedy one.
Unrelated: On the horizon for the NYPD could be a more serious problem than the handcuffing a city councilman. The death of a parade bystander while cops were involved in a shoot-out nearby is being investigated for the possibility that the bullet that killed the bystander was fired by a police officer. Al Sharpton is getting involved in the case too.
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The death of a parade bystander while a police shootout happened nearby is going to get more attention. Al Sharpton's spokeswoman said, "He absolutely intents to get involved in this." [Lysiak, Parascandola and Siemaszko]
"David Weprin, let's face it, is the ultimate party clubhouse guy," said Dem consultant Michael Oliva. [Dana Rubinstein]
The DCCC made a $500,000 ad buy in the race. [Caitlin Huey-Burns]
The complaint about the airplane image over the Manhattan skyline is a "good point." [Liz Benjamin]
Ditto. [Foster Kamer]
"In contrast to the Democrats, national Republican groups have yet to show much interest in giving Turner significant campaign support." [Devlin Barrett]
That may change. [Cameron Joseph]
"The race was expected to be an easy win for Democrat David Weprin." (By whom?) [AP]
Daily Intel goes with a more direct headline for Reid Pillifant's piece about the resilient police commissioner: "Why Isn't Ray Kelly's Job Approval Rating Lower?" [Noreen Malone]
Jurors who acquitted a police officer of rape said they thought he could have had consensual sex with the drunken woman. [Laura Italiano]
Quinn reiterates her opposition to teacher layoffs. [Geoff Decker]
Sam Waterson will be a cable news executive in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming series. [Dave Itzkoff]