8:38 am Dec. 29, 2011
When Rick Perry's Republican primary bid stalled, he attacked New York's junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand.
Yesterday, Newt Gingrich, whose Republican primary bid seems to be on the decline, went after Michael Bloomberg, saying that he doesn't come from a place "where we can buy a seat or buy, as Mayor Bloomberg did, buy the mayorship of New York."
Gingrich hung out with Bloomberg back in 2007.
The topic of Bloomberg's campaign spending is well-worn in New York, but maybe Gingrich has calculated that it will seem fresh to Iowa's libertarian-conservative Republicans and independents, who head to the caucuses on Jan. 3.
"[H]alf of Iowans are not on Facebook, so candidates have been bombarding them with mailers, traditional television advertising and automated phone calls from candidates." [Jennifer Preston]
"Some people are saying he's a recluse. You don't want that reputation," Jimmy Carter's communication director said of Obama. [Helene Cooper]
“We don’t come out of a background where we can buy a seat or buy, as Mayor Bloomberg did, buy the mayorship of New York," Newt Gingrich said, according to CBS News. [Rolando Pujol]
A Times columnist summarizes the Iowa caucuses this way: "On Tuesday, there will be a contest to select the preferred candidate of a small group of people who are older, wealthier and whiter than American voters in general, and more politically extreme than the average Iowa Republican." Which is probably not how David Yepsen would put it. [Gail Collins]
"Since Mr. Cuomo took office in January, the group has spent more than $12.5 million lobbying on behalf of Mr. Cuomo's agenda." [Jacob Gershman]
"Congress is at a much higher degree of difficulty than this," Cuomo said. Passing bills there "can be among the most frustrating processes." [Yancey Roy]
Cuomo is sued by retired union workers who say it's unconstitutional to raise their health care costs. [Jimmy Vielkind]
"The law clearly allows the administration to apply the terms of a new contract to retirees" said Cuomo's spokesman Josh Vlasto. [Erik Kriss]
The city education department didn't apply for millions of federal dollars to cover the cost of services it provided to low-income and needy students. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer called it "unconscionable." [Fernanda Santos]
"The mayor and commissioner firmly rejected the possibility that the reduction was caused by societal or economic factors." [David Seifman]
"Scratch a councilmember, and you’re almost sure to find pork-barrel abuse. (And the same goes for the state Legislature.)" [New York Post]
A good-government-minded editorial board wants the IRS to probe 501c-4s that are really doing political work and hiding the identify of their donors. [New York Times]
A pro-Wall Street-statue editorial page said "Gen. Bloomberg" should use "a platoon or patrolmen" to protect the Wall Street bull, rather than have it behind barricades. [New York Post]
"14 Muslim Leaders Plan Boycott of Breakfast With Mayor" [Kate Taylor]
One of them is "Omar Mohammedi, who is a mayoral appointee to the city’s Human Rights Commission." [David Seifman]