2:30 pm Jan. 10, 2012
Yesterday, it was reported that two of Anthony Weiner's longtime consultants were hired by Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president who is running for mayor.
Stringer used to have as a consultant Josh Isay, who currently works for Christine Quinn, the establishment candidate in the current 2013 field.
Consultants are only part of the picture when it comes to the candidates' campaign organizations, and in many cases they're the focus of outsize attention from the media relative to their in-house counterparts—the staffers, interns, trackers, etc.
That said, here's an informal and not-comprehensive roundup of the mayoral candidates and some of their consultants. In some cases, I have included consultants who aren't formally contracted with the candidates, but are likely to be if and when the campaigns they're attached to are formally launched. Please let me know who else should be in here.
Josh Isay is a former Schumer aide who founded Knickerbocker SKD along with Micah Lasher. Isay did print and radio ads for Obama's 2008 campaign and was a consultant on Michael Bloomberg's 2005 and 2009 races.
Jennifer Cunningham, a managing partner at Knickerbocker SKD, was a top adviser to Andrew Cuomo during his 2006 attorney general's race and was executive vice president of 1199 SEIU, a political powerhouse in New York.
Joel Benenson was the lead pollster for Obama's presidential campaign in 2008 and recently signed up with Quinn. He worked with Anthony Weiner in 2005 and 2009 (when he "was deeply involved in Mr. Weiner's decision not to challenge Mr. Bloomberg.") He also did a poll back in 2003 that gave Democrats hope they could defeat Bloomberg in 2005.
Jim Margolis and Anson Kaye both worked on Weiner's 2005 and 2009 campaigns. They helped position Weiner as a scrappy outer-borough outsider and, later, as an outspoken progressive on national issues.
Bedford Grove LLC is the consulting firm sending out Thompson's public schedule and statements. It's home to former public advocate Betsy Gotbaum and her former aide, Ian MacDonald. Others members of the firm, Michael Giaccio, Kristie Stiles, worked on Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson's statewide campaigns. Another member of the shop, Marius Muresano, was once Spitzer's photographer.
Bill de Blasio:
Berlin Rosen, the media consulting firm specializing in progressive Democratic causes, received one payment of $5,000 from the campaign, and were listed as "campaign Consuls. communications."
Cindy Darrison briefly helped the local-newspaper publisher raise money for his first campaign, but isn't personally helping anymore. Darrison has in the past raised money for Andrew Cuomo, Eliot Spitzer, Bill de Blasio (when he ran for public advocate) and Bill Thompson (when he ran for mayor in 2005).
Campaignology is working on Allon's website.
George Arzt, the veteran communications consultant who worked on the 2009 city comptroller campaign, is acting as a campaign spokesman, as Liu faces questions about his past and present fund-raising practices.
Chung Seto is a close aide to Liu who helped run his 2009 comptroller race, and was a former executive director of the New York State Democratic Party. She currently helps Liu with his campaign and political activities.
Jimmy Siegel is an experienced consultant who cut television ads for Eliot Spitzer's 2006 gubernatorial race, Hillary Clinton's presidential race and Liu's 2009 race. His specialty is making biopic spots that tell a story about a person's character. I once asked him if he could do an ad for the embattled Anthony Weiner. He's not currently doing anything for Liu, but probably will if Liu still follows through with a run for mayor.