6:41 pm Mar. 16, 20121
With the jockeying for Gary Ackerman's vacated congressional seat firmly underway, former Ed Koch is ready to endorse: He is for Councilman Mark Weprin.
You will probably recall that Koch backed the successful Republican opponent of Assembly David Weprin in last year's special election for the Anthony Weiner's congressional seat.
There are a number of other Democrats who could end up running for it, too, including Assemblywoman Elizabeth Crowley, who is, potentially usefully, the cousin of congressman (and Queens Democratic chair) Joe Crowley.
So we have a situation in which the following scenarios are possible: The county chair uses his muscle to get his family a second seat in Congress; the county chair uses his muscle to give the nomination to the brother of the last guy he gave a nomination to; and the former mayor gives a leg-up to the brother of the guy whose last campaign he destroyed.
"All in the Family" took place in Queens, right?
Rory Lancman is in. [Marc Tracy]
Mark Weprin might be in. [David Freedlander]
Ed Koch endorsed Weprin. [Twitter]
Republicans remind Jewish voters Democratic Lew Fidler described himself as a "bacon and eggs Jew" to me in 2008. It's also helping to fuel Democrat Dov Hikind's endorsement of Republican David Storobin. [Colin Campbell]
Hilarity ensues. [Twitter]
"Liberal Democrat Lew Fidler Wants to Teach Same Gender Marriage to 6 Year Old Children" [Flatbush Jewish Journal]
Three of her Republican opponents are on the ballot. [Liz Benjamin]
Turner says he needs $15 million. [Rick Karlin]
A candidate who runs an alt-weekly that's LGBT-friendly marches in a parade that bars gay and LGBT participants. [@DanaRubenstein]
Timing is everything: Cuomo is a winner this week because "he delivers-again" but Koch is a loser because he was "double-crossed on redistricting." [Celeste Katz]
Latinos are disappointed in Cuomo over redistricting. [Cristina Loboguerrero]
El Diario puts its displeasure on the front page. [Flickr]
Lawmakers don't want to pull all-nighters anymore. [Thomas Kaplan]
"This American Life" retracted a story excerpted from Mike Daisey's show about Apple's factory in China. Daisey said the show "uses a combination of fact, memoir and dramatic license" and "What I do is not journalism." [Catherine Smith]
"Ira [Glass] re-interviewed Mike Daisey to learn why he misled us." [Jason Middleton]
More info on the "Kony 2012" video, and whether graphic ads discourage smoking. [On the Media]
Disappointing. [El Diario]