7:30 pm Apr. 16, 2012
Grace Meng picked up the endorsements today of Senator Gillibrand (unofficially), and four Democratic mayoral candidates.
Rory Lancman picked up the endorsement of the Communication Workers of America.
Meng, the Assemblywoman from Flushing, has gotten the lion's share of endorsements from elected officials, starting with her support from the Queens Democratic organization.
Lancman has made a pretty successful play for the unions, who are the foot soldiers in many of the fights the Democratic Party has waded into.
The contrast is stark, and sets up an interesting contest pitting the party against one of its most reliable institutional components.
Gingrich was attacked by a penguin. [Caitlin McDevitt]
The former president of the Dominican Republican apologized for telling New York clergymen that Obama was born in Africa. [Byron Tau]
Stringer was notably absent from a group of mayoral candidates endorsing Grace Meng in NY-06. [Sam Levin]
Allon wasn't there either. [Celeste Katz]
Barron is a "wild card" because his "unique brand of black nationalist-inspired politics". [Andrew Grossman]
Professor Doug Muzzio said Towns wasn't acting like a candidate. [The Grio]
Rangel has $226,000 in the bank, compared to Espaillat's $56,000. [Jill Colvin]
Becker said he raised almost as much as Maloney, but that more of his money came from within the district. [Mike Risinit]
The Associated Press won a Pulitzer for their series of stories on the NYPD surveillance program. [New York Times]
"It is an absolute disgrace," Rep. Peter King said of the AP winning the Pulitzer for their stories about the NYPD. [Capital]
Campaign Finance Reform
Leo Hindery and Susan Lerner say Cuomo made the issue "a priority, so let's act now." [Crains]
Gale Brewer wants to bolster protection for them, but the Department of Investigations has problems with the bill. [Brian Zumhagen]
"I don't wast ink, I think, I drop 'fuggedaboutits' faster than you blink" Marty Markowitz said, echoing Gza of Wu-Tang clan. [Colin Campbell]
Stringer tried rapping. [Twitter]