6:06 pm May. 15, 2012
Jay-Z was among the first rappers to support Barack Obama and four years later, is still by his side. That in itself is not so unusual for a rapper these days. (Quick: name a rapper not voting for Obama? Kid Rock isn't a rapper and Immortal Technique is a conspiracy theorist.)
But today, Jay-Z did something more unusual and unexpected, politically: He backed Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage. Misogynistic and homophobic lyrics are pretty rampant in rap music and rappers expressing support for LGBT rights remains very much a rarity.
Some people have wondered if Obama's support of same-sex marriage will hurt him among black and Latino voters who are traditionally more socially conservative on LGBT issues. Predicting that sort of outcome months ahead of an election is nearly impossible, not to mention the impact some of those voters will have voting for the re-election of the first African-American president.
If Jay-Z's announcement today signals anything about voter attitudes, it's an encouraging sign to Obama's team.
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Inching off the fence: "There's nothing wrong with working for a private equity firm," Bloomberg said of Romney's work at Bain Capital. [Sara Dover]
Jay-Z: Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage is "the right thing to do…I've always thought of it as something that was still holding the country back." [Aliyah Shahid]
Christine Quinn's community outreach director reportedly hung out at a bar, watching who attended a party for the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, which doesn't like Quinn. [Gatecrasher]
Scott Stringer, Bill de Blasio, Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson attended the UFT's annual conference. [Geoff Decker]
Howard Wolfson, rebuffed: "In reality, the ACLU does not loom nearly so large in the dialogue over policing as those tabloid editorial writers." [Richard Steier]
Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle scored a 92 out of 100, from the Club for Growth. Her Republican colleagues from New York did much worse. [Reid Pillifant]
Adriano Espaillat: "He's not current." Rep. Charles Rangel: "This is no time to be making new friends." [William Douglas]
He's not a goner, but Rep. Charlie Rangel's race has the attention of Politico's editor for national politics. [Charles Mahtesian]
DC37 will endorse Charles Barron over Hakeem Jeffries. [David Freedlander]
A full-manual recount may take 20-25 days. Republican David Storobin is leading Democrat Lew Fidler by 27 votes. [Celeste Katz]
"Whites Are Almost Twice As Likely To Be Found With A Weapon" [Christopher Mathias]
In honor of their late mothers who died of cancer, Christine Quinn and Kim Catullo set up a benefit memorial fund. [Memorial Sloan-Kettering]
Silicon Alley may be too small a phrase for what's happening in NYC, said the city's chief digital officer. [Dana Rubinstein]
Michael Bloomberg: JP Morgan's $2 billion loss is a "hiccup". [David Seifman]
The City Council overrode Bloomberg's veto of the prevailing wage bill. [Jill Colvin]
Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Christine Quinn and Scott Stringer co-wrote an op-ed explaining their support for the legislation. [Daily News]
Bill Thompson and Tom Allon weren't on the op-ed because they're not sitting elected officials. [Celeste Katz]
Critics of a proposed garbage plant by East 91st Street said it could cost twice as much to build than what Bloomberg is budgeting. [Amy Zimmer]
The state's ethics commission is investigating Tom Libous, the second highest-ranking Republican in the State Senate. [Danny Hakim]
Ruben Diaz Sr. "Why when he was the attorney general, why did he make a press conference and accuse Pedro Espada of stealing $14 million? And now, he’s indicted for only half a million, and the jury took two weeks to find him guilty, so that means that either Governor Cuomo lied when he said that Pedro Espada stole $14 million, or he overreacted or he did not know the laws." [Laura Nahmias]
Hall of Shame
City politicians "who were punished for abusing their power": Hiram Monserrate, Carl Kruger, Alan Hevesi, Brian McLaughlin, Anthony Seminerio, Dennis Gallagher. [Marc Beja]
Other pols busted since 2000: Guy Velella, Gloria Davis, Diane Gordon, Clarence Norman, Roger Greene, Efrain Gonzalez [via former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin]
Outside the Bubble
"Sax player in City Hall Park and #AirCard allowing me to work outside making this day so much better." [@SallyGold]
Jay-Z endorses Obama's endorsement of gay marriage. [CNN]
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's sister is running for East Ramapo School Board. [Jimmy Van Bramer]
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