8:35 am Sep. 28, 2012
Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has long had a close working relationship with the Republicans who control the State Senate, and a commensurately poor one with the Democrats in that chamber.
After Cuomo abandoned his reform promises by signing office on a gerrymandered redistricting plan that enabled Republicans to protect their 33-29 majority, the Democrats argued, gingerly, that the governor's position doesn't make sense, since their policies are more in line with his agenda.
But yesterday, Cuomo affirmed his nonpartisan stance, saying he won't stop Republicans, or anyone else for that matter, from using his likeness in campaign commercials, so long as what he's depicted as saying is accurate.
The position serves a number of purposes that are in line with Cuomo's overall agenda.
For one thing, it reinforces the idea that he's above the usual partisan bickering that most voters say they disdain.
And it also highlights his remarkable popularity at the moment among Republicans in New York as well as Democrats.
After all, if a Democrat using Cuomo's image runs against a Republican using Cuomo's image, who wins?
(The answer is: Cuomo.)
"I am very proud of my time in public service."—Roy McDonald
Ahead of the debates, where Romney will challenge the accuracy of Obama's critiques, a Times reporter notes Obama can be specific about Romney's plans because Romney hasn't been. [Michael Cooper]
George Soros pledged $1 million to Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC, during a Manhattan fund-raiser attended by Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. [Nick Confessore]
Why isn't the economy hurting Obama's reelection more? "[I]t seems that opinions about the campaign are driving opinions about the economy." [Annie Lowrey]
Where Election Day is a month long. [Jeff Zeleny]
Michelle Rhee: Attacking critics as anti-union or anti-teacher will further "isolate" the teachers union from "the broader Democratic Party." [Washington Post]
Despite dramatically "drawing a red line through a cartoonish diagram of a bomb," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu actually backed off pressure he was mounting on Obama. [Rick Gladstone and David Sanger]
"The speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday marked Mr. Netanyahu's latest public challenge to President Barack Obama to more aggressively confront Tehran." [Jay Solomon]
Bloomberg sided with Netanyahu on the need for a "red line" with Iran. [Maggie Haberman]
Helping classify the attack in Benghazi as an act of terrorism, U.S. intelligence officials say two or three people involved "have some association" with an al-Qaeda group, but "it's not so direct" that you would say the group "planned and carried this out." [Greg Miller]
The House Majority PAC ad hitting Republican Chris Collins is "misleading." [Jill Terreri]
Talib Kweli: "With policies like stop and frisk, they’re destroying … whatever’s left of the relationship that the community has with the police." [Steven Horowitz]
Kweli, NAACP president Ben Jealous, Council member Melissa Mark Viverito and City Comptroller John Liu attended a rally about reforming stop-and-frisk. [Ivan Pereira]
Education and civil rights groups filed a federal complaint over the lack of black and Latino students in the city's most selective schools. "At Stuyvesant High School, the most sought-after school, 19 blacks were offered seats in a freshman class of 967." [Al Baker]
Republican state senator Roy McDonald didn't directly mention his support for same-sex marriage in his statement declaring he won't pursue a third-party bid to keep his seat. [Jacob Gershman]
McDonald's withdrawal from the race boosts the G.O.P.'s chances of holding onto their 33-29 majority in the State Senate. [Thomas Kaplan]
The Journal poaches Evelyn Rusli from the Times, shortly after the Times hired away WSJ. editor Deborah Needleman. [Joe Pompeo]
Bob Abrams and David Paterson discussed what's on Cory Booker's "horizons." [Reid Pillifant]
Bloomberg said the data showing a "sub-Saharan" income gap in Manhattan is "meaningless." [Dana Rubinstein]
The State Senate Democrats were "an embarrassment to this whole state" when they were in the majority, Bloomberg said. [Dana Rubinstein]
Netanyahu amplified his message on Iran, but changed his message on Obama. [Josh Benson and Azi Paybarah]
"Homeland" creator Alex Gansa credits "all the le Carre books" as inspirations for his Emmy-winning show. BAM, coincidentally, has a le Carre film series coming up. [J. Gabriel Boylan]