On Sunday morning, David Gregory tried to coax two governors, acting as surrogates for the respective presidential campaigns, to touch the most conspicuous third rail of the 2012 campaign.
"It has struck me that there is not a more robust debate in this campaign about gun violence in America and what to do about that," he said to Govs. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Hakeem Jeffries isn't a congressman yet, but he's already making lots of friends in Washington.
The Brooklyn assemblyman has raised more than $1.3 million for his congressional race to date, but he's not hoarding much it for future challenges.
With just over a week until Election Day, when he's expected to win handily in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, Jeffries has spent his cash on hand down to just $55,000, according to his most recent filing this week with the Federal Election Commission.
Andrew Cuomo is reportedly headed down to Florida tomorrow, weather permitting, to campaign for President Obama. Cuomo's is the most closely watched surrogacy in New York, but other elected officials are making travel plans too. Senator Chuck Schumer will be traveling to Florida later this month, at the request of the Obama campaign.
Bill Clinton will headline a rally for congressional challenger Sean Patrick Maloney in Westchester this weekend.
Clinton has been active this cycle, as a top surrogate to President Obama, and in House races across the country. Last week, he held a joint rally for incumbent Reps. Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter in Rochester.
President Obama's October slide is hurting Democratic candidates across the country and dimming the party's hopes of re-taking the House, according to pollsters and operatives who talked to Politico.
But in New York, the president's coattails seem to be getting longer.
"Bloomberg also confessed to not knowing the difference between a blog and a newspaper when bemoaning the declining quality of journalism." [Christopher Robbins]
"Pretty much every reporter who's ever covered City Hall pounding heads into desks over Atlantic article, it appears." [Ben Smith]
1199 SEIU did an independent expenditure to help Council candidate Andy King in the Bronx. [NYCCFB]
Chuck Schumer isn't raising all that money for nothing.
Schumer collected $402,000 in the third quarter, despite not having another election until 2016, but he also gave away a whopping $1 million donation to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
His junior colleague, Kirsten Gillibrand, gave $250,000 to the committee, making them two of the more generous donors to the Democratic effort to protect the party's majority in the Senate.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said this morning that the Obama campaign has yet to decide where to deploy him on behalf of the president's re-election, and that he'll be campaigning for congressional candidates in the meantime.
"I'm going to go where they need me," Cuomo said in one of his regular appearances on Fred Dicker's radio show. "They haven't given me a definitive schedule. They're talking about Ohio, they're talking about Virginia."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks Mitt Romney has no values and President Obama shouldn't get credit for killing Osama bin Laden.
Romney "walked away from everything he did," Bloomberg told the Atlantic.
Bill Clinton has cut a new ad for President Obama's re-election campaign titled "He's Got It Right."
In the straight-to-camera spot, Clinton cheerfully tells viewers how Obama's economic plans mirror the ones he successfully employed in the 1990s.
"The stuff some folks are saying about President Obama sounds kind of familiar," Clinton says.(1)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new super PAC won't be helping Scott Brown in Massachusetts.
"We will not be spending in that race," Howard Wolfson, the former Democratic operative who is managing the mayor's last-minute spending blitz on behalf of moderate candidates, told me this morning.(1)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new super PAC made its first expenditures late yesterday, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The Independence USA PAC spent a total of $94,000 on two House candidates: Val Demings in Florida, and New York's own Dan Maffei.
Democrats were feeling pretty good about their chances in Indiana's Senate race, even before last night's debate between Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock and Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly.
A Global Strategy Group poll released yesterday showed Donnelly leading by two points, thanks mostly to independents who were skeptical of Mourdock's proudly uncompromising approach to governing.
New York's Conservative Party is doing what it can to help out its candidate for U.S. Senate, Wendy Long.
The group reported spending $24,000 today on robocalls to benefit Long, who overwhelmingly won the party's endorsement earlier this year.