David Bellavia, a pro-life, pro-gun Republican running for Congress in western New York, is hoping to get a boost from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.(3)
Newt Gingrich's campaign has a few events planned for New York City tonight and tomorrow, but the former speaker won't be at any of them. His wife Callista will be making appearances at two Christian schools and two Republican clubs, according to the public schedule emailed by the campaign today.
Paladino says Gingrich has a 'blistering' pre-primary schedule in New York, calls Romney a mope and a Jeff Immelt
Businessman and former G.O.P. gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino, the most highly visible remaining supporter of Newt Gingrich in New York, says the former speaker's somewhat-suspended campaign plans to make an aggressive push here before the April 24 primary.
"I think he's got a blistering schedule planned," said Paladino, who mentioned events in the Buffalo area and central New York, though he declined to offer specifics. (A campaign spokesperson didn't return an email about the campaign's plans.)(16)
MANCHESTER, N.H.—On Sunday afternoon, Carl Paladino was sitting in the front office of Newt Gingrich's headquarters on Elm Street, flipping through his phone, until I arrived to meet him, at which point he excused us, and explained that the campaign staff doesn't particularly like reporters hanging around in there.
"They act like there's some big secret happening, but I haven't seen it," said Paladino, who arrived in New Hampshire yesterday, with an eye toward connecting the campaign to his own supporters when the presidential primary eventually rolls toward New York.(3)
While the vast majority of New York Republicans rally around Mitt Romney, the party's proudly and somewhat wildly anti-establishment candidate for governor last year, Carl Paladino, will be backing Newt Gingrich.
"Newt Gingrich has a long history of doing the right thing," Paladino said in a phone interview. "Yeah, we all make some mistakes. Yeah, we're not flawless, we all have our flaws.
In a radio interview this morning former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said Michael Mayor Bloomberg "made an ass out of himself" by "lying" about his relationship with John Haggerty, the G.O.P. operative accused of stealing more than $1 million from the mayor's 2009 campaign.
Bloomberg testified in court that he didn't know Haggerty all that well, and that he was shocked when Haggerty took the $1.1 million earmarked for "ballot-security" operations and took it to buy a house.
Strange as it may seem, what with his thick Texas accent, and his decidedly red-state rhetoric, New York Republicans are looking hard that most un-New York presidential candidate, Rick Perry.
“I’m supporting him because we need a sweeping change in Washington culture,” said David Malpass, a former Treasury official under Ronald Reagan and founder of GROW PAC. “I met with him in June and liked what I saw.”
G.O.P. donors in New York, until recently the home of late-stage Rockefeller Republicanism, had remained largely aloof from the early presidential field, having found nothing in common with the cultural conservatism of Michele Bachmann, but little to get excited about in the less-radical propositions of Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty.
Carl Paladino killed the revolution, as it turns out. Republicans had their share of successes across the state on Election Day, picking up at least five House seats and possibly control of the State Senate. But they also failed to win two very winnable contests for statewide office. The day before voters headed to the polls, a Siena poll found the contests for attorney general and comptroller all knotted up.
Azi: A consultant once told me the problem with campaigning for comptroller is that most voters don't do their own taxes, so evaluating people's ability to do a job that voters have taken a pass on already is kind of hard. You have to constantly redefine the office in a way that makes sense to people, or at least gets their attention for second, and then say, This is why I'm good at it. Remember, DiNapoli ran into all sorts of headaches when the legislature was passing this year's budget, telling people his office doesn't have the power to actually "certify" the budget or vouch for it, but only to check that it meets certain, very basic criteria. People wonder why they should even bother to pay for a comptroller if it's just a fancy auditor with the power to do not much of anything.
With Carl Paladino on pace to lose the gubernatorial race by somewhere between 30 and 40 points, it's tempting to conclude that Democrats could have nominated anyone—no matter how polarizing or otherwise flawed—and still held on to the governorship. One usually smart analyst even suggested, seriously, that Eliot Spitzer could have done the trick, had he stayed in office rather than resigning in 2008.
This is the second in a new five-part series called "The New York Vote," a partnership between WNYC and Capital New York. We will be painting a portrait of the New York electorate in 2010, as explained by a diverse cast of political players.
Today, we interview Gov. David Paterson, who says no one person in Albany can change the culture of the capital because, despite all the talk of voter rebellion, New Yorkers keep returning incumbents to their legislative perches.
>> Watch the video and read the story here: The Voter Revolution Is Not Here (WNYC.org)
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(1)
ALBANY—At a recent state Democratic Party event, Representative Paul Tonko, a stalwart partisan in a safe Congressional seat stretching from the capital west through the Mohawk Valley, stepped up to the mic and said, “Democrats are you ready? Labor, are you in the house? Labor and Democrats, is that a powerful team? Is it an energized team? Are Democrats and labor the winning team? Let’s go get ‘em this November!”