"This is a not a race about social issues," said New York State Conservative Party chairman Michael Long today, after endorsing the socially liberal Republican candidate Joe Lhota for mayor.(1)
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.
Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind collected 10 valid signatures from enrolled Conservative Party members who reside in his central Brooklyn district, enough to get him on the ballot for the party's September primary, according to a state court ruling yesterday.
Hikind, who submitted a total of 12 signatures, will face Moshe Tischler, a 20-year-old political newcomer (who recently picked up Mindy Meyer's former campaign manager).
This morning Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the Republican-led Senate, in opposing marijuana decriminalization, was responding to the "extreme" conservative wing of the state's Republican party, whose views he sometimes sees articulated in the New York Post.(2)
So far, the Republican challengers to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are struggling to sell their campaigns to New York donors.
Representative Bob Turner, who entered the race in March touting his name recognition and fund-raising ability, reported collecting just $90,390 in the first quarter, according to his latest filing with the FEC.(2)
A few dozen donors descended on former Manhattan County chair Jennifer Saul's home last night for Representative Bob Turner's first proper fund-raiser since becoming a Senate candidate two weeks ago.
Wendy Long coasted to the New York State Conservative Party's U.S. Senate nomination today, with the strong backing of the state chairman Mike Long, who's made no secret of the fact that he thinks running a tough woman against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand gives his side the best chance in an uphill battle.(6)
The circumstances aren't special anymore, but Bob Turner still sees a 'fair shot' running statewide against Gillibrand
The coalition that gathered at the Roma View Restaurant in Howard Beach six months to celebrate the upset victory of congressman-elect Bob Turner included former Mayor Ed Koch, who supported Turner over the Democrats to "send a message" to President Obama about Israel, and New York State Conservative Party chair Mike Long, who said it was about spending and jobs.
"I am telling you," said Turner, more subdued than the rest, when he finally took the stage that night. "I am the messenger. Heed us. This message will resound for a full year. It will resound into 2012."
Now, with his congressional district slated for elimination in the redistricting process, Turner, a 70-year-old retired cable executive, is seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand. But neither Koch nor Long is with him this time.
Conservative Party chairman Mike Long said the party was unlikely to back Representative Bob Turner's newly-announced campaign against U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, given the support that has already been drummed up by Wendy Long, a former clerk to Clarence Thomas who announced her candidacy last month.(1)
Conservatives endorsed two candidates who won their special elections. Both will be honored by the small-but-influential third party at a Nov. 3 dinner in Dyker Heights.