After New York's Republican Party announced yesterday that Texas senator Ted Cruz would be their keynote speaker at an annual fund-raising dinner later this month, the state's Democratic Party responded by calling for them to rescind the invitation.(1)
"Lesbian frontrunner" [Tempo]
Christine Quinn: "I am very clear that a part of my personality is what some people might call a bitch." [Greg Sargent, h/t Jonathan Capehart]
Quinn's election would "send a message around the world," said Stonewall's Melissa Sklarz. [Keith Wagstaff]
Jon Huntsman alienated a number of Republican constituencies last year, with his support for climate change and immigration reform, along with his criticism of Mitt Romney, and the former Utah governor may have angered a few more last week when he signed on to a brief supporting same-sex marriage.(1)
New York State Republican Party chairman Ed Cox acknowledged some losses on Election Night, but insists "our networking and outreach success here can be a model for other Republican organizations in the future."
At an endorsement event for Wendy Long this morning, three Republicans and a Conservative insisted Paul Ryan would be a helpful counterpoint to Democrats up and down the ballot.
"We need reform, Ryan has put together a plan that does just that," said congressman Bob Turner, who was there to offer his official endorsement of Long, and was joined by Republican chairman Ed Cox and Conservative Party chairman Mike Long.
"Is it a bitter pill? Well, we'll let the survivors decide.
Even before Mitt Romney reported his best fund-raising month of the campaign this morning, with $12.6 million collected in March, some Republicans were starting to inflate expectations.
"He's already done spectacularly here in New York," state chairman Ed Cox told me last night when I asked about the Romney campaign's latest fund-raising goals.
Ray Kelly, and the prospect that he might run for mayor in 2013, has been the subject of lots of speculation this week.
Nothing has changed, as far as anyone can tell: Kelly has long been one of the most popular public officials in New York; it has long been a fantasy of city Republicans and many non-Republican members of the political and business establishments that he run; Kelly never acknowledged that he was interested, and still hasn't.
With the Republican presidential primary declared all-but-over this morning after front-runner Mitt Romney swept three primaries last night, the New York State Republican Party has announced that Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will appear at the state party's annual dinner on April 19.(1)
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.
On Thursday night, at the Manhattan G.O.P.'s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, attorney Wendy Long made her first public appearance as an announced candidate for U.S. Senate.
"I am here to pledge a full-hearted campaign to win our nomination and defeat Kirsten Gillibrand in November," she told the partisan crowd of approximately 150 in a small upstairs ballroom at the National Republican Women's Club on East 51st Street.(2)
Despite a rocky welcome to New York politics, Marc Cenedella, an internet entrepreneur and anti-tax activist, isn't showing any signs yet of shying away from a potential challenge to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Among the parade of lawmakers and lobbyists who crowded into the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon for Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech was Marc Cenedella, a web entrepreneur, anti-tax activist and would-be Senate candidate.
For the last month and a half, Cenedella has been meeting with Republicans across the state in order to express to them, in person, how serious he is about challenging Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand this year.(1)
Around the time Bob Turner's campaign released an internal poll showing they were within striking distance of the heavily favored Democratic candidate in New York's Ninth Congressional District, there was another set of numbers that were closely guarded.
"I think I had about 2,000 in the bank," said Turner's campaign manager, E. O'Brien Murray, known to friends and colleagues as O'B.
At the annual New York State G.O.P. dinner last night, which fortuitously fell the day after Republicans' biggest election win here in recent memory, local partisans took turns congratulating themselves on Bob Turner's victory, and on what they said was the party's bright future in New York.
Bob Turner, a Republican former cable TV executive, has won a special election to replace Anthony Weiner in New York's Ninth Congressional District in Brooklyn and Queens. He defeated Assemblyman David Weprin, the loyal, unassuming Democratic assemblyman who was picked by party leaders to defend the seat.(1)