Rep. Grace Meng announced in a press release this morning that she's co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill "to prevent another Benghazi."
It's something of a surprising cause for Meng, a quiet freshman and a Democrat, since "Benghazi" has become a conservative shorthand for the security failures and alleged media manipulations of the Obama administration, and the ostensible reason for Republicans to deny or delay some of the president's cabinet appointments.
In the emotional crescendo of his State of the Union on Tuesday night, President Obama singled out some of the victims of gun violence who attended the speech, and called on Congress to hold votes on some of the new gun laws he has proposed in the weeks since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
"They deserve a vote," Obama said as the chamber rose to applaud.
This flier for Democratic congressional candidate Grace Meng says she "is" endorsed by a number of people and institutions, including "The New York Times," which endorsed her in the primary but not in the general election.
The poll did not include one vital piece of information: the demographic of its survey sample.
Republican Dan Halloran's ad says, "President Obama has a real chance of winning reelection. He will attempt to create a Palestinain state with Jerusalem as its capital. The last time Arabs controlled Yerushalayim Jews were not allowed to to kosel."(1)
It's Giuliani versus Bloomberg, sort of.
Days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed the Democratic candidate running in New York's 6th congressional district in Queens, the Republican opponent announced he was having a fund-raiser featuring former mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Amid speculation Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer will get into the race, State Senator Liz Krueger endorsed fellow Manhattan Democrat Councilman Dan Garodnick for city comptroller. [Celeste Katz]
A $594,375 fine against Bill Thompson for illegal postering during the 2009 mayoral campaign was upheld, but can still be appealed in court. [David Seifman]
That a newspaper would host a topical discussion catering to their readership isn't new. But unlike most events organized by news outlets, this one isn't just a platform to hear a politician: it's also a chance to support Halloran.
According to an invitation for the event, which was passed along to me by a reader who received it, the "minimum donation" to attend the event is $180, and, like most fund-raisers, it contains a list of chairpersons and co-chairpersons.
Obama says it's hard to change Washington from the inside. [Devin Dwyer]
Romney says it's proof he can't govern. [Justin Sink]
Romney said the same thing earlier. [Erin McPike, via Twitter]
Dumbest contorversy yet? [Greg Sargent]
"Dan Halloran will be Congressman West's guest at this event," wrote Phil Orenstein, a board member of the club.
When Adriano Espaillat ran for Congress against Rep. Charles Rangel in June, representing the most credible challenge to Rangel in recent memory, the Times chose not to endorse him, writing that "he would have to reach out to a wider constituency of African-Americans, whites and Asians."
In a radio interview broadcast earlier this month at the end of his whirlwind three-day trip to Israel, Dan Halloran, the Republican city councilman who is running for an open congressional seat in Queens, told well-known Brooklyn radio host Zev Brenner that he would be among Israel’s strongest supporters in Washington.
Democratic congressional candidate Grace Meng thinks Rep. Paul Ryan's selection as Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate is evidence that the Republican Party "has officially derailed and fallen completely out of touch with middle class families, senior citizens" and voters in Queens.(2)
Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng was arrested for accepting $80,000 in a fruit basket from an undercover witness who said he wanted Meng’s help in fixing a criminal tax case. [John Marzulli]
Meng’s daughter, Assemblywoman Grace Meng: "I am shocked and deeply saddened by these allegations. Prior to this afternoon’s reports, I had no knowledge of my father’s actions or the investigation. I am independent of my father – always have been, always will be. Until more facts emerge and we have a better understanding of the situation, the only thing further I’ll say is that I urge my father to fully cooperate with all authorities.”
The candidates in a congressional race in Queens are doing what Barack Obama and Mitt Romney aren't willing to: They're having a substantive argument about gun laws.