Bill Thompson announced today that he has hired a prominent Democratic consultant who, four years ago, worked against him.(1)
Andrew Cuomo spoke at just one event at the Democratic National Convention. On his podium, was the phrase "Celebrate Progressive Leadership." Behind him was a giant banner calling New York—the New York of Mario and Andrew Cuomo—the "Progressive Capital of the Nation."
Andrew Cuomo had a good thing going, in terms of his ability to make the trains run on time.(2)
Today, a report in the Post quoted a "political source" saying, of Bill Thompson's media strategy for next year's mayor's race, that he "will spend every dollar he has on television ads to show New Yorkers that he’s black."
In what ought to be a clear sign that Ed Towns is (despite a characteristically unvigorous campaign schedule) planning to run for re-election this year, he has offically enlisted Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf to handle his press.
Mitt Romney has a 16 percentage point lead over Rick Santorum among Republican voters in New York, according to a new Seina poll today.
Romney, who didn't come close to knocking Santorum out of the race in last night's primaries, despite heavy spending by his campaign and by super PACs on attacks ads, leads Santorum among every category of Republican voter here, especially Republicans who identify themselves as liberal (+14) or moderate (+31).
When I asked Democratic consultant Jerry Skurnik about the news that Tom Allon will be the candidate of the Liberal Party in the 2013 mayor's race, his reaction was that it's better than nothing, marginally.
"It's better to be running as the Liberal Party candidate rather than some created name like Neighborhood Party," he said.
Teamsters Local 237 President Gregory Floyd, who is one of many people considering running for mayor, is out with a radio commercial criticizing Comptroller John Liu's plan to merge the management of five city pensions.
Hours before the polls close in a handful of contested races across New York, one thing is clear: Governor Andrew Cuomo will not come out a loser.
That’s according to Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf, who said that in selectively involving himself in local races, the governor has put himself in a position to share the spotlight if his candidates win, but not to be seen as suffering any kind of electoral rebuke if they lose.
"No one running against Speaker Quinn for mayor will be able to use a slush fund headline" said Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf, who helped re-elect Quinn ally Mayor Bloomberg in 2009.
"This will only strengthen her hand," Sheinkopf said. "She not only becomes clean as a speaker, but also clean as a mayoral candidate because she can say she assisted in the probe."
"We won Queens County 52-48. I had a good day yesterday in Queens."
That's what Representative Joe Crowley, the Queens County Democratic boss who selected David Weprin to run for the Anthony Weiner seat, said to Politico reporter Jake Sherman about yesterday's special election in New York's Ninth Congressional district.
Maybe he was kidding. (Hopefully he was, at least a little?) Because of course the bottom line is that his candidate ran in a district that included Brooklyn, and lost badly, in a race that the whole country was watching.
So, the polls have closed and the unofficial results are trickling in. While that gets sorted out, a few readers bravely ventured their educated guesses on tonight's turnout. Most of the people think it's going to be a Republican upset, but that may say something about my limited email list.
The Bob Turner campaign has launched a new ad campaign aimed squarely at the conservative-leaning Jewish vote in the Ninth Congressional District, a demographic that has received a disproportionate amount of attention in the run-up to the September 13 special election to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner.
The campaign has paid an undisclosed sum of money to run ads on a number of web sites, including YeshivaWorld.com, where a banner ad is already up. “Obama thinks he can fix the economy on a bus,” it begins. “He already threw Israel under it. It’s time to put on the brakes and send a clear message to Washington. Vote Bob Turner for Congress this Tuesday, September 13.”