Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota's campaign has sent out a fund-raising email presenting what he says is a path to victory in the general.(1)
"People always ask me what will it mean to be New York's first Latino mayor." That's what Adolfo Carrion says in this video his campaign release this morning.
When you raise money for political office, you raise it from all of the interests that are interested in the future of the city and its progress."
"I can't support Adolfo as a Republican," Hindery told me. "I will not support Mr. Carrion. I'm a Democrat and people who become Republicans to get elected are no longer people I can comfortably support."
When I asked Catsimatidis to explain what he meant, he said, "Ross Perot took 20 percent away from George Bush '41,' and we ended up with a Democratic president." He added, "Who do you think Carrion is going to hurt?"(1)
While the story acknowledged that not all the feelers put out were serious, the chance to play kingmaker is irresitable. But the person playing kingmaker, or actively trying to do so, may not be a current member of Bloomberg's administration.(1)
When Adolfo Carrion spoke at a recent event hosted by the Independence Party of New York City, he reminded them that he had officially left the Democratic Party and "declared my independence."
It's a testament to the seriousness with which M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota's potential mayoral candidacy is taken, maybe, that we're no longer talking about whether it can happen, but about "hurdles" to him winning the whole thing.
Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson said, "I don't rule out sitting down the people from the Independence Party and perhaps talking to them about their line in the future." Thompson also said, "The Independence Party for the last few elections in New York City has been very helpful in helping to re-elect Mike Bloomberg, but I would assume it's a new era."(3)
At an awards ceremony hosted by the New York City portion of the Independence Party on Sunday afternoon, former White House Urban Affairs Director and potential mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion declared he had left the Democratic Party and is now not enrolled in any party.(1)
Mark Murphy, the Democratic candidate running against Representative Michael Grimm of Staten Island, is trying to raise money off the rather granular news that Grimm won't be running on the Independence Party line this year.(1)
Before the Democratic primary, minor parties back different candidates for an open congressional seat
The Working Families Party and Independence Party backed different candidates in the three-way race for an open congressional seat in Queens. The labor-backed W.F.P. endorsed Assemblyman Rory Lancman yesterday, and today, the somewhat more ideologically eclectic I.P. endorsed Assemblywoman Grace Meng.(2)
A prominent political operative was found guilty of stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's re-election campaign and could face up to 15 years in prison.
"Well, obviously, We're disappointed with the verdict although we're pleased they acquitted him on the top count" which "would have required mandatory incarceration" said defense attorney Dennis Vacco. "We will appeal."