"No one can see a path for the borough president to City Hall." [Greg David]
Talib Kweli wonders "what world" Bloomberg lives in. [Colin Campbell]
Footage of Kweli and Jumaane Williams, from a stop-and-frisk rally. [Youtube]
The 47 percent Romney was talking about is, in New York City, only 35 percent. [Sam Roberts and Patrick McGeehan]
Democratic state senators Malcolm Smith and Kevin Parker gave last-minuted donations to Shirley Huntley, before she lost her Democratic primary to Councilman James Sanders. [Glenn Blain]
"It would be my honor to stand with you" Cuomo said. [Lucian McArty]
BALLSTON SPA—The next paragraph in the gay rights narrative will be written here, in a windowless vault filled with old paper and softly quibbling lawyers, next week.
"I was praying, I was praying, I was praying he was going to come in," McGuire said. "I mean, it would have been the kiss of death. He wisely said he's no assistance to these Republicans, and chose to stay out."
But two scandal-plagued legislators in New York City lost their primaries -- Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera in the Bronx and State Senator Shirley Huntley in Queens. Rivera, facing a crowded primary field that included two other candidates with Hispanic last names, had the backing of major unions and the county organization in her borough. The winner, Mark Gjonaj, was well-funded, and potentially benefited from that crowded field.
Huntley had one major challenger, City Councilman James Sanders, who had run for the seat many years earlier. She was a lackluster presence in Albany and Sanders had the backing of Rev. Floyd Flake, a former congressman whose political clout in the area is hard to match.
But had it not been for well-publicized scandals, these incumbents most likely would have won their elections, casting a grim lesson for any challenger who wants to unseat an incumbent for other reasons, like simply being ineffective.
So far, Governor Andrew Cuomo has endorsed four incumbent Democratic legislators for re-election, but has not appeared with them on the campaign trail or appeared in ads for them.