Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new super PAC won't be helping Scott Brown in Massachusetts.
"We will not be spending in that race," Howard Wolfson, the former Democratic operative who is managing the mayor's last-minute spending blitz on behalf of moderate candidates, told me this morning.(1)
A new poll released yesterday from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling shows Elizabeth Warren opening up a nine-point lead over Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race.
It's the largest lead of the campaign for Warren, who has gained three points since they polled the race last week.(1)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that his new super PAC's involvement in this year's election as something of a test run for his post-mayoral ambitions.
"We'll win some races, we'll lose some of these, but it's sort of to get our feet wet," he said during his regular Friday morning radio show appearance. "And then two years from now, when I don't have to worry about just what's good for New York City—I'm gonna live here the rest of my life, my kids are gonna live here, I'm gonna live in New York State, I'm gonna live in America, so I care about all these levels of government—but I'll be freer to do more in a couple of years."
A Pew poll released yesterday seems bound to set off a round of Democratic hand-wringing, after the survey found Mitt Romney opening up a lead among likely voters, 49 percent to 45 percent.
It's just one poll, of course, but even as an outlier it's a bad sign for Democrats, who are seeing polls tighten everywhere in the wake of President Obama's subpar debate performance.
Elizabeth Warren appeared before a raucous crowd of small donors at the Openhouse Gallery on Mulberry Street last night for a low-dollar, closed-press event hosted by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.(1)
Elizabeth Warren will be back in New York City on September 27, but this time it will be a lot less expensive to see her.
Warren delighted New York's liberal establishment when she roared into the Massachusetts Senate race last fall, as a proudly progressive champion of a robust social contract; she was feted at a high-dollar fundraiser on the Upper West Side with some of New York's most generous Democrats, and introduced by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
This week, Senator Chuck Schumer chided Mayor Michael Bloomberg for criticizing President Barack Obama on gun control, telling the Washington Post that the mayor was being "unfair" when he argued, as he does often, that Obama and Mitt Romney are equivalently ineffective on the matter.
Michael Bloomberg, who has become the national face of gun control, has said that he endorsed the N.R.A.-approved Republican senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts as a reward for Brown's opposition to a specific bill concerning concealed weapons that would have had a large impact on New York City.(1)
On Friday, Senator Chuck Schumer offered the nation an update on the financial status and political leanings of the Baileys, the theoretical suburban family often cited by Schumer as a lodestar for his pro- middle class policies.
"They like President Obama as a person," Schumer told the Wall Street Journal. "They're not unemployed."
A bill sponsored by New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg and Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy that would effectively ban the online sale of ammunition has the backing of the nation's loudest gun control advocate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.(3)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has done much in recent days to spark a national conversation about gun control, has explained his support for Senator Scott Brown, a Republican who is backed by the National Rifle Association, by touting Brown's opposition to a measure that would require states to recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning defended his endorsement of Senator Scott Brown, citing Brown's opposition to one particularly controversial piece of N.R.A.-backed legislation, though Bloomberg also noted that Brown is ''not good on guns generally."
Despite his recent very public, post-Aurora gun control crusade, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing Rep. Senator Scott Brown in his race against liberal darling Elizabeth Warren.
CBS News is reporting the mayor will host a fundraiser for Brown on August 15 in New York.
Brown does not support a federal assault weapons ban, though Warren does. And the National Rifle Association, the mayor's sworn enemy, has given him an 'A' rating.
New York is taking on an outsize importance in the Massachusetts race for U.S. Senate.
The Boston Globe reported this morning that the incumbent senator, Scott Brown, collected more campaign contributions in New York City during the first three months of the year than in any other locale, including Boston.
Appearing on "Morning Joe" today for what was supposed to have been an attack on super PACs, Senator Charles Schumer found himself defending his own contributions from Wall Street, saying it wasn't fair to compare his fund-raising to the new unregulated system, and that the financial-services sector isn't giving him much these days anyway.(1)