Sean Patrick Maloney
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand won't be taking sides in the Democratic primary to be the city's next mayor.
"I will not endorse in the New York City mayor's race, until we have a Democratic nominee," Gillibrand told WNYC's Brian Lehrer this morning.
The five-minute bio piece where Quinn announces her candidacy makes no mention of the historic nature of her candidacy. If she's elected, she'll be New York City's first female mayor, and first openly gay mayor.(2)
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who made history this January when he was sworn in as New York's first openly gay member of Congress, is endorsing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor.(1)
Bill Clinton will headline a rally for congressional challenger Sean Patrick Maloney in Westchester this weekend.
Clinton has been active this cycle, as a top surrogate to President Obama, and in House races across the country. Last week, he held a joint rally for incumbent Reps. Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter in Rochester.
OPHTHPAC, the political action committee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is up with a new television ad in support of Rep. Nan Hayworth.
Hayworth, who is running a tough race for re-election in a swing district targeted by Democrats, is a licensed ophthalmologist who maintained a practice in the Hudson Valley before she was elected to Congress in 2010.
The ad doesn't specifically mention her ophthalmology credentials, but does emphasize her physician-like care for her constituents.
Sean Patrick Maloney's campaign said they're only 3 points behind. That's because they're counting the additional 10 percent of people who said they were supporting the Working Families Party candidate.
In a hastily called press conference after the video surfaced, Romney reiterated the substance of the remarks, which he said had not been "elegantly stated." He also called for the person who taped the fund-raiser to release the whole tape, so that the remarks could be heard in context.
Rep. Nan Hayworth is raising money off a critical mailer circulated in her Hudson Valley district by a Democratic super PAC.
The super PAC, called Friends of Democracy, was started with seed money from Jonathan Soros, son of financier George Soros, and has pledged to focus on a dozen or so swing districts.
"Ten days ago, thousands of voters in the 18th Congressional district received a filthy piece of mail, courtesy of a super-PAC funded by the son of George Soros," Hayworth writes in the email to supporters.
Friends of Democracy, a new super PAC funded with seed money from Jonathan Soros, is getting involved in the race against Hudson Valley congresswoman Nan Hayworth.
The new PAC spent $7,300 on Tuesday for a mailer opposing Hayworth, according to filings on the FEC website.
Hayworth is running against Sean Patrick Maloney, a former aide to Bill Clinton and Eliot Spitzer, in a swing district that has attracted the attention of both national parties.
The mailer accuses Hayworth of being beholden to special interests from outside the district, and tries to paint her as insufficiently supportive of women's health, at the behest of insurance industry donors.(2)
Representative Nan Hayworth raised $467,599 for her re-election campaign in the second quarter, and has more than $1.4 million in cash on hand to defend the House seat she won in 2010.
Hayworth is running in a swing district against Sean Patrick Maloney, who won the Democratic primary last month, despite not having lived in the district until recently.
“These numbers demonstrate what we’ve suspected all along: that citizen-legislators with long-standing, local roots attract supporters, while candidates who have never lived, worked, or raised a family in the district have a more difficult time," said Michael Knowles, a spokesman, in a release touting the numbers.(1)
In her first ad of the campaign, Representative Nan Hayworth is touting her roots in the Hudson Valley.
Hayworth is facing re-election for the first time in the swing district she won narrowly in 2010, and the spot emphasizes that she's been there for awhile, as the daughter of World War II veterans who put herself through college by working at a steel mill before establishing a opthamological practice.
The W.F.P. already endorsed candidates for two seats currently held by Democratic council members who the party doesn't entirely support. [Colin Campbell]
New York has eight congressional seats in play this fall. Also, Rep. Steve Israel: "As a result of redistricting, there’s no longer any such thing as a safe Republican in New York."[Kate Nocera]
Sean Patrick Maloney's team: Jennifer Cunningham (media); Ed Peavy (mail); Jef Pollock (polling); Allen Nesbitt (research); Timothy Persico (campaign manager).
Though the New York Times imprematur can be crucial in competitive local Democratic primaries, it doesn't appear to have played a meaningful role in any of yesterday's congressional races, in which three of the paper's five chosen candidates won.
Ed Koch said Charles Barron "can be very charming, but so can a snake." [Yeshiva World]
Flashback: Peter Vallone Jr. once said Barron was "dangerous" because he is, personally, so "charming." [Capital](1)
1199 SEIU, the largest union in New York, announced it is putting its support behind Representatives Charlie Rangel of Harlem and Nydia Velazquez of Brooklyn, two incumbents facing strong primary challenges.
Rangel fended of a crowded field of competitors two years while he was being investigated for ethics violations in the House. But his district has been redrawn to become less African-American and majority Hispanic, and he looks to be facing stiffer competition than last time, with a challenge from Dominican-American State Senator Adriano Espaillat.