In response to those reports, Silver released a statement calling on Lopez to voluntarily resign. Governor Andrew Cuomo went further, urging the Assembly to expel Lopez. Then, after all that, Silver released a statement saying he would call for that expulsion vote Monday. Politically, the move is meant to expel Lopez as much as it is to inoculate Silver from further criticism.
"Now," Obama says, "is the time" to do something about the media shield law Senator Chuck Schumer was pushing for earlier. [Reid Pillifant]
Anthony Weiner will basically be his own campaign manager and strategist. [Reid Pillifant]
Headline: "Another court decision puts Bloomberg's taxi legacy in doubt" [Dana Rubinstein]
At 2:30 this afternoon, Bill Thompson's lead consultant, Jonathan Prince, wrote:
But attacking Thompson for having ties to D'Amato is problematic.
Other Democrats have taken donations and accepted D'Amato's support publicly, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
State Senator Daniel Squadron's consultants predict he could have more than $1 million than his competitors in the public advocate's race to help him reach voters heading into the September primary, according to a campaign memo they are circulating to supporters.
For today's Video Briefing, here's the story of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, courtesy of the reporters who cover him, and the women who use to work for him.
There are no criminal charges after an investigation of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, but plenty of lurid details of questionable behavior.
He asked another woman working for him on a trip to Russia: "One drinking partner, one train car, one bed — yes or no?" A fourth woman said he pried her legs open and forced his hand along her inner thigh "all the way up."
Christie is better known that Cuomo, and Cuomo has the power to change that whenever he wants.