Here And Now
Carl Paladino’s adviser, Tea Party activist Rus Thompson, has a drunk driving conviction under a different name. (He also was charged with damaging a vehicle in a hit-and-run and driving without a license).
Thompson’s not the only member of the Paladino campaign with a checkered past. Said campaign manager Michael Caputo, who ran afoul of the IRS and still owes back taxes: “This is a campaign of junkyard dogs, not pedigreed poodles.”
A DN-Marist poll found the number of people who say they find Carl Paladino unfit to be governor is increasing as more New Yorkers get to know him. (Thanks in no small part to the Democrats).
Paladino will be in Albany this afternoon to pursue the Conservative Party line vacated by his former GOP primary foe, Rick Laizo. He’ll speak at the Business Council annual meeting at the Sagamore tonight.
AG Andrew Cuomo, sitting for his first upstate TV interview of this election cycle, insisted the campaign is just two weeks old. (That RV tour? Oh, THAT! Just a warm-up).
Michael Goodwin says a nervous Cuomo has retreated and picked the Democratic base over reform.
The AG has indeed returned his attention to the base after wooing Republicans and independents over the summer.
Nate Silver gives Paladino just a 2 percent chance of beating Cuomo in November.
The reported plea deal from former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi in Cuomo’s ongoing pay-to-play pension fund probe is not yet soup.
“A Hevesi conviction would be a feather in Cuomo’s cap, as the Democratic candidate for governor seeks to convince voters that he’s the man to clean up the state’s dysfunctional government,” Fred Dicker and Carl Campanile write.
The fate of financier Steve J. Rattner in Cuomo’s investigation remains unclear.
Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson has adopted Cuomo’s “shared responsibility” mantra when it comes to labor unions.
Cuomo chose to launch his economic development plan on Paladino’s home turf.
The AG has broken his silence on Paladino and is now talking about him – a lot.
Lifted by the Paladino factor, Erie County Republicans are declining cross-endorsements in judgeships this year.
The campaign ads in this cycle are overwhelmingly negative.
Gov. David Paterson appointed the (maybe ex?) New Jersey girlfriend of his top aide, Clemmie Harris, to a new $165,000-a-year post that was created by a law Harris (named in David Johnson domestic violence mess) helped write.
An apt summation of the state comptroller contest: “(T)he question may come down to this: which do voters dislike more, Albany or Wall Street?”
Also, just what is a comptroller, anyway? And is that really the way it’s supposed to be spelled?
Republicans agree with Rep. Charlie Rangel that his trial on ethics charges should take place sooner rather than later.
New York would see its clout diminish considerably if the Republicans take back the House.
The DN calls on Congress to pass the Zadroga bill today.
A new series of Siena polls gives the GOP an edge in four key state Senate races.
Money can’t always buy you success in New York politics.
Mayor Bloomberg is a big fan of keeping statistical data – as long as the numbers aren’t “quotas.”
The mayor said “Superman”, the documentary about the nation’s failing public school system, “tugged at my heart.”
The Bloomberg administration wants to invest $1.5 billion over the next 20 years in a greener sewage overflow system for the city.
NYC’s long-delayed computerized timekeeping and payroll system, which Bloomberg once described as a “disaster”, is moving forward under an agreement approved by Comptroller John Liu.
Bloomberg won’t be weighing in on the Gillibrand-DioGuardi race.
Making campaign contributions to Assemblyman/Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Vito Loepz can be quite lucrative.
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