Jun 8th - 10:06 am
Democrats are circulating an independent analysis of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s twitter habits, which shows the embattled Brooklyn Democrat often posted after hours and communicated frequently with young women.
The report summarizes:
This report identifies patterns of behavior in Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account, including where, when, and how he tweeted, and to whom he most frequently tweeted. Overall, a pattern of tweeting during non-business hours and to young women emerged.
It would appear both Democrats and Republicans are starting to go beyond just smelling blood in the water on this one.
The New York Times reported today that House Democrats are distancing themselves from Weiner, who admitted earlier this week to sending lewd photos over twitter and social networking sites. The Times also reported that Democrats have approached Councilman Eric Gioia about running for the seat.
Granted, all this could be moot if redistricting eliminates Weiner’s district entirely.
Jun 8th - 9:23 am
Matt Walter, a longtime NYS GOP operative who got his start working for the Senate Republicans, has a new job: Political director of the Republican State Leadership Committee.
Politico reported Walter’s hiring in the “Morning Score” today, calling him a “veteran of one of 2010’s tougher state legislative campaigns.”
“Walter was a consultant to the RSLC’s effort to take back the New York state Senate last November, which very narrowly succeeded,” allen continued. “He’s a former executive director of the New York Republican Party and Rick Lazio campaign manager, and the RSLC says he’ll ‘play a key role in directing all RSLC political expenditures, expected to exceed $21 million for the cycle.’
“The RSLC – along with its Democratic counterpart, the DLCC – has already run ads in Wisconsin ahead of the state Senate recall campaigns this summer. RSLC president Chris Jankowski: ‘Matt is an experienced political professional who is ready to continue the RSLC’s groundbreaking success and take the point for the Committee’s efforts electing Republicans to state office across the country.’”
NYS GOP watchers will recall that Walter was brought in to run the Lazio campaign following a staff shake-up that ousted Kevin Fullington. The change didn’t save Lazio from getting trounced in the GOP primary by Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who went on to lose big to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the November general election.
Walter got his start in former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno’s press shop. He then went to work at the state GOP when Bruno’s ally, Nassau County GOP Chairman Joe Mondello, took over.
Walter eventually rose to the position of executive director, but was bounced from that post by Tom Basile when Ed Cox beat the GOP establishment candidate, former Niagara County GOP Chairman Henry Wojtaszek, to take control of the state party. Cox kept Walter on, but he was largely sidelined.
The RSLC is headed by former Rep. Tom Reynolds and former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie. The committee dropped about $1 million to help the Senate GOP in its quest to take back the majority last fall.
Jun 8th - 9:12 am
Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, an Upper East Side Democrat, was calling allies and party leaders last night to inform them that he plans to resign his seat within the next several weeks to accept a job with the Cuomo administration, according to sources with knowledge of the legislator’s plans.
Contacted via email this morning, Bing refused to confirm or deny his imminent departure, saying: “I can’t comment at the moment; sorry.”
Bing, who was first elected in 2002 to represent Manhattan’s 73rd AD, will be a deputy commissioner at what used to be known as the state Insurance Department, in charge of running the Liquidation Bureau. (As you’ll recall, the Insurance Department was recently merged with the Banking Department to create the uber Department of Financial Services, which is going to be run by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff, Ben Lawsky).
It’s a little curious why Bing, who had been considered a top contender for Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s seat (should she ever leave or lose it), is leaving for a deputy post in the executive branch when other Assembly colleagues have been rewarded with bigger titles.
Former Brooklyn Assemblyman Darryl Towns, for example, is Cuomo’s housing czar. Former Utica-area Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito is OGS commissioner.
An Assembly source said Bing has been talking about landing a job with Cuomo for months now. He ran afoul of the UFT last year by supporting the repeal of LIFO. That landed him a primary challenge from a NYC high school teacher, and also won him the support of Mayor Bloomberg (he’s a constituent).
Bing successfully won re-election, but permanently damaged his relationship with the teachers union – and likely its labor allies in the Working Families Party – making it potentially difficult for him to seek higher office.
Bing won’t likely resign until after the session ends on June 20, and potentially won’t depart until next month. I’m told the frontrunner for his seat is Community Board 8 member Dan Quart, who unsuccessfully ran for NYC Council in 2005.
Once Bing does resign, there will be five vacant seats in the Assembly chamber. (Aside from Destito and Towns, two former Queens members – Nettie Mayersohn and Audrey Pheffer – have also resigned). So far, the governor has called no special elections.
It’s possible that he will simply wait until the already scheduled elections this fall, ostensibly to save money for the local boards of elections. It’s an off political year, so turnout will likely be light in most cases, although there are a number of county executive races going on in some parts of the state.
UPDATE: A Democratic source familiar with Bing’s new job took issue with my characterization of it, writing:
” This move was based heavily on family considerations – wife and young child at home, etc. Also, this position is huge – it’s executive, directly reports to Lawsky, runs the dept and it’s an area of expertise and, most signigificantly, it’s NYC. No travel to Albany (Destito and Towns have to be in Albany). This has absolutely nothing to do with UFT/LIFO/etc.”
UPDATE2: Now there’s an official announcement. Bing’s new title will be “special deputy superintendent of the NY Liquidation Bureau. The text of the press release appears in full after the jump.
Jun 8th - 8:45 am
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart mocked Rep. Anthony Weiner’s tearful press conference, switching from bottled water to alcoholic beverages mid-confession and taking full responsibility for merely glancing over the event on Monday’s show.
“I acknowledged a personal friendship with the congressman and yet expressed my belief that he was not being honest, and that if the worst of his allegations were true, he should resign,” Stewart said.
“…I brought pain to people I care about. My staff, my audience…I did not explicitly state that I thought Mr. Weiner had been deceitful last night, that he was a liar and that I believed his pants to be on fire – although luckily for the congressman, it appears that he has a fire safety system on board. Anyway, for these reasons, unlike the congressman, I have decided to step down.”
Jun 8th - 8:26 am
Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, spent Monday night at a Manhattan hotel after having dinner with her family. He returned home to Queens Tuesday – alone.
Abedin departed last night for a weeklong trip to Africa with her longtime boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Friends say she’s resolved to save her marriage.
Weiner called to apologize and explain himself to former President Clinton, who officiated at his wedding to Abedin last summer.
The Clintons are reportedly “deeply unhappy” with Weiner.
Michael Goodwin says: “Any official who uses his political notoriety to send naked pictures of himself to strangers, then concocts a defense out of elaborate lies and false indignation, is too far off the beam to trust.”
Polls show New Yorkers have mixed feelings about whether Weiner should retain his House seat, but they don’t want him to be NYC mayor.
Mayor Bloomberg to Cindy Adams on Weiner: “Notice, nobody’s defended Anthony. Like Spitzer, he had no friends. Weiner should have owned up right away. But, listen, the public quickly forgets.”
Former Mayor Ed Koch says Bloomberg is leaning toward supporting NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn in 2013. His aides say he hasn’t made up his mind yet.
Lessons Abedin could learn from her boss, Clinton.
An influential Muslim leader advised Abedin, a practicing Muslim, to be “patient” with her husband.
Two House Democrats – neither from New York – are giving up campaign contributions from Weiner.
Newsday can overlook Weiner’s “creepiness”, but not his “bad judgment”.
The Watertown Times wants him out, too.
Donald Trump posted a YouTube video on Weinergate, saying: “The fact is, Anthony Weiner is a bad guy; he’s a psycho.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asked what he would say if Weiner called to seek advice, replied: “Call somebody else.”
Jun 7th - 8:00 pm
A NY1/Marist poll conducted just hours after Rep. Anthony Weiner’s bombshell press conference yesterday finds New Yorkers are actually fairly forgiving of elected officials acting badly – up to a point.
Fifty-one percent of NYC voters said they believe Weiner should not resign from Congress, which he has said he has no intention of doing – in spite of the clear message being sent by fellow Democrats that they would vastly prefer it if he would make himself scares. Thirty percent of those polled think the Queens Democrat should step down, while 18 percent were unsure.
When it comes to Weiner’s 2013 mayoral aspirations, well, that’s a different story altogether.
A majority of voters – 56 percent – do not want him to make a bid for the office, including a majority of Democrats. Twenty-five percent said he should go for it, even with all his newly-revealed baggage, and 19 percent were unsure.
“All of this spells trouble for Congressman Weiner and his political future,” said Marist pollster Lee Miringoff. “For voters, there are questions of judgment – never a winner for an office-holder.”
Slightly more than six in ten voters – 61 percent – said they believe Weiner’s behavior was unethical but not illegal, while 13 percent disagree and another 13 percent insist he did nothing wrong whatsoever.
Marist’s findings are not in keeping with a SurveyUSA poll, which found 46 percent of NYC voters think Weiner should resign, while 41 percent agree with his decision to remain in office.
Forty-six percent said it’s too soon to say if they would vote for or against Weiner in an election for mayor; while 43 percent would vote against him no matter who else is on the ballot. Just 11 percent are prepared to vote for Weiner if the election were to be held today – no matter who his opponent may be.
Jun 7th - 5:49 pm
Conservative Chairman Mike Long says his small, but powerful party apparatus is kicking into high gear to remind candidates seeking their endorsement that they won’t countenance support for same-sex marriage.
The Conservative Party will no longer endorse candidates who support same-sex marraige — making it all the more difficult for Senate Republicans who need the extra line in New York’s fusion balloting system to vote in favor of the measure and win re-election.
Only yesterday we notified all our members of the state executive committee our county leaders to ask them to go back to their legislators mainly to state senators, mainly how important this was. We knew they were getting ready to contemplate. It was getting closer for them to make a decision as to what they’re going to do and asked the leaders up and down the state of New York to reinforce our position and remind the legislators that we passed a resolution that is the state executive committee did saying very clearly that anyone who supports destroying traditional marriage will in fact not get the Conservative Party endorsement.
A good example is Yonkers mayoral candidate John Murtagh, a Republican who supports gay marriage. I’m told the local Conservative Party declined to give Murtagh the line Monday night.
Meanwhile, members of 1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers were in Albany to lobby legislators on the issue. In two was President George Gresham, who has ties to the Working Families Party, the union-backed, left-leaning party.
Interestingly, Gresham met with Democratic Sens. Joe Addabbo and Shirley Huntely, two Queens lawmakers who voted no in 2009, but are believed to be on the fence this year.
Gresham wouldn’t say if any of his WFP clout was a factor, but did say his union would be able to apply pressure.
I’m not a spokesperson for the WFP, but as far as 1199 is concerned, we don’t have permanent friends we have permanent interests. When you decide to vote in favor of something that helps our members we have a long memory.
Jun 7th - 5:21 pm
Nearly half of New Yorkers want Weiner to resign.
Potential 2013 NYC mayoral contender and NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn declined to opine on whether Weiner (once viewed as the frontrunner in that race) should step down.
Adman Jimmy Siegel imagines a Weiner rebooted ad campaign.
Part of the reason Democrats are so angry at Weiner is because they like his wife so much.
Weiner still has Matt Damon in his corner.
The congressman was once one of Cosmo’s “101 Gorgeous Real Life Bachelors” and speculated to be a presidential material.
Pre-scandal Weiner on his Twitter persona: “I know the risk. I’ve seen enough stories about the risk, and I’ve kind of kicked the line of the risk a couple of times.”
A feminist take on Weinergate.
None of this is Twitter’s fault.
Kevin McCullough gives Weiner props for yesterday’s press conference.
Is Assemblyman Fred Thiele untouchable by JCOPE because he’s an independent?
Hofstra University’s Alan Singer has a question for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A new report found hydrofracking would be a big boon to the upstate NY economy.
Congratulations to Joel Meares!
Jun 7th - 5:11 pm
Republicans haven’t yet had much success in their pressuring of 16 Democrats to give up campaign contributions from their scandal-scarred colleague, Rep. Anthony Weiner.
So far, just one member of the House minority, Ohio Rep. Betty Sutton, has heeded the GOP’s call and announced she’ll give the $1,000 she received from Weiner to charity.
If history is any guide, that number might increase as the House ethics probe into Weinergate called for by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gets underway and will grow still further if that investigation results in punishment.
For proof of that, look no further than the last major Democratic House scandal – the censure of Rep. Charlie Rangel. Many Democrats fell all over one another to rid themselves of his tainted cash.
Rangel was a much bigger campaign contributor to his fellow Democrats than Weiner, whose main goal was furthering his own political career. (Rangel, as you’ll recall, really wanted to help flip the House back into his party’s hands so he could chair the powerful Ways and Means Committee – a post he lost as a result of his own ethics scandal).
It bears noting, however, that Republicans didn’t have a problem keeping the campaign contributions from the last congressman felled by a shirtless photo of himself on the Internet: Former Rep. Chris Lee. In 2010, Lee gave $10,000 to 14 of his colleagues, mostly in donations of $500, with a few $1,000 checks sprinkled in for good measure. Four recipients were his fellow NY freshmen: Reps. Chris Gibson, Tom Reed, Ann Marie Buerkle and Nan Hayworth.
Of course, unlike Weiner, Lee didn’t stick around to see if he would be the subject of an ethics probe for his Craigslist scandal. He resigned the very day it broke and later offered to refund some campaign cash to donors.
Jun 7th - 4:14 pm
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Sen. Greg Ball, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano expressing concern over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision suspend New York’s involvement in the Secure Communities program.
Ball’s office says that,
“This program assists local law enforcement in identifying dangerous criminal illegal aliens. Under S-Comm, the fingerprints of everyone arrested and booked in New York are not only checked against FBI criminal history records, but they are also checked against DHS immigration records. If fingerprints match DHS records, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) determines if immigration enforcement action is required.”
But civil liberties and immigrant-rights groups have knock the program for its intrusion and questionable legality. Massachusetts was the most recent state to pull out of the program.
Ball himself has taken a staunch anti-illegal immigration stand, raising the issue in a campaign video last year.