Nov 1st - 2:11 pm
Tony Adamis, managing editor of the Kingston Freeman, forwarded the paper’s endorsement editorial to me with with the following note: “FYI, for first time in decades, (the) Freeman did not endorse Hinchey.”
That, of course, would be veteran Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey, who’s running for his tenth term in NY-22.
The paper has been at war with the congressman for some time over his interest and involvement in the Partition Street Project in Saugerties.
The battle peaked when Hinchey told the Freeman correspondent responsible for most of that coverage, William J. Kemble, to “shut up” prior to a debate earlier this month and may or may not have put his hand on Kemble’s throat.
The paper didn’t mention that incident in its editorial, writing:
Nov 1st - 1:34 pm
Here’s a mailer I received this morning at my abode in Upstate America that was paid for by the Republican National Committee.
It’s just a general “vote Republican” mailer. (I’m a blank, and so the GOP is targeting the all-important independent swing voting bloc that pollsters expect will again make the difference in any number of races this year). I haven’t received any DNC mail, and my Greene County mailbox has been stuffed to the brim with lit. Anyone out there getting national Dem mail?
The front features photos of President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the main focus is jobs, as in “where are they?”
Nov 1st - 1:29 pm
Another Working Families Party video from actor Matt Damon, this time reminding New Yorkers who want to vote on Row E of the dangers of so-called “double voting.”
Leaders of the WFP and Conservative parties are very worried about losing their respective ballot lines by missing the 50,000 mark in the governor’s race tomorrow as a result of the state Board of Elections’ inability to fix the glitch that lets the electronic machines accept ballots where voters have selected the same candidate on multiple lines.
In these cases, the board will be counting only the first vote, which benefits the major parties that appear at the top of the ballot.
The WFP and Conservative Party tried to get a pre-Election Day temporary injuction, but a judge refused to hear the case until after Nov. 2, which doesn’t really help their cause.
Nov 1st - 12:23 pm
The Post’s Fred Dicker reported this morning about a last-minute cash infusion that enabled Manhattan Madam/Kristin Davis go up on the air with a variety of pro-pot, pro-gambling and pro-gay marriage TV ads to boost her gubernatorial candidate on her self-created Anti-Prohibition line.
Davis refused to tell Dicker where the money – somewhere between $40,000 (her figure) and $60,000 (the Democrats’ estimate) – came from, but a quick perusal of the 24-hour notice list was quite instructive.
Davis’ campaign manager, Roger Stone, who is also an unpaid advisor to Carl Paladino’s campaign, contributed $16,000 to Davis on Oct. 30.
Some outfit called Potomic gave her campaign $18,000 on the same day. A quick Google search turned up nothing on the Florida-based entity, but it just so happens to be located at 401 E. Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale.
That’s was also the address of the firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, with which Stone has a long-standing connection. (One partner, Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein, pleaded guilty in January 2010 to stealing $1.2 billion and was was sentenced in June 2010 to 50 years in prison).
UPDATE: Another $11,000 contribution from Potomic to Davis’ campaign just popped up on the state Board of Elections Website. So that brings the total of Stone-related cash to $49,000.
On Oct. 29, Drake Ventures gave Davis $4,000. That’s the name of Stone’s PR firm, which is also based in Fort Lauderdale and located at – you guessed it – 401 E. Las Olas Blvd. Davis’ campaign manager, Andrew Miller, according to the Times, has a cellphone associated with Drake Ventures.
An interesting aside, Davis’ campaign committee is called “Friends of Kristin Davis,” which, as is noted on the 24-hour notice list, is FOKD for short. Get it?
Nov 1st - 11:45 am
Here’s GOP state comptroller candidate Harry Wilson’s TV ad touting his “clean sweep” of the three major downstate daily newspapers – a hat trick his campaign maintains has never before been accomplished by a Republican statewide candidate (that’s clarified, as per the commentor).
Wilson spokesman Bill O’Reilly notes the last time a challenger landed the support of this trio was in 1976 (it was Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and he beat James L. Buckley, the Conservative-Republican incumbent; the seat had not been held by a Democrat since the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968)
Wilson’s campaign announced this morning that he had received his 30th newspaper endorsement – from the Auburn Citizen, which has a fairly conservative editorial page, as these things go.
Although the GOP political newcomer had landed the lion’s share of newspaper endorsements, DiNapoli has received a few nods, most notably from his hometown paper, Newsday.
Wilson is also running dead tree ads that tout his upstate endorsements, but isn’t doing that on the air.
This weekend’s Siena poll that found the comptroller’s race to be a dead heat also showed Wilson is still trailing DiNapoli in the name recognition department. He recently added another $1.1 million of his own cash to the campaign kitty to fund a last-minute blitz.
The Wilson campaign is also doing robocalls, tele-town halls and a last-minute satellite tour today. We’ll know tomorrow if it was enough to put him over the top.
Nov 1st - 9:51 am
On the final day of campaigning, the Democratic candidates who are holding comfortable leads in the polls are lending a hand to some of their struggling party members.
Gubernatorial front runner Andrew Cuomo has 3 stops scheduled today, in
Rochester Buffalo, Albany, and in Long Island City. And with him for all 3 is the Democrat trying to replace him as Attorney General, Senator Eric Schneiderman.
Yesterday’s Siena Poll showed Schneiderman tied with Staten Island DA Dan Donovan at 44% each, with a good chunk of voters still undecided. In that same poll, Cuomo was up 25 points, so being seen with the projected winner might help sway some undecided voters to Schneiderman.
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is also tied in the latest Siena College poll with Republican Harry Wilson at 44% apiece. He’s hoping Senator Charles Schumer’s coattails will help him in the final days. The two are holding a joint event in Brooklyn tonight.
This morning DiNapoli was more focused on trying to get out the Democratic base. He greeted commuters at Harlem’s 125th Street subway stop, along with two prominent Black leaders. Former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson, and State Party Executive Director Charlie King. Later in the day, he will be endorsed by a Firefighter’s union, and hold a rally with Building Trades Association DC 9.
One person who isn’t helping DiNapoli in the final days is Andrew Cuomo. He dealt the Comptroller a setback yesterday when he told NY1′s Bobby Cuza that he is “officially neutral” in the race.
The coattails approach is also playing out in upstate Congressional Districts. President Bill Clinton made a campaign stop in Saratoga Springs today for Rep. Scott Murphy. But just as important for the freshman Democrat was the appearance of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. A recent Siena Poll found Murphy down 9 points in the race. But the same poll showed Gillibrand’s favorability above 60% in the district.
The junior senator remains popular among upstate voters, and is using that popularity to help 4 Democratic incumbents today. She has joint events planned with Rep. Bill Owens, Rep. Michael Arcuri, and Rep. Maurice Hinchey throughout the day.
Nov 1st - 8:52 am
Republican Carl Paladino sent supporters this extended video appeal in a final attempt to win votes for his longshot gubernatorial campaign.
The video is just over 13 minutes long and appears to have been shot in a coffee shop. (There’s a woman with a spiky blonde hairdo sitting just over the candidate’s shoulder who’s a little distracting).
Paladino’s message isn’t new, although at about the 5-minute mark, he talks about how his run was “mischievious and not too endearing an effort to do,” but he decided to do it anyway because he thought he would be able to “help people.”
He also speaks about having his son, Patrick, who was killed in a car accident in March 2009, “on my shoulder.”
“(W)ith him I could take on any challenger,” Paladino says, adding: “Nothing could hurt worse than losing my son.”
Nov 1st - 8:45 am
Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Andrew Cuomo sent out an e-mail appeal over the weekend for Rep. Scott Murphy, the upstate freshman who, according to Siena, is trailing his GOP challenger Chris Gibson by nine percentage points.
Cuomo appeared Saturday at rally in Saratoga County with Murphy, who holds Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s old House seat in NY-20. While the AG has endorsed and rallied for any number of Democratic candidates in the final days of the campaign, this is the first direct appeal on behalf of a candidate I’ve seen from him.
“The campaign for a New NY is about more than one issue, one candidate, or one election. It’s about a coalition of ordinary citizens working together to get our state back on track,” Cuomo wrote.
“But the reforms that New York urgently needs won’t just come from Albany. Our state must have fierce advocates in the U.S. Congress who are ready to step up and fight for New Yorkers. That’s why I endorsed Scott Murphy for NY’s 20th Congressional District.
“Scott has brought people together to create jobs, find solutions to our economic crisis, and pave the way to a better, brighter future. Now, Scott is facing a tough fight on Tuesday and needs your help during these last 48 hours. Please sign up to volunteer for Scott Murphy today. Help get out the vote for a good ally in the campaign for a New NY.”
“New York deserves a leader like Scott in Congress – and you can make sure we have one. I’m running for Governor to make our state great again, and I know that Scott will play a crucial role in building a New NY. You can do your part by standing with him on Tuesday.”
“Thanks for moving NY forward,”
“P.S. – Remember, every vote matters on Election Day. Please forward this email to your friends, family, and colleagues and ask them to join you in supporting Scott Murphy.”
Nov 1st - 8:19 am
SEIU 1199 upped the ante in the battle for the NYC suburbs in the final weeks of the campaign with a mail blitz that included a piece depicting GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino as Gordon Gekko from “Wall Street” and the party’s AG hopeful, Staten Island DA Dan Donovan, as the Buffalo businessman’s sidekick.
This particular mailer was part of a $200,000 independent expenditure to benefit multiple Democratic candidates backed by the health care workers union, including Donovan’s Democratic opponent, Sen. Eric Schneiderman; Reps. Tim Bishop (NY-1) and John Hall (Ny-19); Sen. Brian Foley and Senate hopefuls Michael Kaplowitz and David Carlucci.
All told, 1199 dropped four pieces of mail to help these candidates. The lit was sent to a combined total universe of 85,000 likely voters including Independence Party members, blanks/unaffiliated, Liberals, WFP and Greens as well as targeted infrequent Democratic voters.
The union wasn’t the first to spoof off “Wall Street” this election cycle. That honor goes to the Paladino campaign, which put state Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long in the Gekko role and then-gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio as the Shia LaBeouf character.
Nov 1st - 7:54 am
The new electronic voting machines will be put to the test tomorrow. (Primary Day didn’t go so well, as you’ll recall).
Andrew Cuomo deflected the mandate question, noting a candidate only needs “one point” to win.
The NYT went trick-or-treating at the homes of the major party candidates for governor.
“God is good that he gave us such a self-evident clown as a Republican candidate,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler at a Democratic GOTV rally.
Former Gov. George Pataki ducked the Paladino question at a Harry Wilson event.
This was spotted by trick-or-treaters in the West Village yesterday.
Mayor Bloomberg’s fortunes in Albany might be about to change as the polls show three statewide candidates he has endorsed are poised to win tomorrow.
The AG and state comptroller races are both dead heats, according to Siena.
LG hopeful Bob Duffy says he looks forward to casting a tie-breaking vote in favor of gay marriage.