Oct 26th - 10:57 am
In the wake of the Siena poll that showed him trailing Republican Chris Gibson by nine percentage points in NY-20, Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy’s campaign insisted his internal polling shows him with the slimmest of leads.
“Our campaign’s most recent internal polling from 4 days ago shows Scott with a 3 point lead, despite the 7 weeks of attacks by the now 6 outside groups – led by the likes of Karl Rove and Dick Morris.,” said Murphy campaign spokesman Josh Scherwin.
“This race remains about one thing: Who has the experience to help create jobs and help middle class families during tough economic times. Scott is a businessman with the experience necessary to do just that.”
The poll, on which no details were released (including how many voters were questioned, the methodology and the margin of error), was conducted by the Global Strategy Group. The firm also works for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and predicted her longshot victory over then-GOP incumbent Rep. John Sweeney in 2006.
Oct 26th - 10:08 am
NY1 just announced DN columnist and WWRL radio host Errol Louis will be my downstate colleague, filling the anchor desk on “Inside City Hall” that has been without a permanent occupant since the departure of Dominic Carter last year.
“NY1 prides itself on its comprehensive, tough, thought-provoking political coverage for New Yorkers interested in city and state politics. Since 1992, we’ve covered topics of political relevance from mayors Dinkins to Bloomberg, governors Cuomo to Paterson, and city, state, and national elections,” said Bernie Han, VP of News at NY1.
“The addition of veteran political journalist Errol Louis to our team is yet another example of our commitment to providing the best political coverage to our viewers.”
Prior to joining the News, Louis was Associate Editor of the New York Sun where he published columns from 2002 to 2004. He also won an award for commentary from the New York Association of Black Journalists, and is named the city’s Best Columnist & Radio Show Host in the current edition of the Village Voice.
Louis holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, a Master’s in Political Science from Yale, and a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Juanita Scarlett (a veteran politico herself, who works for Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Andrew Cuomo) and and their son, Noah Louis.
Oct 26th - 9:57 am
Former President Clinton, who is criss-crossing the nation in hopes of staving off a GOP tidal wave next Tuesday, will join Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Andrew Cuomo for a GOTV rally in Brooklyn tomorrow.
State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs and Executive Director Charlie King just sent out the following invite:
I am writing to extend a very special invitation.
This Wednesday President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will rally Democrats to Get Out and Vote in Brooklyn – and you’re invited!
Doors open at 3 pm at New York City College of Technology Klitgord Center at 285 Jay Street (near Tillary Street).
With just a week left until the Election, it’s time to show that Democrats are energized and ready to take on the challenges facing this state.
And there’s no one better to lead the charge than President Clinton and Andrew Cuomo, the next Governor of New York.
To reserve a spot, please send your name and the names of any other Democrats who will be joining you to RSVP@nydems.org. Full location and directions are below.
Onward towards victory.
Oct 26th - 9:54 am
Former Gov. Hugh Carey, whose leadership at the height of a fiscal crisis Andrew Cuomo is fond of citing as an example of how he hopes to govern if he’s elected next Tuesday, has formally endorsed the Democratic frontrunner.
“I am proud to endorse Andrew Cuomo for Governor,” said Carey in a statement released by the Cuomo campaign.
“What our State needs is a governor with character, experience and dedication to public service to bring this State forward. As we faced difficult times during my administration, we brought together the leadership and talent needed to overcome those challenging times. ”
“The bridge building Andrew can achieve is why I believe Andrew Cuomo as Governor can return New York to the Excelsior State! ‘Onward and Upward.’”
Carey crossed party lines to endorse former Republican Gov. George Pataki back in 2002 and was a regular guest at the ex-governor’s State of the State addresses. He returned to the Democratic fold to back Eliot Spitzer for governor in 2006.
Oct 26th - 9:47 am
Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Andrew Cuomo’s tough talk during an extended NYT interview published yesterday sent shock waves through the labor community, but not because of the AG’s thinly-veiled threats, which the unions have heard before.
What upset labor leaders was the timing of Cuomo’s remarks, which came just as unions (at least the ones that endorsed him for governor) are trying to kick their respective GOTV operations into high gear and convince their members to hit the streets – and the voting booth – for the Democratic ticket in the final week of the 2010 campaign.
“It’s the timing, it’s almost entirely the timing,” one labor insider told me late yesterday afternoon. “We’re trying very much to get people out and that’s just not helpful.”
“It’s going to really discourage folks from participating, which hurts the whole ticket. I mean, he’s going to win, but it hurts the Senate stuff and it hurts the congressional stuff. I think it was calculated, but I’m not sure what his end game is.”
Cuomo has made no secret throughout the campaign that he believes labor unions – particularly those that represent public employees – are going to be a target when and if he’s elected governor.
Oct 26th - 9:30 am
Today’s Siena poll of NY-20 finds Republican newcomer Chris Gibson has opened up a nine-point lead over Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy, thanks largely to the support of independent voters.
Gibson has reversed an early 17-point campaign deficit in the GOP-dominated congressional district and turned it into a 51-42 percent lead, the poll of likely voters found. (The enrollment stats: 124,561 Democrats, 186,735 Republicans, 110,659 independents or “blanks”).
As Siena’s Steve Greenberg put it, Republicans in the district have “come home” to Gibson, who had led by only 27 points and now leads by nearly 60 points among members of his own party. He has also won over independents, who had previously sided with Murphy by a nearly two-to-one margin.
Murphy’s favorable/unfavorable rating is evening split at 45-45 with 10 percent undecided, while Gibson’s is at 46-30, 24. Fifty-two percent of those polled said they would prefer the generic “someone else” over Murphy.
All of the negative ads running in the district, many of which are paid for by outside independent groups and seek to tie Murphy to the Democratic leadership in Washington, have taken their toll on President Obama’s popularity in NY-20. His rating is now 41-56 percent, down from 51-44 percent.
However, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who represented the district until she was tapped by Gov. David Paterson to fill Hillary Clinton’s vacant seat in the US Senate, remains popular there, 61-34.
Oct 26th - 9:24 am
If newspaper editorial pages are any indication, then the territory north of NYC has indeed become a real battleground in the AG race.
Sen. Eric Schneiderman and Staten Island DA Dan Donovan are duking it out for the support of the upstate and suburban newspapers, and are so far fairly closely divided.
The Republican DA landed the support today of The Buffalo News, which cited his independence from the Albany scene as a main reason behind its decision. He’s also got The Kingston Freeman, The Watertown Times and Newsday.
Oct 26th - 9:13 am
A candidate depicted as riding an alligator? Holy silly season.
Rep. Scott Murphy’s latest attack ad accuses his GOP opponent, Chris Gibson, as wanting to join the Washington Republicans and “feed on the middle class.” The visual: Gibson in a cowboy hat riding an alligator (or maybe a crocodile) through the fields (?!) surrounding the White House.
This race has taken a decidedly nasty turn over the past month or do – at least in the airways, which are clogged with ads paid for by both the campaigns and, particularly in Gibson’s case, outside interests including independent committees and the NRCC.
Siena is out with a poll of NY-20 that will be made public shortly and explain why this contest is so heated with just one week remaining until Election Day.
Oct 26th - 8:49 am
Here’s Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Andrew Cuomo a bit on the defensive during an upstate swing yesterday when he was asked by a reporter why, as the Times reports this morning, the upper echelons of his campaign are almost entirely dominated by men.
It’s no secret that Cuomo’s inner circle is a very macho place, and embodies the whole “politics as contact sport” approach employed with regularity in both New York and Washington, D.C. that many women find difficult to embrace.
The Times article does not mention the fact that the most senior woman in the AG’s realm was at one time lobbyist/consultant Jennifer Cunningham, is now concentrating her efforts on getting her ex-husband, Sen. Eric Schneiderman, (not Cuomo’s first choice for AG, although he quickly endorsed the senator after he won the Sept. 14 primary).
Here’s what Cuomo had to say when challenged on the apparent glass ceiling in his campaign (which, to be fair, also seems to exist in Carl Paladino’s campaign, although his unpaid chairwoman, former Erie County Comptroller Nancy Naples is, as Michael Caputo insited, “not window dressing”):
“Well, we have women in the campaign, too. And I think if you look at my hiring practices as attorney general and as at HUD, I pride myself on the diversity that I’ve attracted. I pride myself on the number of women in senior positions.
“And I’ve said this to the people of the state of New York, I’ll say it again: if I have the good fortune of being elected governor, the Cuomo-Duffy administration will be the most diverse administration in the history of the state of New York. We’ll have more women in senior positions than ever before. I think it’s a very important goal in the entire enterprise.”
we’ll have more women in senior positions than ever before
Oct 26th - 8:13 am
Gov. David Paterson on the misguided hope that comes with an election season: “The reality is that there’s that hope that springs eternal in the human breast, that somehow Albany’s going to change because one person got elected, and it’s just not true.”
Neither Carl Paladino nor Andrew Cuomo have many women in the upper echelons of their campaigns.
Cuomo and Paladino are playing a game of chicken with their tax returns, writes Jacob Gershman.
Paladino doesn’t think much of Cuomo’s father, saying: “I think one of the worst was Mario Cuomo. I mean, sure he could rip your heart out and make you cry. But he couldn’t manage a government.”
The Syracuse Post-Standard compares the gubernatorial candidates’ economic plans.
Cuomo’s much-vaunted government consolidation plan is not a big hit with voters.
Paladino may be trailing Cuomo statewide, but he’s far and away the winner in WNY.
Paladino now says his plan to cut state spending by 20 percent is “unrealistic.”
Can Cuomo succeed where Eliot Spitzer failed in out-maneuvering the Legislature?
Cuomo’s campaign slammed Paladino over his military record.
The DN thinks the ballot is “too damn full,” and is not a fan of Jimmy McMillan.