Oct 14th - 9:01 am
GOP congressional candidate Matt Doheny is continuing to make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and issue in the NY-23 race, accusing his Democratic opponent, Rep. Bill Owens, of being married to the California Democratic leader.
A large cardboard photo of the happy “bride” and “groom” was prominently featured at an event where Doheny received the formal endorsement of the Upstate New York Tea Party. (H/T Newzjunky.com).
“It’s a marriage,” Dohney said. “Bill is going to go ahead and vote Nancy Pelosi for speaker, he’s going to vote with her every major piece of legislation that truly impacts, not only us in the 23rd, but also all over the country- we have to break that up.”
Yesterday’s Siena poll found 63 percent of NY-23 voters have an unfavorable view of Pelosi. The same poll showed Doheny trailing Owens by five percentage points when voters are told that his erstwhile GOP primary opponent, Doug Hoffman, is no longer running on the Conservative Party line (even though his name will still appear on the ballot).
The Republicans have been running ads in NY-23 accusing Owens of voting with Pelosi 93 percent of the time. This week, Owens debuted an ad to counter that claim, calling it a “lie” and insisting he actually has voted with House Minority Leader John Boehner 63 percent of the time.
The Republicans insist those numbers aren’t accurate. The Washington Post sought to shed a little clarity on the situation, noting the following:
According to Opencongress.org, Owens votes with his party 93 percent of the time. It is also true that Owens and House Minority Leader John Boehner have a 63 percent voting similarity.
But when you match Owens’s and Pelosi’s voting record, they only share an 83 percent similarity. So Owen’s and Doheny are both spinning the numbers – Owens in choosing not to mention that he votes with Pelosi 83 percent of the time and Doheny in claiming that the 93 percent voting similarity is with Pelosi as opposed to the Democratic party.
Oct 14th - 8:47 am
GOP/Conservative gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino is not alone in igniting a firestorm of criticism with anti-gay comments. An upstate GOP congressional candidate who says he’s an ally of the Buffalo businessman is finding himself in a similar situation.
Leonard Roberto, a Republican challenging Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins in the 27th CD, reportedly called homosexuality a practice condemned by God during a town hall meeting on Tuesday night.
The candidate said he had made his comments without knowing members of the media were in the room. Although he didn’t follow Paladino’s lead by apologizing, he did insist he’s not a “hatemonger” and claimed his words had been “tongue-in-cheek.”
(Rroberto) said he wants that known in an environment that expects people to be politically correct in an attempt to placate everyone.
Instead, he said he opposes gay marriage as a pastor based on his understanding of scripture. He said he is not “a hatemonger” adding God loves homosexuals but not homosexuality; (God) loves murderers, but not murder, Roberto said.
Roberto said he wants people to know his position instead of relying on ambiguities that surround social issues.
“Truth often offends people,” he said, adding the truth of his stance is homosexuality is not acceptable as people do not have the right to “corrupt themselves.” Roberto has aligned himself with gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino. Roberto said a political group he founded, Primary Challenge, has helped with Paladino’s petitions.
Oct 14th - 8:24 am
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign is hitting her GOP opponent, former Rep. Joe DioGuardi, hard over recent reports that federal investigators tied him to a firm, Medical Capital Holdings, that is accused of running a $1.7 billion Ponzi scheme.
A complaint filed with the SEC says MCH and its subsidiaries bilked investors out of $1 billion while sinking millions into a mega-yacht and a failed Hollywood film, “The Perfect Game”, starring Cheech Marin. The complaint referred to DioGuardi as an “old crony” of the firm’s officials.
From From 2007 to 2009, DioGuardi, who has been touting his experience as a CPA and saying he wants to bring a sharpened pencil with him to help cut waste in Washington, was paid $5,000 a month as a consultant for the subsidiary Medical Capital Corp. – and also got $16,000 a year to sit on boards of various other MCH subsidiaries.
This morning, the Democratic junior senator’s camp launched a new Website and released a Web video detailing the allegations against the former Westchester congressman, who defended himself to a YNN reporter during an upstate campaign swing yesterday.
“This is politics at its worst. What you read was a document on the SEC Website written by the receiver that’s about to be removed,” DioGuardi said. “…I wasn’t on the board of the company they’re talking about. I was a consultant to the company…and as a consultant I had no exposure to those companies. I was trying to keep hospitals open.”
“…What you’re looking at is a lie just to mislead you once again.”
Oct 14th - 8:06 am
Carl Paladino, who opposes abortion even in the cases of rape and incest, is a landlord for a Planned Parenthood in Niagara Falls that provides, among other things, the RU-486 pill, also referred to as “medical abortion.”
Paladino’s campaign manager insisted the candidate’s son’s decision to change a gay club in Buffalo to a straight bar was merely a “business decision” and not based in homophobia.
Democratic donor and former Obama “car czar” Steven Rattner is reportedly near a deal with the SEC that would temporarily ban him from the securities industry, but remains under investigation by AG Andrew Cuomo’s office.
Andrew Cuomo isn’t filling out endorsement questionnaires, preferring instead to write letters to the groups whose support he’s seeking.
Gov. David Paterson is poised to announce a deal in which SUNY Downstate Medical Center will take over the financially ailing Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn with the assistance of a $40 million state grant.
The governor has quietly given a parting gift to two of New York’s most powerful unions – CSEA and the UFT – by signing legislation that could add tens of thousands of dues-paying members to their ranks.
Paterson thinks history will be kind to him.
Mayor Bloomberg questioned the practicality of Paladino’s MTA proposal.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin said Paladino “folded like a cheap camera” in the face of the pressure and anger from his family and the LGBT community.
There’s a lot of jockeying for the Hasidic vote, even though it’s a relatively small slice of the electorate.
A WNY Website released more pornographic e-mails it claims Paladino forwarded.
Someone is Tweeting under the name of Paladino’s dog, Duke.
Oct 14th - 7:23 am
Rabbi Yehuda Levin appeared on “The Last Word” With Lawrence O’Donnell last night to defend himself in the wake of the Carl Paladino/anti-gay statement mess, and he continued to sound awfully supportive of the Buffalo businessman, despite the fact that he had just rescinded his endorsement several hours earlier.
Levin said he wrote one version of Paladino’s speech, but not the one that included the “brainwashing” line that caused the latest uproar. He said a “mysterious stranger” wrote that, adding that he has an “idea” about that person’s identity, but is keeping it a secret.
Levin rejected the suggestion that his comments or the words he wrote for the candidate incite violence, adding: “We are the victims; I haven’t seen an Orthodox Jew beating up on a homosexual, calling them the kinds of kinds that I’ve been receiving: F-you, pig, die – just because I’m standing up for my religion.”
When O’Donnell asked Levin about Paladino’s pornographic e-mails and how he could possibly support a person whose personal actions aren’t in keeping with his public pronouncements, the rabbi replied:
“I’d rather have a person – try to get this – I’d rather have a person who does all kinds of bad things in his private life but publicly, in terms of the legislation he will sponsor, will be a hypocrite, but will let my children grow up. And that’s the answer. It’s a million times more important. And by the way, a guy like that to carry the baby to term is one in a million. Everyone else – rich, wealthy – get rid of the evidence.”
New Jersey Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, an officer on the New York Board of Rabbis, who joined Levin on the show, said the controversial ultra-Orthodox rabbi “doesn’t represent the flavor of Judaism for me and for most of the Jewish people in the world.”
Oct 13th - 6:12 pm
Carl Paladino told Rabbi Yehuda Levin felt he had to apologize for his anti-gay statements because of his gay nephew. “He was receiving pressure from his family,” Levin said.
The Democrats are making fun of GOP Sen. Jim Alesi for saying he has “one of the hardest jobs on earth.”
VP Joe Biden says President Obama asked him to be on the 2012 ticket.
Asked for his thoughts on his soon-to-be-over time as governor, David Paterson replied: “I do think history will reflect that this was the right leadership for its time.”
They’re also hitting another Republican incumbent, Sen. Hugh Farley, on his stock holdings.
The Rev. Al Sharpton is roboing for the Paid Sick Leave bill.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said her successor, Hillary Clinton, is “very tough” and “doing a lot of the right things.”
MTA Chairman Jay Walder is staying out of the elections and hasn’t spoken to either gubernatorial candidate.
Andrew Cuomo talked property tax relief with some Rockland County residents.
Will Cuomo’s fiscal conservatism help Obama and the national Democrats’ pivot? Lanny Davis thinks so.
J Street is raising campaign cash for Reps. Dan Maffei and Gary Ackerman.
Cuomo will be at the ESPA fall gala after all.
Paladino’s daughter, Danielle, is acting as his surrogate at an Albany-area GOP Assembly candidate’s fundraiser.
Roger Stone is a fan of gay pride parades.
RFK Jr. says the Tea Partiers are “crackpots.”
Paladino makes a number of appearances on this chart of “politicians behaving badly.” (Why are we not surprised?)
Oct 13th - 5:32 pm
In one of the more novel applications of a campaign slogan I’ve seen in some time, the Planned Parenthood NYC Action Fund is hosting a bar crawl in Sen. Frank Padavan’s Queens district during which activists will be handing out free comdoms that urge voters to “protect” themselves from the veteran GOP lawmaker.
Padavan is pro-life and has consistently voted against legislation PPNYC supports, including the Women’s Health and Wellness bill and the Clinic Access and Anti-Stalking Act (he was one of just four state senators to vote “no”) and the Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Act.
The group plans to hit five bars and will kick the crawl at 8 p.m.
Padavan is being challenged this fall by former Democratic NYC Councilman Tony Avella. In 2008, he nearly lost a very tight race against Avella’s former colleague, NYC Councilman Jim Gennaro.
Oct 13th - 5:07 pm
GOP/Conservative gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino was trying hard to stay on message at a campaign stop in Boonville today, and more or less managed to do so at first, refusing to respond to questions about Rabbir Yehuda Levin’s disendorsement, for example, and insisting the anti-gay comment mess is now behind him.
Things were all going along just fine until he addressed a female reporter as “honey,” and then launched into a rejection of political correctness, saying it has been “used by people to control other people, and that’s not right.”
“I think people expect, the people of the state of New York expect, people to get out there and be genuine and say exactly what’s on their minds so we get to know them,” Paladino continued.
“Who’s the real person there, you know? I mean Andrew wants to stand around and say that he’s politically correct. I don’t need that. I don’t need it at all. That’s not where I come from.”
The same reporter then noted that some people think Paladino is homophobic and asked: “Would you say that’s the kind of person you are?”
” I tell you I’m off of that topic,” the Buffalo businessman reponded. “Do I look like that to you?”
Oct 13th - 4:33 pm
Ashley Dupre, or, if you prefer “Kristen” – the woman at the center of the “Client 9″ scandal that forced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer to resign in March 2008, is supporting Andrew Cuomo for governor.
“I’m actually for Cuomo. I am. He seems like the right choice for New York,” Dupre told Daily Intel at a benefit for the Caron rehabilitation center.
No word yet on whether Cuomo will be accepting this latest nod.
Dupre is a far sight more generous in her praise than Spitzer, who not long ago called Cuomo “the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there” on national TV, but also said he’ll be voting for his former political rival anyway.
Dupre also revealed she’s just “living like a normal girl”, but is thinking of writing a book that would be a “cautionary tale” to help other kids avoid making the same mistakes that she did. She’s also hoping to get married and have kids, and insists she doesn’t want fame.
Oct 13th - 3:56 pm
Speaking publicly for the first time since former Chief Judge Judith Kaye referred the Yankees tickets case to his office in late August for consideration of criminal charges against Gov. David Paterson, Albany County DA David Soares said today the matter is “still under review” and will be be addressed “very shortly.”
Soares was pretty terse on the topic, but did say the following:
“Thoroughness is absolutely important and the work that was done in terms of the investigation by Chief Judge Kaye was excellent work. It’s been referred to us and we have to complete what’s already been done.”
Of course, Soares has some issues of his own to worry about these days, and that might impact the timeline here. It’s entirely possible the mess will not be resolved until after Paterson leaves office at the end of December, just consider how long Troopergate dragged on…