Oct 12th - 12:06 pm
The latest Web video from the state Democratic Party is a highlight reel of some of GOP/Conservative gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino’s more memorable – and controversial – statements, dating all the way back to 2008, when the Buffalo businessman said the local school superintendent had been hired only because he was black.
Oct 12th - 11:44 am
GOP/Conservative NY-1 congressional hopeful Randy Altschuler has won the coveted support of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose endorsement is one of the hottest things going in the GOP this election cycle.
“America needs individuals like Randy Altschuler serving in Congress and that’s why I am endorsing him today,” Christie said in a statement released by Altschuler’s campaign.
“Randy Altschuler is not a professional politician; he’s a husband, a father, a successful self-made businessman and a citizen who is sick and tired of the direction our nation is headed and has decided to do something about it.”
“Randy Altschuler believes in cutting taxes and cutting spending, because he knows that’s the stimulus plan our nation really needs. Unlike the professional politicians in Washington, Randy is a proven job creator; he’s created over 700 jobs for hardworking Americans.”
“His business skills, his fiscal conservatism and his common sense will make him a vocal advocate for true reform in Congress and that’s why I’m endorsing him today.”
Christie is on tap to headline a fundraiser (along with Mayor Bloomberg and others) to benefit Staten Island DA Dan Donovan’s AG bid, but this is his first general election New York endorsement that I can recall.
This comes on the heels of the news that VP Joe Biden will be in New York later this month to host a fundraiser for Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop.
Internal polls must be showing this race tightening considerably, because that’s the most obvious explanation for all this sudden attention being showered on thie Suffolk County district.
Oct 12th - 10:28 am
More bad news for Congressional Democrats in upstate New York. The NRCC is about to make Ann Marie Buerkle a Young Gun, part of their top tier of candidates running for office this year.
“Ann Marie Buerkle has demonstrated that she’s the type of independent leader Central New York needs,” a GOP source told SoP. “Unlike Dan Maffei who has voted party-line on more spending, higher taxes and big government, Buerkle will fight for job creation and fiscal responsibility.”
The news comes one day after President Clinton’s appearance with Congressman Dan Maffei in Syracuse, which is a sign Democrats are also concerned that this race has tightened.
Maffei has been trying to link Buerkle to Sarah Palin, who endorsed her earlier this year. Buerkle, in turn, has been hitting Maffei for his ties to Rep. Charles Rangel., Maffei was a staffer for the Harlem Democrat, and Rangel has raised money for Maffei in the past.
Oct 12th - 9:57 am
Here is another sign that veteran Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey might be in trouble. Former New York City Mayor, and Democrat, Ed Koch will be endorsing Hinchey’s Republican opponent George Phillips tomorrow.
The Phillips campaign just put a press advisory announcing two events, one in Kingston and one in Newburgh. The release goes on to say the primary reason for the endorsement is foreign policy concerns, which I would assume would mean that Koch takes issue with Hinchey’s votes on issues relating to Israel, which are detailed in this article by the conservative blog HotAir.com.
This all comes just one day after President Clinton stumped for Hinchey in Binghamton. A recent report by the NY Post suggested that Republicans have internal polling showing Hinchey within single digits, and below the magic 50% mark.
Oct 12th - 8:42 am
Here’s a brief clip from my interview last night with the New York State Catholic Conference’s spokesman Dennis Poust, who chastised (albeit gently) the Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner, Andrew Cuomo, for his recent spate of politicking at black churches in NYC.
“If we hosted Andrew Cuomo or Carl Paladino at one of our churches, we’d be probably sued….In any other church or a synagogue or anyplace else and it seems to be OK, but if we host a candidate in the Catholic Church, it suddenly becomes a media story,” Poust told me.
I suggested that perhaps people are paying more attention to the Catholic Church due to its spate of scandals over the past decade or so. But Poust rejected that, saying he sees a double-standard – in his words, “anti-Catholicism” – at play.
“People, you know, want to hold us to a standard that’s different than other religions and the Constitution doesn’t allow that. They should be treating us equally.”
“Andrew Cuomo shouldn’t be standing up in the pulpit of a black church in Brooklyn and getting endorsed from the pulpit. That’s shouldn’t be. That’s unconstitutional. We don’t do it.”
To be clear, visits by candidates to religious institutions – particularly black churches – are a time-honored tradition in New York and elsewhere, and generally they don’t include a formal endorsement, which would, of course, put nonprofit status in danger.
But praise from religious leaders generally indicates at least tacit support, which I’m sure isn’t lost on congregants.
Poust and I also discussed Paladino’s recent anti-gay comments and his claim that his position his in line with that of the Catholic Church, as well as the role the issue of abortion rights is playing in this year’s campaigns. The full interview is on-line here.
UPDATE: Poust reminded me of this recent Times story about “politicians in the pews,” which includes the following line regarding Cuomo’s recent visit to Brown Memorial Baptist Church:
“The church’s pastor, the Rev. Clinton M. Miller, quickly encouraged congregants to vote for Mr. Cuomo. Congregants clapped politely, if warily, as if their hands were a tad callused from the parade of politicians.
…which certainly sounds like a direct endorsement from a man of God….just for the record.
Oct 12th - 8:35 am
Which surrogate is stronger in Queens: America’s Mayor or the Sheriff of State Street? We’re about to find out.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has weighed in on the 26th AD race, endorsing Republican candidate (and former Giuliani administration staffer) Vince Tabone in the battle for the seating being vacated by retiring Assemblywoman Ann-Maraget Carrozza.
“Vince has the experience we need to revitalize our economy by promoting small business growth, creating good-paying jobs and providing real middle-class tax relief and economic opportunity,” Giuliani said in a statement released by Tabone’s campaign, which also included a photo of the candidate and his ex-boss at a recent fundraiser at the Grand Havana Club in Manhattan.
“…“I know Vince will take his knowledge, experience and dedication with him to the State Assembly. I will be encouraging my friends, neighbors and family members to vote for Vince Tabone this November 2nd.”
Tabone, executive VP of the Queens GOP and an employee of John Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group, is running against Democrat Ed Braunstein, who won a four-way primary on Sept. 14 to land Row A.
Braunstein is a former aide to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and nephew of Albany lobbyist Brian Meara and NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s chief of staff, Chuck Meara.
Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Andrew Cuomo, who hails from Queens, quietly supported Braunstein during the primary. That was one of only two pre-primary endorsements made by Cuomo. The other went to Francisco Moya, a former aide to then-Senate Minority Leader David Paterson who successfully scuttled ex-Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s quest to return to Albany.
Oct 12th - 8:22 am
Further proof that ethnic politics is alive and well in New York…Staten Island DA Dan Donovan is playing up his Polish roots in hopes of wooing that segment of voters, telling the Polish Daily News in an interview last week:
“I think the Polish community would be proud to have a person in the attorney general’s office who has common blood with them.”
“…“I don’t think people should vote for me just because I’m Polish. I think…people from all over ought to vote for me because of my experience and background and independence.”
The interview is actually IN Polish, although it doesn’t appear the Republican AG contender speaks the language. His mother is third generation Polish-American; her maiden name is ‘Bolewicz’.
According to Feet in Two Worlds, which is based at The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs and produces stories by reporters with immigrant roots, 18,405 Staten Island residents claimed Polish ancestry in the 200 Census. In all of New York State there were almost 1 million.
The story includes this interesting nugget:
“(Donovan) also declared himself a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.”
“He is an opponent of Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070, and vowed to prosecute those responsible for a series of recent attacks on Mexican immigrants on Staten Island.”
Immigration reform is one of the pet issues of Donovan’s biggest booster, Mayor Bloomberg, who also made a point of focusing on the city’s extensive and diverse network of ethnic media outlets during his successful 2009 bid for a third term.
Bloomberg’s advisors – most notably his campaign manager, Bradley Tusk – are running Donovan’s AG bid.
Oct 12th - 7:53 am
“Cuomo’s secret weapon is crazy Carl,” said political consultant Joseph Mercurio.
Carl Paladino refused to back down from his condemnation of gay pride parades, which he called “disgusting” and inappropriate venues for young children.
Paladino said Cuomo’s decision to march with his daughters in the Manhattan Gay Pride Parade “displayed his lack of interest in being a good father.”
Here’s an invitation Paladino is unlikely to accept.
Nick Confessore examines the mutually beneficial relationship between Paladino and Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who dreams of creating an “Orthodox Tea Party.”
Levin coined the phrase “Sodom on the Hudson.”
Told his fellow statewide Republican candidates were running from him, Paladino replied: “So what?”
Paladino’s unofficial advisor, Roger Stone, said he’s “very disappointed” with Paladino’s verbal attacks on gays and insisted he didn’t advise the candidate to do anything of the sort.
The Internal Revenue Service filed a $405,035 lien for unpaid income taxes against Stone and his wife last fall.
Paladino said he would gladly hire gays to work in high level posts in his administration.
The gay nephew Paladino keeps referencing works for the Buffalo businessman’s campaign and declined interview requests from the DN and WSJ.
Oct 12th - 6:59 am
First the former president, now the sitting vice president.
The Democrats must be concerned about Rep. Tim Bishop, who is facing off against GOP/Conservative businessman Randy Altschuler, the winner of a three-way Republican primary on Sept. 14 against George Demos and Chris Cox.
(UPDATE: A Bishop aide says the Biden event has been in the works since February – long before the Democrats knew who the congressman would be facing in the general election – and thus isn’t a reflection on whether the race is tightening).
Below you’ll find the details – to the extent any are available at the moment – of the fundraiser for Bishop that will be headlined by VP Joe Biden later this month. (Thanks reader).
If I’m not mistaken Bishop was the first New York congressman to receive a visit from the former president in this election cycle, too. That event took place way back in May.
SAVE THE DATE
FOR A RECEPTION WITH SPECIAL GUEST
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
TO BENEFIT THE CRUCIAL RE-ELECTION OF CONGRESSMAN TIM BISHOP
New York’s First District
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
New York City
VIP TICKET $2,400 Per Person
$1,000 Per Person
Oct 11th - 5:36 pm
Rudy Giuliani thinks Paladino should apologize for his “highly offensive” anti-gay remarks.
Mayor Bloomberg, an Andrew Cuomo backer, said Paladino’s comments are “not what America stands for and it’s not what New York stands for, and I won’t dignify it with anything else.”
Azi Paybarah has a copy of Paladino’s prepared remarks from yesterday, which he did not deliver in their entirety.
Jimmy Vielkind wonders if Paladino is being managed, and if so, by whom.
Paladino said he has had “difficulty” determining whether being gay is a choice.
A staffer from NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s office is on leave to help the Cuomo campaign with LGBT outreach.
The state Democratic Party released a new anti-Harry Wilson web video that ties him, yet again, to Wall Street.
Wilson’s campaign released a new “Albany Tom” TV ad that does not mention the pay-to-play investigation in which DiNapoli has been cleared by Cuomo.
NYC Councilwoman Debi Rose will endorse Rep. Mike McMahon, whose aide she defeated last fall. (No link).
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney endorsed Matt Doheny in NY-23, lauding the Republican congressional hopeful’s “hard work and impressive experience.”
Actor and hydrofracking opponent Mark Ruffalo endorsed Sen. Eric Schneiderman for AG.
FactCheck.org says ex-Gov. George Pataki’s Revere America ads make “several false and unsubstantiated claims.
The Baltimore Sun cheers from afar for Bloomberg’s proposed ban on letting people buy soda with food stamps.
A Revere America ad running in New Hampshire is the subject of an FEC complaint.
Rep. Eliot Engel faced an unfriendly crowd at a recent candidates forum.
Another negative ad in the 44th SD.