Oct 6th - 7:38 am
Andrew Cuomo’s campaign did not turn over a $35,000 contribution from Mott’s to striking workers as it initially claimed when questioned by the DN.
Cuomo called Assemblyman Vito Lopez (whom the AG’s office is reviewing in connection to a Brooklyn nonprofit) his “good friend” during a visit last weekend with Hasidic leaders.
If he becomes governor, Carl Paladino says he will work for free.
Roger Stone on Team Paladino: “I just think that they have gotten a little afield here and the campaign needs to dial back to Carl Paladino’s very specific issue prescription for the state. Any discussion of extramarital affairs, divorces, girlfriends – that’s not what voters want to hear. This state is in a death spiral.”
Paladino’s effort to make himself over into a kinder, gentler general election candidate faltered because “his inner junkyard dog kept slipping its leash,” writes Nick Confessore.
The latest target of Paladino’s ire: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Paladino is trying to morph from “mad-as-hell” to “regular guy from Buffalo.”
The regular (rich) guy didn’t do so well dealing with a regular employee, Tom Robbins finds.
The Post, which has been highly critical of Silver, protected him against Paladino, insisting the speaker “is not a criminal.”
Cuomo called on Paladino to either substantiate his claims against Silver or not make them.
Oct 5th - 5:57 pm
Donald Trump is “seriously” considering a run for president for the first time in his life.
Bob Woodward says an Obama-Clinton ticket is “on the table” for 2012.
It’s back to the (solar-powered) future at the White House.
Public Policy Polling says the governor’s race is Andrew Cuomo’s to lose.
Even Gov. David Paterson piling on Carl Paladino now.
Joe DioGuardi is out with a bio spot.
The National VFW PAC endorsed Rep. Scott Murphy in NY-20.
Paladino has a lengthy list of media enemies.
Jay Townsend has a cardboard cutout of his opponent, Sen. Charles Schumer.
Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. got a shout-out from Perez Hilton.
Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Warren Redlich has an ad.
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright is not raising money for Rep. Tim Bishop today.
Mayor Bloomberg vs. the NYC Board of Elections. Again.
Albany raided the MTA. Again.
NARAL Pro-Choice NY endorsed the Paid Sick Leave bill.
Oct 5th - 5:28 pm
Since we’re on the topic today of attacks by Carl Paladino on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today, a reader forwarded this video of the Buffalo businessman engaging in some Silver-basing during a Sept. 25 meeting with ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Yehuda Levin, founder of Congregation Mevakshei Hashem in Brooklyn.
Levin, who is vehemently anti-abortion and anti-gay rights, defended Paladino last month when he crashed a press conference of pro-Andrew Cuomo Jewish leaders who were slamming the GOP gubernatorial hopeful and accusing him of making anti-Semitic remarks.
The following exchange takes place at about the 2-minute mark about Paladino’s insistence it wasn’t anti-Semitic for him to say his friend, Erie County Executive Chris Collins, shouldn’t have apologized for comparing the Orthodox Jewish speaker to Hilter and the anti-Christ:
Paladino: “…It was never intended to be an affront to the Jewish community. It was intended to be an affront to Sheldon Silver.”
Levin: “Here’s what I would point out to you. We go on the record many of us saying as follows Sheldon Silver is a disgrace to the Orthodox community. He’s a baby-killer. He doesn’t allow debate on partial-birth abortion. he pushes homosexual marriage.”
Paladino: “Oh, I hate him even more now!”
Levin. “He didn’t allow babies to get tested for AIDS…He’s a disgrace. I gave him the silver scissors award 20 years ago for the support of partial birth abortion. I gave him the silver scissors award. But, but people are frightened by the use of the word anti-Christ and the use of the word Hitler.That went too far, and I think, looking back, you have to understand.”
Paladino: “It was no mal-intent to the Jewish community. Mr. Silver does tend to get peolpe’s dander up.”
Oct 5th - 5:05 pm
Oct 5th - 4:44 pm
Gov. David Paterson had just one major campaign committee expense in the final weeks of September, and it was a whopper.
The governor dropped $300,236.50 between the 10-day post-primary filing and the 32-day pre-general filing.
Nearly all of it – $300,000 – went to the law firm of Paul Weiss, which is the professional home of Paterson’s attorney, Theodore Wells, (who also just so happened to represent Paterson’s predecessor, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, in 2008).
Paterson, as you’ll recall, is facing potential criminal charges stemming from the Yankees tickets case since former Chief Judge Judith Kaye reccommended back in August that Albany County DA David Soares take a serious look at the situation. \
In the last filing, Paterson reported spending $12,367 on Sard Verbinnen and Co., the PR firm Spitzer relied on in the wake of his prostitution scandal.
As of July, the governor had spent nearly $900,000 worth of campaign cash defending himself in the face of three separate investigations into his personal conduct and actions by his administration.
Paterson hasn’t raised any significant cash since announcing back in February that he would not run for the office he inherited following Spitzer’s downfall. He now has $249,617 on hand.
Some candidates choose to return contributions – or at least a portion of what they’ve received – to their donors when they bow out of a race, although that’s hardly the norm. (Spitzer did that when he departed office under a cloud). Apparently, Paterson has decided covering his legal bills is a better use of his political money.
Oct 5th - 3:28 pm
Andrew Cuomo has released yet another TV ad (I think this is the seventh since the Sept. 14 primary? I’m losing track). This one is actually a real “comparison” spot, so to speak, highlighting the Democratic candidate’s economic plan and accusing his opponent, Carl Paladino, of being plan-less and angry.
The ad borrows a line from Cuomo supporter Mayor Bloomberg, who said “anger is not a governing strategy.”
That seems to be theme of the day from the Cuomo campaign. Earlier today, the AG offered a new variation, saying: “leadership is not who can yell the loudest.”
The campaign must have been in a rush to get this one out. Here’s the last line of the press release: “The aid (sic) begins running statewide today and was produced by Murphy Putnam.”
As you’ll recall, Paladino started yesterday morning trying to move away from his angry personal attacks against Cuomo and onto talking about policy with a Web video in which he pledged to eliminate the capital gains and corporate franchise taxes and panned the AG’s jobs plan.
This morning, Paladino addressed the Crain’s breakfast, but stepped on his policy message (whatever it was) by calling Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a “criminal” – a move that dominated the headlines for the rest of the day.
Oct 5th - 3:20 pm
Democratic Hudson Valley Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer has gone up with an attack ad that brands her GOP opponent, Bob Cohen, as a “slumlord” – pretty harsh words for an incumbent who’s supposed to be in a safe seat.
Siena hasn’t yet polled in the 37th SD, and Democrats insist internal polling shows Oppenheimer, who fended off a spirited challenge in 2008 from then-Larchmont Mayor Liz Feld, has nothing to worry about. But Republicans beg to differ, and they’re going after her hard.
It’s worth noting that Oppenheimer’s district is in Westchester, where County Executive Rob Astorino had a surprise, come-from-behind victory in 2009, ousting the veteran Democratic incumbent, Andy Spano. There were also a few GOP wins in Assembly special elections, if I remember correctly.
So things have been trending Republican in Westchester County over the past year. Couple that with the current anti-incumbent sentiment and it’s no wonder Oppenheimer’s gone negative. Comments from both sides appear after the jump.
Oct 5th - 3:04 pm
Doug Hoffman’s decision to suspend his campaign in NY-23 was good news for the Republicans, which are trying to win back a district they held for roughly a century; and bad news for Democratic incumbent Rep. Bill Owens, says Rothenberg.
The departure of Hoffman from the field, even though his name will remain on the Conservative line in the general election, “damatically” improves the chances of the GOP nominee, Matt Doheny, at ousting Owens.
“On September 29, Minority Leader John Boehner, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions, former NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (who had been a Hoffman supporter), and other members of the GOP leadership signed a letter endorsing Doheny,” the report notes.
“Republican strategists are excited, not just for a unified party, but because they believe Doheny is putting together a credible campaign in an expansive district. He ran ads for a month on broadcast television in three markets that cover most of the congressional district for the primary.”
“This is a break Republicans had hoped for but were never sure they were going to get. For now, the race moves to Pure Toss-Up.”
Oct 5th - 2:06 pm
While Carl Paladino seems to be trying to find a happy and sane place on the spectrum between kind and gentle and mad as hell, the same could be said for Andrew Cuomo, who is trying to identify with frustrated voters without going overboard.
Cuomo is trying to make a case that Paladino is unfit to lead. He took a swipe at Paladino during this morning saying, “leadership is not who can yell the loudest. That’s not what leadership is about.”
Paladino has been trying to paint the attorney general as part of the Albany establishment, but Cuomo is trying to assert that he too is angry with the status quo.
“I understand that the people of the state are frustrated. I’m frustrated,” said Cuomo. “I’m angry. Nobody knows Albany corruption better than I do. I’ve been starring at the beast for three years.”
Oct 5th - 12:57 pm
Here’s another heated exchange between Tom DiNapoli and Harry Wilson over legislators’ per diems.
NY1 Noticias Reporter Juan Manuel Benitez asked if legislators should provide the Comptroller’s office with receipts for their per diems related to lodging, food and expenses while in session.
DiNapoli did not say definitively because it’s the Legislature that decides how much money is allocated to its members.
“The Legislature is an independent branch of government so their ability to discharge their duties is not something the comptroller could infringe upon,” said DiNapoli.
DiNapoli did point out he withheld lawmakers’ paychecks during last summer’s Senate coup, saying “when the Legislature is not acting appropriately, even in extraordinary ways, I have certainly used my ability of the payroll to withhold their checks.”
Wilson pounced on the issue saying DiNapoli’s response is “Albany speak for, ‘I don’t want to offend my friends in the Legislature.’”
“Of course [lawmakers] should have to provide receipts,” Wilson said. “Everyone in America has to do that when they bill their company or their business.”