Oct 2nd - 9:35 am
Mayor Bloomberg is putting his money where his mouth is with his preferred state comptroller candidate, GOP/Conservative hopeful Harry Wilson, maxing out to the candidate with just one month remaining in the campaign.
Wilson’s 32-day pre-general election filing shows a $37,800 personal contribution to the former hedge fund manager’s campaign by the billionaire mayor. The check was logged on Sept. 27 – about two weeks after Bloomberg formally endorsed Wilson.
Wilson also received $27,800 from Dan Doctoroff, a the former deputy mayor who departed the administration in 2007 to run Bloomberg LP.
Other contributors of interest/note: Democrat-turned-Republican supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis gave $8,000, Wilson’s fellow hedge funder Bruce Kovner and his wife, Suzanne, both maxed out at $37,800. Former MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow ($20,000 plus another $10,000 from two Kalikow-related companies); Andrew Saul, MTA Board Vice Chairman/father of Manhattan GOP Chair Jennifer Saul, ($5,000).
All told, Wilson raised $707,022 since the last filing and loaned his campaign another $500,000, which brings his self-funding total to about $3.2 million to date. He spent $1.3 million and has $2.6 million on hand.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s filing is not yet on-line, but his campaign released toplines late yesterday afternoon. They are as follows:
Opening balance: $1,795,329
Total receipts: $364,607
Expenses this period: $752,486
Closing balance: $1,407,449
And now, a shameless self-promotional plug: Don’t forget that the YNN/NY1 state comptroller debate will take place Monday at 7 p.m. It will be live. It will be aired statewide. It will be followed by a half-hour post-game show. Yours truly will be on the panel.
Oct 2nd - 9:10 am
The Times, which has stepped up its pressure on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo, doles out considerable praise for his record as AG today, but also calls on him to speak out more on ethics reform.
The paper, which did not endorse Cuomo during the 2006 Democratic primary (it backed former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green), says the jury was out on the former HUD secretary even after he won the general election, defeating his GOP opponent, former Westchester County DA Jeanine Pirro, by a large margin.
It deems his record at HUD “mixed” and noted that his decision to take a job with developer (and his mega-campaign contributor/now campaign finance chairman) Andrew Farkas after he had been sued “raised questions about his judgment.” (Carl Paladino has made Farkas an issue of late, accusing Cuomo of accepting “a bribe” from him).
But Cuomo has apparently more put the Times’ concerns to rest.
“Over the last four years, Mr. Cuomo has exceeded expectations and laid nearly all of those doubts to rest,” the editorial states.
“He has taken on big fights and produced results, going after public corruption among fellow Democrats, keeping the pressure on Wall Street and producing other meaningful changes, most notably in student lending.”
“… A review of his record shows that Mr. Cuomo made the attorney general’s office one of the most effective public interest law firms in the country. He did so with less arrogance than his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, putting to rest most fears about his own temperament.”
The Times is not, however, pleased with Cuomo’s virtual silence on same-sex marriage (the LGBT community isn’t thrilled by that, either, and isn’t really buying his pledge that he’ll make marriage “a priority” in his first year on the job if elected governor).
In addition, the Gray Lady would like to hear more from the AG on ethics reform and wishes he had found the means to push state legislators harder over the past four years, saying:
“Mr. Cuomo has shown no lack of energy as attorney general, but he will still have to double his efforts on ethics reform as governor. In the campaign’s remaining weeks, voters need to hear more about his plan to do that.”
This all reads to me like laying out the roadmap to an endorsement (not like the Times would ever dream of backing Paladino).
Oct 2nd - 8:55 am
As he continues his push to shore up support in the Democratic base, Andrew Cuomo is meeting this morning with Latino leaders at the Nuyorican Poets Café on 236th Street.
After emerging from his Rose Garden following Carl Paladino’s landslide win in the Sept. 14 GOP primary and increasing concerns among some members of his party that his above-it-all strategy wasn’t resonating with key segments of the electorate, Cuomo met in Harlem with black leaders.
(A pre-meeting Subway stop meet-and-greet didn’t go so well, as you’ll recall. Cuomo gave up after being drowned out by boisterous supporters of NYC Councilman Charles Barron, the Freedom Party candidate for governor).
As Cuomo huddled with a group of advisors that included former state Comptroller H. Carl McCall (the man he challenged in the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary, hurting his relationship with the black community), Manhattan Democratic Chairman/Assemblyman Keith Wright and former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson, Paladino’s campaign manager talked to Gerson Borrero about the GOP/Conservative nominee’s efforts to woo Latino voters.
Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., who isn’t the biggest Cuomo fan, hosted Paladino in the Bronx at a meeting of his Hispanic clergy group. (He issued a letter inviting Cuomo, too, but the AG didn’t bite).
The get-together went as well as can be expected for a guy who has a very conservative position about immigration, sent out racist e-mails and made a number of controversial statements about various ethnic groups. He was questioned at length, and Diaz Sr. reportedly told him:
“You are the only one of the three candidates for governor to give us the respect to show up here, and speak to us. If the other two candidates won’t respect us by showing up they must not want our vote.”
(At the time, Rick Lazio was still in the race).
Anyway, that pretty much sums up why today’s meeting is taking place.
Oct 1st - 5:00 pm
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will raise campaign cash for Staten Island DA Dan Donovan’s AG bid on Oct. 25.
…Rudy Giuliani, Mayor Bloomberg, Ed Koch and George Pataki will be there, too.
Andrew Cuomo said the personal nature of the governor’s race “is why people are turned off.”
Cuomo also called Carl Paladino’s allegations “hurtful.”
NT2 notes that Paladino got a standing ovation at the Business Council.
Coming from Siena Monday: Polls of four more Senate districts (SDs 40, 49, 55, 58). (No link).
Paladino trotted out the Cuomo-as-zebra analogy.
Citing a “deep political insider” Larry Kudlow said Mayor Bloomberg will be the next Treasury Secretary.
That anti-Cuomo message-testing poll is still out there.
Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins said the governor’s race reminds him of “Jersey Shore.”
Mayor Bloomberg said the Tea Party is “not a political movement.”
Eliot Spitzer is doing a lot of pre-show prep.
Spitzer on Christine O’Donnell: “Since when do you nominate a witch?”
Andy Card kept the Hillary Clinton-not-Joe Biden in 2012 speculation alive.
Elizabeth Green imagines an education conversation between Joe Klein and Mark Zuckerberg.
Rick Sanchez is potentially in trouble.
Rahm Emanuel called his departure from the White House “bittersweet.”
Oct 1st - 4:33 pm
This one needs no explanation, although it’s a little hard to hear.
Sen. Eric Schneiderman, the Democratic AG nominee, opened his remarks at the Business Council meeting this morning by saying: “I want to start by assuring all of you: You are on my Christmas list.”
What makes this even funnier is the fact that he’s a Jew.
Oct 1st - 3:42 pm
A Washington-based FEC watcher brought my attention to an interesting pre-primary independent expenditure made on behalf of former Rep. Joe DioGuardi, who won the three-way GOP contest on Sept. 14 and is now facing off against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the general election.
The Filangieri Society for Justice and Good Government spent just over $150,000 on DioGuardi’s behalf. The cash went to things like GOTV e-mails and postcards (with a pro-life message).
According to its Website, the Filangieri Society for Justice and Good Government is named for the 18th Century Neapolitan philosopher Gaetano Filangieri, who wrote “The Science of Legislation.” (Apparently, Ben Franklin was a big fan).
The Society “seeks to perpetuate the principles and values upon which our Republic was founded, which are ensrhined in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and were eloquently articulated by Franklin and the other Founding Fathers,” the site states.
So, who’s behind this outfit? Lawrence Auriana, a portfolio manager with Federated Investors. Interestingly, he doesn’t live in New York, but in Connecticut.
Apparently, Gillibrand isn’t the first New York Democrat Auriana has targeted. He also has gone after Rep. Gary Ackerman.
Oct 1st - 3:16 pm
Actually, I’m not sure where we’re at with this anymore, but Carl Paladino just told FOX News that he will indeed release proof that Andrew Cuomo had extramarital affairs “at the appropriate time.”
“We will at the appropriate time, OK, say whatever we have in our, in our box. At the appropriate time yes…What I believe and what is factual out there we will, at the approriate time, put out, yes.”
So, that runs counter to what Paladino spokesman Michael Caputo told The Buffalo News yesterday, which was that the candidate “misspoke” when he said during his dust-up with The Post’s Fred Dicker that he would provide proof of his Democratic opponent’s infidelities “at the approrpriate time”.
Dicker was very “in your face” with Paladino, Caputo explained, which, ostensibly, caused the candidate to misunderstand the question.
There was no misunderstanding Megyn Kelly’s questions this afternoon, however.
Oct 1st - 2:55 pm
Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy is out with yet another negative ad, this time attacking his GOP opponent, Chris Gibson, for his support for abolishing the federal Department of Education, which the congressman maintains would eventually result in higher property taxes.
Gibson told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise back in July that he favors doing away with the federal departments of Education, Energy and Homeland Security in an effort to cut spending.
“Our property taxes are already among the highest in the country, and we simply can’t afford to see them continue to rise,” Murphy said in a statement. “Chris Gibson’s proposal to abolish the Department of Education would do exactly that.”
“Every year, the Department of Education provides our local schools with billions of dollars in funding, funding that would need to be offset by more property taxes. That’s the last thing upstate families need right now.”
Here’s the script of the ad, entitled “Nothing Worse”:
“We do our best to teach them…because that’s how they do well in life. But Chris Gibson would make it so much harder. Chris Gibson favors abolishing the U.S. Department of Education, which provides federal aid to local school districts. And that would make our property taxes even higher.”
“Chris Gibson’s plan to eliminate the Department of Education…nothing could be worse for New York taxpayers…or our children.”
Oct 1st - 2:31 pm
Carl Paladino just fired back at Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allen, who said in a statement yesterday that the Buffalo businessman invited the scrutiny he and his family have received both by running for governor and, as Allen put it, “speaking openly about his mistress and love child.”
“It’s inappropriate for them to put my daughter in danger, to put my daughter at risk,” Paladino just said in a live interview with FOX News’ Megyn Kelly.
He went on to question a media landscape in which “children are combants in this, children are open game,” adding:
“Is that what we’ve evolved to” Is that what the New York Post has evolved to? Who does this man think he is? No. That’s not proper and the people of the State of New York agree with me.”
Paladino called efforts to take pictures of the daughter he fathered out-of-wedlock ten years ago “disgusting” and said: “I’m a father. I won’t stand for it.”
Kelly struck a sympathetic tone, asking if Paladino thinks its appropriate at all for the media to be delving into the personal lives of candidates, to which Paladino replied:
Oct 1st - 2:05 pm
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo’s hand-picked LG running mate, Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy, was relentlessly on message following his comments at the Business Council’s annual meeting yesterday, stressing repeatedly that the campaign needs to “get back to the issues.”
He dismissed Carl Paladino’s now-reversed allegation that Cuomo cheated on his ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, as “histrionics” and stuck instead to the fiscally conservative talking points that were the focus of the speech he delivered in the AG’s stead.
(Cuomo never did make it to the Business Council event in Bolton Landing, despite widespread speculation that he would do so).
“The messaging that goes on politically that tries to paint stereotypes of certain parties is all wrong,” Duffy said.
“I’m an elected Democrat. I’ve cut taxes. I’ve cut spending. I’ve reduced the workforce. I’ve consolidated. These are things that Andrew Cuomo is pushing that could turn around this state. Sometimes other would have you painted differently. I believe if you have to divert the campaign away from the issues to other things it weakens your position on those things that are of substance that are needed by the state.”