Oct 1st - 1:42 pm
According to reports filed with the FEC yesterday, Revere American has dropped $369,997 to produce and air an ad that spams Hall for voting “yes” on health care reform.
The ex-governor’s other target is Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who happens to be a Democratic incumbent in New Hampshire, the state that hosts the first presidential primaries every four years. Revere America has spent $739,506 on ads slamming Shea-Porter.
Pataki launched Revere America not long after deciding to take a pass on running for statewide office here in New York (GOP leaders hoped he would challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, as polls showed he was the strongest of their would-be competitors).
The former governor has said on numerous occasions that this committee, which he says was created to help repeal “ObamaCare”, is not a vehicle for him to mount another White House bid, but that’s the widely-held belief.
Hall is increasingly looking like the most vulnerable of the House Democrats being targeted by the GOP. He’s being challenged by newcomer (and self-funder) Nan Hayworth.
Revere America was cited by NYC Bill de Blasio during our CapTon “Ad Nausem” segment yesterday as an example of a committee that could be benefitting from the Citizens United decision. It’s a 501(c)(4), which means it doesn’t have to disclose its donors.
Oct 1st - 1:00 pm
State GOP spokesman Alex Carey just sent over a statement in response to the news that Conservative Staten Island BP James Molinaro crossed party lines to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo this morning.
In short: Carey notes that Molinaro has a habit of bucking the Republican Party and also has been at odds for some time with his former aide, Staten Island DA Dan Donovan, against whom Cuomo is backing his fellow Democrat, Sen. Eric Schneiderman, for AG.
“Jim Molinaro is hardly someone the New York Republican Party embraces or calls one of our ‘our own,’” Carey said.
“The fact is, he endorsed McMahon against our Republican endorsed candidate already in 2008, so this behavior is nothing new, and send out a letter or endorsement for Dan Donovan’s opponent for DA because of Dan’s refusal NOT to indict Molinaro’s grandson.”
“It’s also worth pointing out the Mr. Molinaro now joins a club of individuals possessing questionable ethical behavior, having been involved in various scandals, to be picked up and paraded around as a supporter by Team Cuomo.”
Oct 1st - 12:40 pm
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli was unusually animated during a CapTon interview last night, particularly when I asked him why he hasn’t yet complied with a FOIL request from his opponent, Harry Wilson, for his schedule.
DiNapoli told me his office readily fulfills all requests that are “appropriate” and insisted what Wilson asked for is far too broad.
I noted Wilson’s campaign is making this an issue of transparency and thinks its ask is perfectly reasonable, to and the comptroller shot back: “He says a lot of things that aren’t true, and that happens to be one of them as well.”
Wilson’s camp is hoping to prove that DiNapoli met with unlicensed placement agents (we know he did so at least once, because AG Andrew Cuomo said as much back in April when he announced a settlement with the Global Strategy Group).
I asked the comptroller if he could say for certain that meeting was the only thing Cuomo has looked at in connection with his pay-to-play pension fund probe, and he replied:
“I can’t comment on the investigation. As you well know, the investigation started before I became comptroller and the investigation has continued. We have not stopped our effort to reform the office, not waiting for the investigation to be conclued.”
He then went on to list all the reforms he has instituted since taking over the office in February 2007, adding: “The attorney general is doing his job, we’re doing our job, and I’m confident that the pension fund is managed in the approrpriate way.”
This seems like a good time to remind you that there will be a YNN/NY1 state comptroller debate at 7 p.m. Monday at Pace.
Oct 1st - 12:10 pm
I’m a little late to the party on this one, but Staten Island Dan Donovan’s campaign released this spoof Web video in which consultants chastise the candidate for refusing to “play the game”
The press release that accompanied the video, headlined “Dan Donovan: A Menance to the Albany Cesspool,” Donovan’s spokeswoman Virginia Lam called the candidate “the consultants’ annoyance”, adding:
“Frustrated political operatives on the Donovan Campaign for New York State Attorney General today released an online ad chastising its candidate for having too much integrity and independence to win a statewide race in New York State.”
“Citing his inability to bend to special interests and his refusal to put his political and personal aspirations first, Donovan campaign consultants vented their frustrations directly with the candidate, calling him a ‘menace’ to the politics as usual process.”
Oct 1st - 9:09 am
The latest “major endorsement” for Andrew Cuomo is coming from Conservative Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, who is risking the wrath of his constituents and fellow right-of-center politicos to back the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful.
Molinaro said he believes Cuomo has the “relationships” to govern effectively in Albany, saying the AG will be able to get “concessions” from the veteran Capitol denizens like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver “like Nixon going to China.”
The BP said his own party’s newly minted standard bearer, Republican Carl Paladino, lacks the experience and temperament to lead the state, predicting there will be “confrontation like you won’t believe,” if he’s elected, and adding: “Government would shut down, I believe.”
“I feel (Cuomo’s) the best hope to reform government,” Molinaro told the Advance’s Tom Wrobleski. “He’s the right person, at the right time, in the right place.”
“…No question, I’m going to take a beating over this. So be it. I have to do what I believe is in the best interest of half a million people here on Staten Island.”
Molinaro, who is a close ally of another Cuomo supporter, Mayor Bloomberg, stressed that he’s still a registered Conservative and has no intention on switching parties any time soon.
Wrobleski likened Molinaro’s move to the 1994 crossing over of then-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani to endorse Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo, in his bid for a fourth term. That led then-GOP Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari to stop speaking to Giuliani for months, Wrobleski recalled.
Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno deemed Giuliani “Judas” for turning his back on the party’s nominee, little-known state Sen. George Pataki, who ended up defeating Mario Cuomo in what was widely attributed more to voters’ rejection of the liberal incumbent than their desire to see a GOP legislator from Peekskill in the executive mansion.
There will be a formal announcement of Molinaro’s endorsement at 11 a.m. at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
Oct 1st - 8:55 am
A new Web video compliments of Michael Grimm, who is now turning his full attention on trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon in NY-13 after defeating his fellow Republican, Michael Allegretti, in the Sept. 14 primary.
Oct 1st - 8:53 am
Carl Paladino is hardly the first politician to (to borrow a phrase from another vanquished foe) run into the buzzsaw of veteran Post reporter Fred Dicker.
I’m referring, of course, to the former Gov. Eliot “Steamroller” Spitzer.
There was also Assemblyman Denny Farrell Jr., who memorably accosted Dicker while his radio show was on the air about the scribe’s reporting of the Manhattan Democrat’s out-of-wedlock child (do you see the pattern emerging here?)
Perhaps the most infamous of Dicker’s run-ins occurred in 1987 with Norman Adler, who was then the chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Mel Miller. Adler shoved Dicker to the ground and either kicked him or “prodded” him with a foot (depending on which account you prefer). Adler apologized, but ended up resigning over the incident.
The Sagamore Smackdown has given CBS6 an excuse to revisit Adler vs. Dicker with this vintage footage. Enjoy.
Oct 1st - 8:25 am
Carl Paladino has changed his tune on Andrew Cuomo’s alleged cheating.
“I’m sick and tired of people asking me about if I’ve had affairs. I was talking to (POLITICO) and said ‘why don’t you ask Andrew Cuomo if he has had extramartial affairs. It’s not that I was accusing him,” Paladino said.
The Washington Post picks up on the intensely personal nature of the NY governor’s race.
Paladino’s allegations against Cuomo drew criticism from his newfound ally, state Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, who called them “not something I would do.”
“The last thing this state needs is an out-of-control governor who can’t take the heat,” says the Times.
The Sagamore Smackdown video has been viewed more than 20,000 times, but the cute bear version is perhaps more suitable for children.
Also in the above link (at the very end), a shocking new revelation about Paladino: He’s a nail biter.
This is all starting to look a lot like reality TV, says Tom Precious.
Newsday would like to get back to the days of “reasoned disagreement.”
In case you just can’t get enough of the Dicker vs. Paladino exchange, here’s a transcript.
Sep 30th - 4:54 pm
ADDED: Carl Paladino insists he didn’t accuse Andrew Cuomo of having an affair, but merely got sick of answer questions about his own dalliance and thought his opponent should do the same.
Michael Caputo and other associates of Roger Stone are making a lot of money off Paladino, although it’s not easy to tell exactly how much from his campaign filings.
“It’s on,” says Paladino in his latest fundraising pitch.
Paladino is speaking at the Crain’s breakfast on Oct. 5.
Planned Parenthood Advocates launched a cartoon-themed e-mail “education campaign” about Paladino’s positions on abortion.
Retiring Sen. George Winner is “very disappointed by the tone of the campaigns, and the top of the ticket in particular.”
Rudy Giuliani will “probably vote Republican” in the upcoming governor’s race, but can’t bring himself to say Paladino’s name.
Michael Barbaro talked about Paladino with Rachel Maddow.
Casey Seiler details some of Fred Dicker’s previous altercations with politicians and staffers.
Mayor Bloomberg on why he’s not running for president: “Can’t win. When you’re mayor, you make decisions and you alienate the people who don’t like those decisions.”
Sen. Eric Schneiderman released a “seniors agenda” (as in the elderly, not high school).
Gov. David Paterson said he wasn’t involved in the hiring of Clemmie Harris’ alleged girlfriend, but he’s sure she’s very qualified.
The NYLCV is serving “Cuomo-jitos” and “Paladino Vino” at its upcoming “Green Tea” Party.
Lincoln Restler and Al Franken, separated at birth?
Andrew Russo launched a new TV ad attacking Sen. Dave Valesky.
President Obama nominated New York appellate lawyer Caitlin J. Halligan, who served as state solicitor general under then-AG Eliot Spitzer, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Goodbye Rahm Emanuel (officially).
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli vs. the budget. (Again).
Just. Completely. Hysterical. (H/T The Atlantic).
Sep 30th - 3:32 pm
House GOP leaders have joined with the two lone Republican members of New York’s congressional delegation in endorsing Matt Doheny following his victory in the NY-23 primary two weeks ago.
“Your winning campaign message and promise to lower taxes, spending and your constituents’ share of the federal debt provides the perfect contrast to the record of Bill Owens – who has blindly supported Nancy Pelosi 93% of the time since the day he came to Washington,” the eight Republicans wrote in a letter to Doheny.
“Your real life experience and fresh ideas are necessary to get our economy back on track. Our party and our country need conservative leaders like you now more than ever.”
That “conservative leaders” line is a dig at Doheny’s vanquished primary foe, Doug Hoffman, who is staying on the Conservative line in the general election, despite the fact that his presence dramatically improves Owens’ chances at holding onto the seat he won in the special election last fall.
As you’ll recall, Owens beat Hoffman and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, whose name remained on the ballot even though she dropped out of the race and endorsed her erstwhile Democratic opponent.