Sep 29th - 8:27 pm
CapTon’s Kaitlyn Ross just sent this explosive video shot with her cell phone outside the Business Council’s annual meeting in Bolton Landing tonight.
As Kaitlyn reported at the top of Capital Tonight, the exchange is between Carl Paladino and NY Post State Editor Fred Dicker, who nearly came to blows and had to be separated.
The candidate for governor and journalist are shown having a confrontation over Dicker allegedly sending a photographer to follow around the 10-year-old daughter Paladino fathered outside his marriage. The Buffalo businessman called Dicker a “stalking horse” for his Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Andrew Cuomo.
Michael Caputo, Paladino’s campaign manager, tried to diffuse the situation with some levity, saying: “Fred, you’re out of line, you’re off the Christmas card list.” (That’s a reference to Caputo’s response to Joy Behar’s criticism of his candidate on “The View” earlier this week).
But then Caputo continued to lay into Dicker, accusing him of “working for Cuomo” and calling him a “terrible journalist.” Caputo also said Dicker would no longer be receiving any more communications from the Paladino campaign.
Before Paladino and Dicker were hauled off to their separate quarters, the Post Albany Bureau chief was pressing the candidate about an interview he gave to POLITICO, in which he accused Cuomo of being unfaithful to his ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy.
Sep 29th - 7:21 pm
Republican Rep. Chris Lee was the only member of the New York congressional delegation to vote “no” on the Zadroga bill that passed the House earlier today.
(His fellow GOPer, Long Island Rep. Peter King, was a sponsor of the bill and voted “yes” after taking it on the chin from Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner when members of his conference refused to provide sufficient support to reach the majority’s two-thirds requirement back in July).
Lee issued the following statement to explain his decision:
“The men and women who ran into the towers on 9/11 and who spent countless hours aiding the recovery at Ground Zero are true American heroes. I’m an original cosponsor of the 9/11 health bill and believe we should support our first responders who sacrificed so much on 9/11 and in the time that followed.”
“In a $3.5 trillion budget, there were a number of ways that Speaker Pelosi could have chosen to pay for health care for these heroes without the bill’s massive, job-killing tax hikes that will send U.S. jobs overseas.”
“I offered an alternative plan to remove these job-killing tax hikes and finance the bill with spending cuts. It is unwise and unnecessary to pit 9/11 heroes against 15 million out-of-work Americans, and we could have and should have protected both in this bill.”
Sep 29th - 7:09 pm
GOP/Conservative gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino did not take kindly reports about the spotty personal histories of his campaign staffers and the coverage of the daughter he fathered outside his marriage, accusing the Democrats who have sought to capitalize on these stories of playing dirty.
Not surprisingly, Paladino blamed his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, for the negative coverage.
“Oh boy, how nonsensical is that? He’s reached down to the bottom of the barrel,” Paladino said of Cuomo, whose LG running mate, Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy, issued a press release questioning his selection of campaign aides. (State Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs went one step further and called for the four to be fired).
“Obviously his clip is empty,” Paladino continued. “He doesn’t have much more to go on, so he’s chasing around a bunch of his campaign workers. It doesn’t make any sense to me at all. He’s welcome to take his shots at me if he wants, but he better stay away from my family, and I think it’s disgraceful he has to go chase campaign workers and put them on the front page of the New York Times.”
Also, Paladino tried to turn the tables on Cuomo during an interview with POLITICO, in which he said:
“Has anybody asked Andrew Cuomo about his paramours? When he was married – or asked him why his wife left him or threw him out of the house? Has anybody ever done that? What are they doing intruding on my life?”
(Odd. I thought family was off-limits. Perhaps only current members of the family, not exes. Those, it appears, are fair game).
Sep 29th - 5:33 pm
In accepting the NARAL endorsement, AG Andrew Cuomo called Carl Paladino “frightening.”
Paladino accepted the Conservative Party’s endorsement, saying: “I had a great team before I walked in here, and now I’ve got the greatest team.”
Abortion rights are also an issue in the Gillibrand vs. DioGuardi race.
Paladino got into a heated discussion on immigration with a Fox-5 reporter.
It’s an LG candidate brawl!
Rep. Chris Lee was the only New York House member to vote “no” on the Zadroga bill.
Mayor Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch will testify on Capitol Hill about immigration reform.
Rudy Giuliani thinks the Tea Party is a “movement grounded essentially in fear of big government.”
Bloomberg and Giuliani are at odds over the Maryland gubernatorial contest.
The 40th SD makes the DLCC’s list of essential legislative races in 2010.
Nat Hentoff fires back at Tom Robbins over the Park51 project.
Robbins delves into Staten Island DA Dan Donovan’s mob-related campaign cash.
GOP/Conservative LG candidate Greg Edwards on Paladino and Lazio: “They’re both very unique people.”
House Republicans are expecting to re-establish their toehold in the Northeast this fall.
Advice to Cuomo from a WNY blogger: “Forget about Western New York; you’re not going to win here.”
Bloomberg insisted – yet again – he won’t run for president in 2012.
The CBC wants the governor to veto a bill that would require NYC firefighters be provided an additional 80 hours of training on the Buildings and Fire Codes.
GOP Senate candidate Bob Cohen released his second TV ad.
Sep 29th - 4:12 pm
Peter Kauffmann, the former communications director for Gov. David Paterson who resigned in the wake of the Yankees tickets scandal, has taken a leave of absence from his nonprofit post to work as a senior advisor to Andrew Cuomo’s campaign.
He’ll be joining another former Paterson spokesperson who quit her job due to the outgoing governor’s ethics troubes: Marissa Shorenstein.
A source forwarded me the following e-mail, which was sent this afternoon to staffers at the College Board, where Kauffmann went to work as vice president for communications in April. The note is signed by Gaston Caperton, a former two-term governor of West Virginia who is president of the College Board.
“I want to share with you the news that Peter Kauffmann will be taking a one-month leave of absence from the College Board. Peter has been asked to serve as Senior Advisor on Andrew Cuomo’s campaign for governor of New York.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity, and while we will miss Peter during his time away, I know you will all join me in wishing him well.”
“Over the past several months, we have started to build strong momentum in raising the profile of the College Board in the media and I am confident we will continue on that path over the next month and when Peter returns after Election Day in November.”
I have a call in to Kauffmann, who has so far not gotten back to me.
Sep 29th - 3:57 pm
…After all that drama back in July, this was a breeze. The vote: 268 to 160. Seventeen Republicans supported the measure; three Democrats voted against it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the passage “long overdue.”
The measure was introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who was taken to task by the DN (a big champion of the bill) when it endorsed her unsuccessful primary challenger, Reshma Saujani, for not pushing harder to get the Obama administration on board.
The president did eventually announce support for Zadroga, after front-page prodding by the DN, which chided Obama for weighing in on the Park51 mosque/Islamic center project (oh, yeah; remember that?) and failing to do the same for the health and compensation Act.
UPDATE: Four House members who sponsored the bill have released a joint statement. Their quotes appear in full after the jump. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has also released a statement, commending the House for passing the bill and saying she’ll work with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it up for a vote.
Sep 29th - 3:15 pm
The Paladino campaign is firing back at NARAL Pro-Choice NY and its endorsed gubernatorial candidate, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, insisting the AG’s position on abortion rights is just as “extreme” as they insist the Buffalo businessman’s thoughts on the subject.
According to Paladino’s campaign manager Michael Caputo, his candidate’s views on abortion are born of religious conviction and attacking him is no more of an attempt to distract voters from the real debate about cleaning up Albany.
I’m not quite certain how else to prepare you for this statement, and so I’m just go to leave it here.
“The NARAL ad is just more ridiculous exaggeration from another Cuomo surrogate group sent to do the bidding of the Albany ruling class. Carl’s position on abortion is exactly the position of the millions of members of the Roman Catholic Church, nothing more, and he’ll uphold the law of the land.”
“Andrew Cuomo supports partial birth abortion, a heinous procedure in which a live fetus is pulled from the womb and stabbed to death – we believe that is the extremist position.”
“Attacking Carl’s personal religious views on abortion is an attempt to distract voters from the corruption of Albany. Carl has never said changing New York’s existing abortion laws are on his agenda for reform. He is focused on jobs, taxes, spending and the economy.”
“NARAL is just helping their progressive candidate for Governor distract New York voters from the facts in this terrible recession: Cuomo will raise taxes, increase spending and continue the onerous regulations that have been killing businesses and jobs in New York ever since his daddy was governor.”
Sep 29th - 2:41 pm
The state Independence Party executive committee met this afternoon and unanimously voted to put Democratic AG nominee Eric Schneiderman on Row C in the general election.
“We’re behind Eric Schniedemran 100 percent,” Indy Chairman Frank MacKay told me in a brief phone interview just now. “It’s certainly a pro-Schneiderman move, not an anti-Dan Donovan move. We like Dan Donovan very much…We liked all the candidates out there.”
I’m still awaiting comment from the Schneiderman campaign, but I assume the Manhattan senator will be accepting this nomination.
It makes sense for MacKay to try to stay on Donovan’s good side, since the Staten Island DA took his name out of consideration for the Indys’ nod at the end of July, citing an investigation into a loan paid to a MacKay’s wife former firm by a failed Staten Island NYC Council candidate.
Sep 29th - 2:01 pm
A CapTon viewer was struck by Andrew Cuomo’s recitation last night of all the corruption-busting he’s done as the state’s chief law enforcement official and his plan to tell New Yorkers: “You know what I’ve done as attorney general, imagine what I’d do as governor.”
As it turns out, another AG-turned-gubernatorial candidate used a similar catchphrase back in 2006.
Yup. You guessed it, Eliot Spitzer (who, by the way, Cuomo included in his list of scalps, citing the Troopergate report and adding: “To the extent that he was displeased, I did my job.”)
Spitzer’s second TV ad in the 2006 governor’s race featured a collection of headlines touting his AG successes and then this tagline: “Now just imagine what he’d do…as your governor.”
Sep 29th - 1:41 pm
Senate Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein was surprisingly quick to correct me on CapTon last night when I said Andrew Cuomo isn’t assisting the Democrats in their quest to keep the majority, whereas Gov. David Paterson at this time in 2008 was helping to raise $2 million to help his old conference flip the chamber.
“That’s not true,” Klein said. “David Paterson never raised us $2 million I wish he did. It was really closer to a half a million dollars, $250,000. But who’s counting?”
Ouch. Well, in my defense, I was using this Times story as a reference. But apparently the lame duck governor is no longer someone Klein worries about offending on live TV.
He did, however, have a lot of nice things to say about the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who has expressed an interest in seeing the Senate remain under his party’s control, but hasn’t done much – at least not publicly – to further that (according to Siena, rather uphill) cause so far this campaign cycle.
Andrew Cuomo is going to be an absolutely fantastic standard bearer,” Klein said. “He’s going to be someone who I think is going to do much better than these polls initially indicate.”
“…He’s going to do very well. And I think the message that he’s talking about again of property tax cap, lowering taxes, ethics reform, are things that we agree with, especially our challengers.”
“So, I think it’s going to be in his best interest, as well as ours, to work together. We’re already in the process of putting together a coordinated field operation statewide, a coordinated GOTV effort.”