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.”
Sep 29th - 1:03 pm
GOP gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino is starting down a vote at today’s state Conservative Party convention outside Albany, and the get-together hasn’t even started yet.
Monroe County Conservative Chairman Tom Cook told YNN’s Wendy Mills yesterday that not only won’t support giving the Buffalo businessman Row D now that Rick Lazio has dropped off the line, but also is resigning his state committee post in protest of the party’s all-but certain endorsement of him.
“I just couldn’t support him because I have seen the Website, I’ve seen the e-mails, and I am not a prude, but I am just not into that kind of conduct,” Cook said.
“…Paladino on its face, he is a good conservative. Pro-life, 2nd Amendment, lower taxes, less government. If that was all it was, that would be fine. But when he engages in behavior that is real bad, I just thought we shouldn’t support him.”
“…If you look at his record, he was a Democrat until 2005. He gave money to (Eric) Massa, (Louise) Slaughter, (John) Kerry, (Chuck) Schumer, (Eliot) Spitzer. Then he became a born-again Christian and he is all of a sudden esposing Christian beliefs.”
“And he is anti-Albany, which is easy to do. But that is not enough. You can’t be a philosophical Conservative and have personal conduct which is repugnant.”
Sep 29th - 12:25 pm
Andrew Cuomo’s hand-picked LG running mate, Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy, has embraced the traditional attack-dog role of a No. 2, blasing the Paladino campaign for employing four top aides with checkered pasts.
“Campaigns show the people of the State how we would govern,” said Duffy. “Now more than ever, the people of this State need to have their faith and confidence in Government restored.”
“By surrounding himself with people who have run afoul of the law and displayed questionable ethics, Mr. Paladino has once again shown voters that he lacks the judgment to be Governor.”
Both the Times and the DN ran stories today about the histories of Paladino aides. Two of them – GOP consultant John Haggerty, who was indicted in connection with the Manhattan DA’s ongoing Independence Party/Mayor Bloomberg probe, and former Erie County Comptroller Nancy Naples, who has been accused of pay-to-play in connection with the Conservative Party – have been the subject of past media reports.
In today’s stories, Buffalo resident and Tea Partier Rus Thompson got the worst of it (he was the sole focus of the DN story) for his drunk driving conviction under another name while living in Arizona. Apparently, he didn’t take too well to being questioned by the Times’ Michael Barbaro about his run-ins with the law:
Sep 29th - 12:06 pm
As part of what seems to be a coordinated attack strategy against Carl Paladino and his extremely conservative position on abortion rights, NARAL Pro-Choice New York is poised to endorse AG Andrew Cuomo for governor later today, according to sources inside the campaign.
This comes on the same day the group released its first television ad of this campaign season, which accused Paladino of wanting to see abortion criminalized.
In the wake of his landslide GOP primary win, Paladino told CNN he opposes abortion even in the instance of incest or rape.
He later backed off those comments a little, by saying those were his personal beliefs, and if elected governor he’d respect the beliefs of the people.
On the other hand, he did tell the DN that he would end Medicaid funding for abortion and eliminate the pro-abortion aspects of family planning services. (This isn’t something he could accomplish single-handedly, it should be noted; the idea that the Democrat-dominated Legislature would go along with that is pretty far-fetched).
This is, of course, all part of Cuomo’s renewed focus on the Democratic base. Choice is an issue that, unsurprisingly, polls very high among women, who tend to vote in higher numbers than men.