AD-133: Dem Candidate Officially Launches Campaign

From the Morning Memo:

Democratic candidate Barbara Baer is taking a second stab at New York’s 133rd Assembly District.

Baer officially launched her campaign for the Finger Lakes region seat yesterday. She first ran for the position two years ago, losing to Republican candidate Joe Errigo.

Although Baer lost that race by roughly 13 points, she felt she did well in the traditionally GOP-leaning district.

“I think the district’s been under-represented and under-valued for years,” she said. “It goes from Pittsford, through Livingston, through Hornell. It’s a fabulous district and basically the people who have been in the seat have basically said ‘no’ to things, rather than saying ‘yes,’ and I think I could bring some capital money and some new ideas to the district.”

Errigo was selected by local GOP leaders in 2016 to replace incumbent Republican Assemblyman Bill Nojay following Nojay’s suicide, and, prior to that, represented much of the district for a decade. But he will not be the Republican candidate this time around.

He lost last week’s GOP primary to attorney Marjorie Byrnes, although he hasn’t said if he’ll actively campaign on the minor party lines he still holds.

Byrnes welcomed Baer to the race, noting the two women are both committed to civil dialogue and serious debate. However, she said, they have a fundamental difference of opinion when it comes to the state’s and the district’s needs.

“I am confident that following serious dialogue, the people of the 133rd will see that the plans conservative-minded Republicans, like myself, are offering—limited government, tax relief for middle class families, less onerous regulations for small business, safety for our public schools and fewer Albany mandates—will serve our communities better than the policies proposed by Ms. Baer’s downstate-dominated Democratic Party,” Byrnes said.

Skoufis Hits the Airwaves

Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis, who is running for the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Bill Larkin, is going up on the air with his first TV ad of the campaign – a spot that focuses on assistance he provided a New Windsor woman to help get insurance coverage for her ailing son.

Skoufis makes only a few brief appearances in the ad, which, interestingly, makes no mention of his party affiliation. He doesn’t have a speaking role. Instead, it’s mainly a testimonial from Heather Miele, a constituent of the assemblyman who says he helped push a reluctant medical insurer to provide coverage for her 9-year-old son, Nicholas, whose specific ailment is also not mentioned.

Miele also introduced Skoufis at his initial announcement of his candidacy for the 39th Senate District seat back in May, saying he was very responsive to her needs, meeting immediately with herself and her husband after they called his office, and managing to resolve their issue within 24 hours – not just once, but twice.

Skoufis is running in the general election against Tom Basile, a Stony Point councilman who has been endorsed by Larkin – one of five Republicans who decided not to seek re-election this fall, complicating the GOP’s already uphill battle to retain its slim hold on the majority in the chamber.

Skoufis’ campaign did not provide any details about where the new ad will be airing, other than to say that it goes up today. Also unavailable: Information about the size of the buy, other than the fact that it was characterized as “significant.”

Here’s the transcript of the ad:

“When you have a child that has the medical issues that my son does, fighting these insurance companies becomes a full time job. I had gotten so frustrated I didn’t know where to turn. A friend told me to call James Skoufis, and I’m so glad I did.

James stood up to the insurance companies and really put his foot down. Instead of getting letters that start with ‘unfortunately,’ we’re now getting letters that start with, ‘good news, you’ve been approved.’ Thanks to James I can focus again on my number one job: Being a mom.”

New CLF Ads Target Brindisi

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC endorsed by the House Republican leadership, is releasing two more ads in NY-22 today, both of which target the Democratic candidate, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, and seek to cast him as a political insider who is too liberal for the moderate-to-conservative leaning district.

The ads will run in the Binghamton and Utica media markets, as well as on digital platforms, and is part of some $2 million worth of time the CLF has reserved in this hotly contested district for the fall.

The fist spot, dubbed “Sheldon and Nancy,” tries – yet again – to tie Brindisi both to disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whom the assemblyman has said he will not support to continue as head of the conference if he is elected to the House in November.

The ad also accuses Brindisi of being a “rubber stamp” for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s agenda, voting for Cuomo’s “agenda” over 90 percent of the time.

Among the issues highlighted here is single payer healthcare, for which the assemblyman voted “yes,” though technically speaking, that NOT a key agenda item for the governor – something that became a flashpoint during his primary battle with actress-turned-activist Cynthia Nixon.

Brindisi has sought to distance himself from the former speaker, releasing an ad of his own last month that highlighted his role in push the speaker to resign when he was hit with federal corruption charges.

That ad came out on the same day the CLF, which is working hard to boost the re-election chances of Brindisi’s opponent, Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, herself a former assemblywoman, released a different spot, which maintained the assemblyman had actually been Silver’s “go-to guy” in Albany.

Brindisi has also not been afraid to publicly criticize the governor, particularly when he felt Cuomo was ignoring the Mohawk Valley.

The second ad features a Chittenango woman, Sherry Menninger, who says she can’t support Brindisi because she’s concerned he wants to “make everyone eligible for Medicare,” which will raise the national debt and “wreck” the system for everyone.

“In Albany, Anthony Brindisi rubber-stamped Silver’s and Cuomo’s agenda over ninety percent of the time. Brindisi voted for single-payer health care, and a two hundred billion-dollar tax hike. Now Brindisi wants to rubber-stamp Nancy Pelosi’s agenda, supporting a thirty-two-trillion-dollar government takeover of health care, nearly doubling the debt. Anthony Brindisi is a tax-and-spend rubber stamp.”

“(Sherry): “I earned my social security and Medicare benefits, and I want Washington to keep their hands off them. That’s why I can’t support Anthony Brindisi. Brindisi wants to make everyone eligible for Medicare. And that’s a thirty-trillion-dollar budget buster. Brindisi’s plan would end Medicare as we know and explode the national debt, wrecking Medicare for seniors, raising taxes on everyone. Anthony Brindisi doesn’t get my vote.”

Gillibrand on Collins: ‘I Don’t Know How He Does It’

From the Morning Memo:

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was in Buffalo yesterday when the news broke that indicted Republican Rep. Chris Collins would remain on the November ballot in the NY-27 general election race.

The Democrat called the insider trading accusation allegations against Collins very serious. The senator punted, however, when asked if she was surprised Collins had reversed course after suspending his campaign last month in the face of pressure from fellow Republican leaders.

“I don’t know his motivations,” Gillibrand said. “I just know no one’s above the law, and the voters will have the opportunity to be heard on that issue.”

If Collins were to win – a prospect many observers still believe is the most likely outcome in the state’s most GOP-dominated House district – Gillibrand said she believes he will have difficulty actually serving. It’s unclear if Collins would chose to resign, allowing for a special election to fill his seat, or remain in office while his legal battle plays out in federal court.

“I don’t know how he does it,” Gillibrand said. “I think we’re supposed to be public servants first, and obviously the allegations show that he was putting his financial gains first, that of his family and his family member’s friends.”

As for the congressman’s challenger, Democratic Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray, Gillibrand said she hasn’t met him, but has heard great things about him.

The senator said she supports McMurray and believes he will win.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public events scheduled.

President Donald Trump this morning participates in a signing ceremony for the Biodefense National Security Presidential Memorandum, then he and the First Lady, Melania Trump, greet the President of the Republic of Poland and Mrs. Kornhauser-Duda.

The two world leaders then hold a bilateral meeting, a working lunch and a joint press conference.

In the afternoon, Trump meets with the secretary of state.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public events scheduled.

At 8 a.m., the Association for a Better New York’s Power Breakfast features a panel including Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn Maloney and Grace Meng speaking about the midterm elections, Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th St., Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m. , the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission meets, 1 Centre St., Ninth floor, Manhattan.

Also at 9:30 a.m., the Queens Borough Cabinet, chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, hears a presentation from the New York State Liquor Authority on its practices and functions, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

At 10 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at Assemblyman Michael Miller’s veterans breakfast, Oak Ridge, 1 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven.

Also at 10 a.m., Dutchess County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro holds the third stop of his “Cuomo Corruption Tour,” LCA pressroom, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins kicks off his general election campaign with a news conference, LCA press room, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., the Upstate Jobs Party, state Senate Candidate Bob Antonacci, and SpinCar hold a press conference about the upcoming elections, 344 South Warren St., Syracuse.

At 11:20 a.m., the state Board of Regents meets, Regents Rooms, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

At noon, state Sen. Neil Breslin, Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and environmental organizations urge the state to support powering 1 million households with solar by 2023, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

At 2 p.m., activists representing various Asian communities protest Chinese President Xi Jinping’s totalitarian rule and human rights violations, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, United Nations, East 47th Street between First and Second avenues, Manhattan.

Also at 2 p.m., Molinaro holds a press conference with Oneida County Executive Tony Picent, Delta Marriott front lobby, 200 Genesee St., Utica.

At 2:30 p.m., New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox will hold a media availability immediately following a meeting of the state GOP, county chairs and statewide candidates, Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany.

Alsop at 2:30 p.m., Rep. Claudia Tenney and local officials announce a $11.39 million loan and $2.75 million grant from the USDA to Hastings to improve water access, 1134 U.S. Route 1, Central Square.

At 4 p.m., the NYC School Support Services’ board meets, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., Molinaro holds a Utica town hall, Delta Marriott, 200 Genesee St., Utica.

Headlines…

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said it would hold a public hearing next week with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who claims the judge sexually assaulted her nearly four decades ago.

More than 200 women who attended the same all-girls school as Kavanaugh’s accuser – including “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus – have signed an open letter supporting her allegations of sexual assault when they were both high school students.

An anonymous source read the text of the letter Christine Blasey Ford wrote to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein detailing an event in which she accuses Supreme Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both in high school during the early 1980s.

For those of a certain age in Washington, the past few days have felt like an eerie echo of the confirmation battle that consumed the capital in 1991 when Anita F. Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her.

For New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and their Democratic colleagues, last-minute surfacing of a sexual-abuse allegation may do to Kavanaugh what hearings did not: Delay confirmation or sink his Supreme Court nomination entirely.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is ready to be sentenced, prosecutors and his defense team told a federal judge. The sentencing had been delayed four times since he pleaded guilty to lying to investigators last December.

President Trump plans to cap the number of refugees that can be resettled in the United States next year at 30,000, his administration announced, further cutting an already drastically scaled-back program that offers protection to foreigners fleeing violence and persecution.

Trump ordered the Justice Department to release documents and emails from four former FBI officials and one current Justice Department official as well as documents that led to the surveillance of his former aide Carter Page.

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is mulling a 200 presidential run, suggested doubts in a recent interview about the #MeToo movement, citing disgraced former TV news anchor Charlie Rose’s ousting from the media industry following harassment allegations against him.

Bloomberg, currently an independent, said it’s possible he would run as a Democrat, though he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the party on every issue, and left the door open to changing his registration back in the coming months.

Bradley Tusk, who managed Bloomberg’s third mayoral campaign and devised his unused 2016 presidential strategy, does not believe that the billionaire has made a decision about 2020.

The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse gave an extraordinary press conference designed to address the domestic violence allegations that have dogged him for nearly a year. He insisted he had never laid a hand on any women – including his wife – or his son and daughter.

But, says Chris Churchill, “to fully believe Morse, you have to ignore way too much.”

Despite the fact that both the Colonie Police and State Police are now investigating him, Morse says he will not heed calls from fellow Democrats – including the governor – for him to resign.

Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco wants to keep close to $100,000 of $321,000 he pocketed in bribes.

Federal prosecutors late last week filed a request that U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni should compel the Percocos to forfeit the entire sum Lisa Toscano-Percoco was paid by Competitive Power Ventures, which paid her roughly $287,000 through a Connecticut-based limited liability company.

Former IDC Leader Jeff Klein, who lost his re-election bid for his Bronc state Senate seat last week to newcomer Alessandra Biaggi when the progressive wave hit the Democratic primaries, is being mentioned for a possible judgeship, sources said.

Embattled Western New York Rep. Chris Collins will run for reelection in November — even though he is under federal indictment on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI, upstate GOP officials announced.

The shocker development, stemming from major concerns lodged by Collins’s criminal attorneys, was neither anticipated nor appreciated by Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy and the other Republican county chairmen who toiled for six weeks to find an election law loophole to remove Collins from the ballot.

As it happens, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was in Collins’s district when the new broke, campaigning for Nate McMurray, the Democratic challenger who opened a campaign office in Hamburg.

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Extras

Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, 76, is actively considering a campaign for president as a Democrat in 2020, concluding that it would be his only path to the White House even as he voices stark disagreements with progressives on defining issues including bank regulation, stop-and-frisk police tactics and the #MeToo movement.

An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who alleged Judge Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her when the two were in high school, said that Ford is willing to testify about the allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said of Ford: “She should not be insulted. She should not be ignored. She should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the Senate should hear formal testimony from Ford, a California research psychologist, dismissing objections that to do so would unfairly delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Kavanaugh also said he was willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee about Ford’s accusations, which he insists are not true, saying in a statement today: “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.”

The president said he still backs his Supreme Court nominee despite the allegations against him, but also supports a hearing on the accusations.

“If it takes a little delay it will take a little delay. We want to go through a full process…and hear everybody out,” Trump said, adding that he has not spoken directly to Kavanaugh.

Former Republican lawmaker Joe Walsh tore into Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., for mocking Senate Democrats over their reaction to sexual misconduct accusations made against Kavanaugh, calling him an “uncaring, narrow-minded idiot.”

A new policy brief from the Center for Law & Policy Solutions at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in partnership with the Government Law Center at Albany Law School explains the history of reproductive rights in New York State and how the state’s laws could continue to protect those rights if federal protections are weakened.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says free speech on college campuses is being threatened and told students in Philadelphia that listening to people with differing views is an important part of education.

Trump made a whopping 115 false claims in the first full week of September. That is the second-most of any week of his presidency.

After largely sitting on the sidelines in the run-up to last week’s primaries, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was a no-show for an annual Democratic unity breakfast in Brooklyn today — just after Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a surprise appearance there.

Outgoing Rep. Joe Crowley was overwhelmingly re-elected as the Queens Democratic Party chairman this morning despite losing his own congressional primary election in June to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Federal prosecutors say Joe Percoco and his wife shouldn’t be able to hold on to a share of the money they took from a power company that received favors from the former top Cuomo aide.

Securities industry pretax profits totaled $13.7 billion in the first half of 2018, 11 percent higher than last year, according to a report released by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners will not seek re-election next year, he announced in an open letter released this morning.

Outgoing Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco has a blog.

Actress Diane Neal will be on the November ballot as an independent in NY-19 after winning a court case over her petition signatures.

A significant, and largely overlooked, winner in last week’s primaries: Sen. Mike Gianaris, who saw his nemesis, Sen. Jeff Klein, defeated.

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray won’t be among the many Democrats lining up to run for NYC public advocate if the office’s current occupant, Tish James, wins the state AG race in November.

A federal judge found Tonawanda Coke guilty of violating its probation but held off on resentencing the company. In delaying the sentence, U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny said he hoped Tonawanda Coke could find a way in the meantime to comply with federal clean air standards.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that starting Friday, roadside parking along state Route 73 at Roaring Brook Falls will be permanently banned.

A British citizen instrumental to the rescue of 12 children trapped in a cave in Thailand has filed a defamation lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who previously alleged he was a pedophile and “child rapist.”

DNC Chair Talks Collins During WNY Visit

The chair of the Democratic National Committee relayed the news to a full house of supporters at the grand opening of congressional hopeful Nate McMurray’s campaign headquarters: Indicted Rep. Chris Collins would be on the ballot in November.

The congressman’s decision upstaged DNC Chairman Tom Perez’s homecoming trip to Western New York, but the news served as a good rallying cry for delighted Democrats who felt Republicans shouldn’t be allowed to substitute Collins.

“Everything he’s doing right now is a fraud if you look at it. The notion that he would get off the ballot and run for something that he wasn’t going to serve on, that’s fraudulent behavior but not surprising behavior,” he said.

Perez’s support is the latest coop for McMurray, who’s campaign has been thrust into the national spotlight after federal prosecutors charged Collins with crimes related to insider trading, last month. Although McMurray, did not have much institutional or financial support before the scandal, the chair claimed the DNC was always there.

“We’ve always been in on this race because Chris Collins lacks integrity,” he said. “He’s raised taxes. He’s trying to take away health care and he’s been doing a disservice to farmers.”

Perez would not get specific about how much support the DNC is offering the campaign now. He pointed out his organization has upped its contribution to state committees by a third across the board and has pinpointed specific races on top of that.

Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy said the large ad buys typically come from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, not the DNC. He said he’s not particularly concerned about the involvement of Perez.

GOP Meeting In Albany Has New Purpose Following Collins Decision

The eight Republican county chairman in New York’s 27th Congressional District were planning to meet Tuesday in Albany finalize details on how they would get Rep. Chris Collins off the November ballot.

Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said they had a “crystal clear” plan and expected the substitution for another candidate to happen by Thursday or Friday. However, that plan would have required Collins to accept a nomination for another office and decline his congressional lines, and Monday morning Republican leaders learned they no longer had the congressman’s cooperation.

Langworthy did not give specific details of what the plan was, although he had confirmed earlier in the week the party was eyeing positions in Collins’ hometown of Clarence.

“At this point, I don’t need to get through with all that but I had some people that were prepared to absolutely do some selfless things this week and at this point that will not have to come into the forefront because Congressman Collins is going to remain on the ballot,” he said.

Now, GOP leaders will use Tuesday’s meeting at the capital to discuss how to move forward with Collins as the candidate. Langworthy, during a press conference, seemed to be setting the table for how the party will handle it.

“(Collins) has a vast war chest of $1.3 million,” Langworthy said. “I assume he will put that to work if he’s going to remain on the ballot. I think it’s very important that this seat stays in Republican hands because Nate McMurray is a vote to impeach the president.”

Langworthy said if Collins is going to be the candidate, he expects the congressman, who suspended his campaign last month, to get back to work, including speaking with the media. He also said he expects, should the congressman win, he will be sworn in for another term.

The chairman called the situation the most difficult thing he’s faced in more than eight years on the job. He said Republicans felt it was better for voters in NY-27 to have a choice who wasn’t distracted by a federal legal battle.

Collins to Stay on November Ballot, Dems Crow

Democrats are thrilled that disgraced Rep. Chris Collins is remaining on the NY-27 ballot in the November general election despite the fact that he is fighting charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI and said – after initially insisting he intended to see the race through, that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election.

The Buffalo News reports that Collins “has heeded the advice of his criminal attorneys who fear the potential complications of protracted election law challenges almost sure to be initiated by Democrats if he removed his name from the congressional ballot.”

“In an attempt to end a devastating news cycle following Congressman Chris Collins’ indictment, Republicans immediately vowed that they would get their scandalized Congressman off the federal ballot, but we now know that this wasn’t true,” DCCC spokeswoman Meredith Kelly said in a statement.

“In the most stark sign that House Republicans are a corrupt and unethical body only out to benefit themselves and their special interests, there are now two indicted Republicans on the ballot in November.”

“The voters of New York 27th Congressional District now have the clearest of choices between scandal-plagued Chris Collins and Nate McMurray, who will be a real fighter for the families of Western New York, and the stakes just got a whole lot higher on November 6th.”

The other indicted GOP congressman running in this cycle, to whom Kelly referred, is Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, who is facing criminal charges for allegedly using campaign funds on tequila shots, family trips to Hawaii and Italy, and other personal expenses.

Local Republicans, meanwhile, are not at all happy – Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy told the paper he felt like “a groom jilted at the alter.” But the truth is they have been struggling for weeks now to figure out 1) how to get Collins off the ballot without facing a prolonged legal challenge from the Democrats, and 2) who to replace Collins with once he was gone, since the top contenders were state Senate Republicans, and taking them out of the mix would potentially further endanger the party’s already tenuous hold on the majority.

Another problem NY-27 GOP officials faced was the lack of enthusiasm among local electeds about the idea of stepping aside to give Collins somewhere to drop down to in order to get out of running for Congress.

The Democratic candidate in NY-27. Nate McMurray, learned of the news regarding his opponent’s status while hosting DNC Chairman (and Buffalo native) Tom Perez at a campaign HQ opening. In a statement, McMurray said it’s “nice to finally know who I’m running against,” but also insisted he “always knew” he would end up facing off against the congressman.

“There are laws for a reason. There is accountability in our society for a reason,” McMurray said. “And in the greatest democracy in the world, voters weren’t going to take this kind of sham switching around names on a ballot at the whims of local party bosses.”

“I credit the people of Western New York for standing up in town after town saying ‘don’t force him on the ballot in my town.’ They saw through this fraud. They weren’t going to fall for the bait and switch strategy by the same team that endorsed, celebrated, took pictures with and defended Chris Collins.”

McMurray said he believes NY-27 voters “like that I’m an underdog” and expressed excitement about the remaining 50 days of the campaign.

For the record, FiveThirtyEight.com says Collins has a one in five shot at winning in November.

Pressure Mounts on Morse

State Democratic Party Vice Chair Christine Quinn is the latest to issue a statement calling on the Mayor of Cohoes, Shawn Morse, to resign in the wake of a TU report that he allegedly used physical violence against his wife and daughter.

“I’ve worked on anti-violence initiatives my entire life,” said Quinn, who is also a former speaker of the NYC Council. “I have worked on behalf of victims of domestic violence since I was a young advocate.”

“The tapes that were released, along with the numerous accusations leveled by numerous women, fit an all too familiar pattern of a serial abuser who not only shouldn’t have a role in public policy, but should probably be locked up.”

“These allegations and the tapes we have all heard paint a disgusting and disturbing picture of a violent man, who has no business in office. I stand with Governor Cuomo, Chairman (Byron) Brown, Assemblywoman (Pat) Fahy and Mayor (Kathy) Sheehan in calling for him to step down immediately.”

As Quinn noted, her statement is coming on the heels of similar calls issued over the weekend by Brown – chair of the state Democratic Party – and Cuomo himself. (The Fahy and Sheehan calls came in late 2017, after the TU published a series of allegations of abuse by Morse that dated back a number of years).

Also calling for Morse’s resignation is Assemblyman John McDonald, the former mayor of Cohoes.

The fact that Quinn, now the president and CEO of Win (Women in Need), a homeless services organization, and Brown are both appointed to their party positions by Cuomo, who controls the entire committee, makes it clear that the governor is orchestrating an effort to pressure Morse out of office.

This comes at a particularly sensitive time, as the #MeToo movement continues to make headlines, and not a day goes by when accusations of inappropriate treatment, or even flat out rape, are made against some high-level individual in a wide array of fields – from journalism and politics to Hollywood and the arts, and beyond.

The latest maelstrom surrounding President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is being accused – now publicly – by a women who says he attacked her while they were both in high school (an allegation he denies), makes it all the more important for Cuomo to speak out about this, particularly as he just defeated a woman in the Democratic primary and is now refocusing his efforts on the November general election, and perhaps the 2020 presidential race.

Morse, meanwhile, has not shown any signs of heeding any suggestion that he needs to step aside.

To the contrary, he is defiant, calling on Cuomo to resign because he is “the most corrupt governor in America,” and suggesting the governor call his former top aide Joe Percoco, who was found guilty of federal corruption charges, and “ask him why he’s not in jail.”