Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s gossipy, somewhat controversial bestseller about the 2008 presidential campaign—filled with plenty of juicy Sarah Palin anecdotes—recently received the HBO adaptation treatment. Julianne Moore’s role as the former Governess of Alaska and vice-presidential would-be is one of the more highly anticipated actor-politician roles in recent history, and Read More
Eric Ulrich , the youthful Queens City Councilmember who has been deputized as Mitt Romney’s campaign chairman in New York City, defended the Massachusetts governor’s use of Congressman Michael Grimm as a top surrogate for his presidential campaign.
“These are just accusations. The last time I checked people are innocent until proven guilty,” he said.
Over the weekend, a story in The New York Times detailed how Mr. Grimm, a freshman lawmaker from Staten Island, raised more than $500,000 through an Israeli citizen now being investigated by the F.B.I over accusations that he embezzled millions of dollars from Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, a famed Manhattan rabbi. According to the story, Mr. Grimm and the Israeli set up straw donors to secure money over the legal limit.
Mr. Grimm was in Florida last week campaigning for Mr. Romney, and had been in New Hampshire on the campaign’s behalf during the primary there.
“I believe that Michael is an asset to the Republican Party and his constituents are very lucky to have him,” Mr. Ulrich said. “In this business anybody can be accused of anything. I am sure that his name will be cleared and his reputation will not be tarnished by this. I believe he will move on and continue to do a great job.” Continue reading “Top Romney Backer Says Campaign Should Keep Michael Grimm Around”
Mayor Bloomberg has set an ambitious agenda for his final two years in office. No, not finally fixing the schools, reforming the pensions or redeveloping Willets Point. Those are the easy ones.
“You should know that Frank and I had a conversation backstage,” the mayor said at the opening of the Signature Theater today, “and we both committed to each other that we would get 10 more Frank Gehry projects going here—in the next 700 days. If my math is any good, Frank, that is one every 70 days, so we should meet some time later today to get going.”
New York has actually faired quite well in the Frank Gehry department. Read More
Marc Cenedella, the CEO of TheLadders.com who faced growing criticisms over blog posts on his website, announced this evening that he would not be challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand after all.
“I will not be running for the United States Senate in 2012. I have given a run careful consideration, and I believe Senator Gillibrand is beatable,” he said in a statement. “Her early and unfounded attacks on me, her weak poll numbers, and her lethargic quarterly fundraising results all point to a politician in trouble — and encourage me to challenge her.”
Nassau County Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy showed she wasn’t going to take her reelection efforts for granted by raising $211,000 this cycle, Politicker has learned. This puts her total amount of money in the bank at $636,000.
As mentioned when Politicker reported neighboring Congressman Gary Ackerman’s fundraising totals this afternoon, Ms. McCarthy represents a district that could theoretically be vulnerable in the redistricting process.
Things are certainly heating up quickly in the special election to replace Carl Kruger in the State Senate.
David Storobin, the Republican candidate, held a press conference this afternoon to call his Democratic opponent, Councilman Lew Fidler, to “apologize for false, malicious remarks.” The initial remarks in question came from a video posted on Sheepshead Bites, where Mr. Fidler said Mr. Storobin “is busy scrubbing what little history he has because he’s embarrassed about his ties to skinheads, and neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist groups.”
While living in a celebrity’s former digs may boost your status on the cocktail party circuit, do abodes previously inhabited by politicians hold the same cache?
Michael Gales, who resides in a studio at 333 East 66th Street, was convinced Mayor Bloomberg had lived in the apartment years before, according to The Times. Having heard stories from past residents about the mayor’s life in apartment 9N, Mr. Gales fancied he was sitting on a hot piece of politico property.
Indeed, the mayor had lived at that address for almost 10 years but, it turned out he lived in different apartment down the hall. Read More