Dems Pile on Grimm Over Fundraising Allegations; File FEC Complaint

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Congressman Grimm (Photo: Facebook)

While GOP Congressman Michael Grimm faces allegations that he accepted envelopes filled with campaign cash, contributions from straw donors and more, Democrats are not letting up.

Notably, Manny Ortegy, the Law Chair of the Staten Island Democratic Party, filed a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission, calling on them to “refer these allegations, as appropriate, for criminal prosecution.”

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Did Mitt Romney’s Dog Seek Asylum In Canada?

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Mitt Romney and his grandson petting a dog (not Seamus) during a campaign stop in 2008. (Photo: Getty)

Mitt Romney may not have told the whole truth about the scandalous tale of his Irish Setter, Seamus, being strapped to the roof of his car during a 12-hour family road trip to Canada. According to a trusted Politicker tipster, two of Mr. Romney’s sons had an off-record conversation with reporters where they revealed the dog ran away when they reached their destination on that infamous journey in 1983.

Mr. Romney’s wife, Ann, has previously said Seamus survived the trip and went on to live to a “ripe old age.” As of this writing, Mr. Romney’s campaign has not responded to multiple requests for comment on this story.  Continue reading “Did Mitt Romney’s Dog Seek Asylum In Canada?”

Christine Quinn, Another Satisfied Auto Body Shop Customer?

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Is it Council Speaker Christine Quinn, or Kim Morrison, another satisfied customer?

Is City Council Speaker Christine Quinn living a double life in Massachussetts? Does she have an identical twin named Kim Morrison?

These are just two of the many thoughts going through the Politicker team’s head upon stumbling on a flier for JB Auto C.A.R.E., an auto mechanic shop in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

In addition to offering free brake inspections and picture-perfect car repair, the flier, sent to Politicker from a reader in the Bay State, prominently used a photo of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to shill for the quality of their business.

Only the name slapped on next to Ms. Quinn’s face was not the Council Speaker’s, but “Kim Morrison.”

“Dealing with JB Auto Care has been the best experience I have ever had with car repair,” the satisfied customer says. “I’ve been letting people know and will continue to do so. Thank you.”

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New York GOP Accuses Gillibrand of Hypocrisy With Insider Trading

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Kirsten Gillibrand (Photo: Wikimedia)

The New York Republican State Committee blasted Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today, accusing her of benefiting from inside information when she was in the House of Representatives. Ms. Gillibrand is currently championing the fight to ban insider trading for federal representatives, which State GOP Chairman Ed Cox claims is hypocritical.

“In purporting to be a champion of insider trading reform – in a fundraising appeal no less – Ms. Gillibrand may be being too cute by half,” he said in a statement this morning. “This may not pass the smell test.”

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Another Education Official Departs For News Corp

power dressing at work 1111 4 de2 Another Education Official Departs For News CorpSchools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced that Natalie Ravitz, the communications  director for the Department of Education, will be leaving her post next month to take a job at News Corporation as chief of staff to Rupert Murdoch.

Ms. Ravitz marks the second high profile poaching of a DOE staffer by News Corp. Last year, Mr. Walcott’s predecessor, Joel Klein, left to head up a new education division at the media conglomerate.

“Natalie has been an integral part of my cabinet and close confidante since I took over as Chancellor, and I want to thank her for her sharp insight, strategic vision, and commitment to advancing our education agenda,” Chancellor Walcott said in a statement. “We will miss her, but wish her nothing but the best as she begins this exciting new journey.

Ms. Ravitz came to the Department of Education after serving as staffer to California Senator Barbara  Boxer, where she was named “One of DC’s Most Eligible Singles” by Politico. At the Dept. of Education, she took the lead in the city’s controversial effort to expand sex education instruction. Her wardrobe earned her some attention as well.

“Working with the talented people here at the Department of Education and City Hall has been an incredible experience,” Ms. Ravitz said. “I leave with great admiration and affection for my colleagues, and in particular for Chancellor Walcott and Mayor Bloomberg, who have allowed me to be a part of their amazing efforts to transform New York City’s school system. While I am sad to say goodbye, I am very excited to begin this new challenge with one of the most dynamic companies in the world.”

We wish her well in her new post.




New England Pols Make More Futile Bets Against The Giants

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The New York Giants logo, a beautiful symbol of excellence.

More New England lawmakers are making ill-fated bets with their New York counterparts that the loathsome and karmically-challenged New England Patriots will beat our beloved Giants in this weekend’s Super Bowl. Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his “friendly wager” with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Today, the governors and two senators joined the fray.  Continue reading “New England Pols Make More Futile Bets Against The Giants”

Gary Ackerman Posts $50k Raised; $500k in Bank

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Congressman Ackerman (Photo: Facebook)

Congressman Gary Ackerman, who could see his Queens and Nassau district lumped together with another seat when New York loses two Congressional Districts this cycle, posted a relatively modest campaign haul this cycle, just $52,000. However, the Congressman does have a solid amount of campaign cash on hand, almost exactly $500,000.

This places him in a relatively decent position should his district be combined with recently elected GOP Congressman Bob Turner. Mr. Turner reported just $72,000 in his campaign account last week.

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