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.”
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.
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 Politickerfrom 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.”
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.”
Schools 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.
“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.”
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.