NRCC Says Obama’s Priorities Include ‘Martian Menus,’ ‘Robotic Squirrels’ and ‘Scaring American Families’

A graphic representation of "Martian Meals" from Sen. Tom Coburn's "Wastebook." (Photo: Coburn.Senate.gov)
A graphic representation of “Martian Meals” from Sen. Tom Coburn’s “Wastebook.” (Photo: Coburn.Senate.gov)

With the $85 billion in automatic so-called “sequester” budget cuts set to take affect tomorrow, the National Republican Congressional Committee has released a series of press releases blaming the situation on President Barack Obama’s fondness for “martian menus” and “robotic squirrels.” According to the NRCC, President Obama and House Democrats are more interested in funding wasteful programs and “scaring American families” than protecting the country from the impending, drastic cuts, so they highlighted a series of initiatives, including plans to develop food for astronauts and funding for a “Robosquirrel” used to research rattlesnake behavior. Several versions of the NRCC statement were released pairing President Barack Obama with different Democratic members of Congress.

“Most Americans will never get to order off the ‘Mars Menu’ that their taxpayer dollars are funding, but instead of cutting wasteful programs like that one, President Obama and Jim Himes are allowing cuts to important programs and services,” NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek said in the statement targeting Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes. “Rather than trying to scare Americans, Obama and Himes should agree to responsible cuts to wasteful Washington spending.” Continue reading “NRCC Says Obama’s Priorities Include ‘Martian Menus,’ ‘Robotic Squirrels’ and ‘Scaring American Families’”

Pete King Can’t Believe Rubio Has the ‘Balls’ to Fundraise in New York

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Congressman Pete King was not pleased with his fellow Republicans who opposed the federal Hurricane Sandy relief package. Accordingly, Mr. King told us he was shocked to learn that Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who’s widely seen as a potential 2016 presidential contender, has been raising cash on Wall Street after voting against the Sandy bill.

“Being from New York we’re not supposed to be suckers,” Mr. King told Politicker this morning. “It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you now make us president?'”

Continue reading “Pete King Can’t Believe Rubio Has the ‘Balls’ to Fundraise in New York”

Morning Read: ‘Andrew Cuomo’s Spotlight’

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Optimistic Headline of the Day: “Getting Screwed by DC May Pay Off for NY if Sequester Goes Through.”

Former State Senator David Storobin, who is still “considering” a City Council campaign, fired off a shot at one of the Democratic candidates, Ari Kagan, yesterday. “I’m glad Ari Kagan is now adopting my whole economic platform because he thinks it will help him win this election,” he told Politicker. “It is no wonder he always wrote about me so positively for years until his boss [media mogul] Gregory Davidzon was paid by Lew Fidler and told Ari to attack me for the very ideas that he’s running on right now. I wish Ari well, and I hope he will be an independent candidate and stop being Gregory Davidzon’s puppet.”

Continue reading “Morning Read: ‘Andrew Cuomo’s Spotlight’”

A Mayoral Campaign Fueled by the Religious, Conservative Wing of the NYC Democratic Party

Erick Salgado (Photo: Facebook)
Erick Salgado (Photo: Facebook)

As the old saying goes, politics makes strange bedfellows, and that is certainly true in this year’s mayoral election. One dark-horse candidate is being backed by an alliance made from an odd coupling of religious Jews and Evangelical Christian Latinos to support his socially conservative yet resolutely Democratic agenda. In a city—and a mayoral race—where even Republicans tend to be socially liberal, a religious, right-wing Democrat is certainly a novelty. But Pastor Erick Salgado would like to be more than that. Mr. Salgado, who lives in Staten Island and claims his Iglesia Jovenes Cristianos, or Churdch of the Young Christians, now has “around twenty” congregations “in the New York area,” said Jews and Christians with conservative religious beliefs have been denied “the respect that they deserve” from the city’s dominant political party.

“We are Democrats; we don’t want to do this in another party, we want to do this here in this one,” he explained to Politicker when we spoke with him last week in a small campaign office a few blocks from one of his churches in Bath Beach Continue reading “A Mayoral Campaign Fueled by the Religious, Conservative Wing of the NYC Democratic Party”

Donovan Richards Wins Queens Special Election

(Photo: Facebook)
(Photo: Facebook)
Donovan Richards declared victory today in the Queens special election to replace his mentor, former Councilman James Sanders, putting to rest fears that the election’s outcome would be unknown for weeks or even months in what had become a racially-charged contest.

With all absentee and affidavit votes counted, Mr. Richards padded his razor-thin 26-vote Election Day margin with another 133 votes, while his main competitor, Pesach Osina, only gathered an additional 80. This brought the unofficial tally to 2,646 for Mr. Richards and 2,567 for Mr. Osina, a wide enough margin to avoid an automatic recount. The results will be certified next week.

Continue reading “Donovan Richards Wins Queens Special Election”

Meet the Man Who Wants to Go From B-List Actor Manhattan BP

(Shawn Luckey)
Shawn Luckey’s headshot. (Photo: http://www.shawnluckey.com)

He’s a thespian and not a politician, but Da’Shawn Luckey wants to become Manhattan’s next borough president this year.

“I feel like I can offer something New York City hasn’t had in a long time,” Mr. Luckey, a southern-born actor whose personal website beckons visitors to “Enter Here to Share My Love” told Politicker. “We need someone who can show integrity and get their hands dirty … we can always try to look at what we have and try to improve upon that.” Continue reading “Meet the Man Who Wants to Go From B-List Actor Manhattan BP”

Adolfo Carrion Kicks Off His Very Unconventional Mayoral Campaign

(Adolfo Carrion)
(Adolfo Carrion)

“I know there are some Republicans here in the crowd!”

Adolfo Carrion, the ex-Democrat, grinned at his supporters and waited for the expected cheers.  They trickled in, failing to match the cheering reserved for Mr. Carrion’s many self-effacing quips or lofty promises for a nonpartisan mayoralty. For Mr. Carrion, a former Bronx Borough President trying to run for mayor as a Republican, it was an early indication of the uphill battle to come. Continue reading “Adolfo Carrion Kicks Off His Very Unconventional Mayoral Campaign”