Rep. Pete King says President Barack Obama made a serious mistake today when he announced he’d seek congressional approval to attack Syria, which is accused of slaughtering its own people with chemical weapons.
Mr. King, an outspoken hawk on foreign policy matters who is flirting with his own presidential bid in 2016, accused Mr. Obama of setting a precedent that will hamstring other administrations going forward. “President Obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander-in-chief and undermining the authority of future presidents,” Mr. King argued in a statement.
Standing under a canopy of umbrellas as rain crashed down around them, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries formally endorsed Bill Thompson this afternoon–further helping to solidify institutional black support behind Mr. Thompson’s quest to become the city’s next mayor.
The Fort Greene press conference was billed as an opportunity for Mr. Jeffires to endorse the former city comptroller’s educational agenda, but instead focused on the issue of the day: stop-and-frisk.
Mr. Thompson opposes two high-profile police reform bills that are being pushed through today by the City Council. While Mr. Jeffries said he supports the bills, he argued Mr. Thompson had taken the right stance, given his role.
Of love and politics
Before he married his wife, former Congressman Anthony Weiner had a previously undisclosed relationship with an on-again-off-again congressional and campaign aide nearly two decades his junior.
In pushing back against the publication of this story, the spokeswoman for his current mayoral campaign, Barbara Morgan, phoned The New York Observer‘s editor in chief. Partially confirming the relationship, she said the two “had a personal relationship.” (At that point, Ms. Morgan stopped mid-sentence to request the conversation be continued off the record.)
In a cease-and-desist letter sent to The New York Observer today, an attorney for the woman said his client, Dolev Azaria, “vehemently denies” that she and Mr. Weiner had any romantic relationship “while Ms. Azaria was working for Mr. Weiner.”
A jury of his peers may have found George Zimmerman innocent, but–many miles away from the Sanford, Florida case–New York City lawmakers aren’t done with the controversy
The city’s congressional delegation gathered this afternoon in Lower Manhattan to condemn the trial’s verdict, while at the same time, praising the Department of Justice’s willingness to investigate the killing of 17-year-old Trayon Martin.
“The families should know, while they’ve lost their dear son, they’ve gained a groundswell of Americans who really want us to do the right thing,” said Congressman Charlie Rangel, the senior member of the delegation. “There’s no place that a young black male can go without carrying the additional burden of being a black male.”
Although former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s comptroller campaign hogged much of the limelight this week, the mayoral bid of another scandal-scarred pol, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, plodded along this afternoon as he headed into El Barrio to meet with senior citizens.
Flanked by a handful of reporters–whose ranks appear to be shrinking as the campaign wears on–Mr. Weiner entered the Casabe Houses for the Elderly, and strolled over to the cafeteria where many of the residents were busy eating fried fish with tartar sauce. After Mr. Weiner joined in, residents began to question who exactly was sitting next to them.
“No comptroller,” Mr. Weiner said, beaming, when one senior suggested he was running for that office. “That’s the other guy.”
Fire at will commander
Is he the chair of the City Council’s finance committee or a Sith Lord?
According to the campaign arm of House Republicans, it might be hard to tell with Domenic Recchia.
Don't Call it a Comeback
A scandal-scarred former congressman is running for mayor. A fallen ex-governor is running for comptroller. But Vito Fossella, a former congressman who has mused about his political return since becoming embroiled in his own sex scandal, says he isn’t planning to follow in the footsteps of Democrats Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer.
Nevertheless, Mr. Fosella, a Staten Island Republican, seemed to leave the door open to a future bid for public office.
Blast From The Past
Today’s front-page New York Times story detailing Anthony Weiner’s lack of congressional accomplishments hadn’t been published yet, but last night, Mr. Weiner suddenly found himself defending his record.
It was at a Latino-focused forum and the topic was immigration. And, as he’s done before, the former congressman blamed Republicans for the lack of movement on the issue.
“Unfortunately, every member of the Democratic caucus, you can say, didn’t get much done during the Bush years while I was on immigration committee,” the slender-framed Democrat said, pivoting to a joke. “When I got on that committee, I was six-four, 290 pounds. This is all that is left of me.”
Congressman Michael Grimm is not a fan of his Democratic opponent, Councilman Domenic Recchia.
Indeed, in a blistering, 5-paragraph statement tearing into Mr. Recchia, the Staten Island Republican called Mr. Recchia a “pathetic political hack,” “complete empty suit” and “another hypocritical, career politician … void of an original thought.”
Congressman Charlie Rangel reacted to the death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg Monday, expressing deep sadness at the loss of a long-time friend and the oldest member of the senate, whom he said America “loved so much.”
“Oh shit,” he said when told about the news of Mr. Lautenberg’s death at 89 by a reporter at a press event outside of Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem. “Oh God.”