Money money money
President Barack Obama returned to the city this afternoon for a trio of star-studded fund-raising events.
Mr. Obama’s first stop was the West Village home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, where about 65 people paying between $16,200 and $20,000 gathered around tables draped in white linen to hear the president speak.
Long Island Congressman Steve Israel, last seen facing off with Rep. Jerry Nadler over whose Jewish deli was superior, has expanded his competitive food interests to pizza. And at a New York event this weekend for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Mr. Israel presented a chocolate-covered pizza to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to argue the Empire State’s pizza is, in fact, better than her native California’s.
Hard Day's Night
The folks at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are apparently freaking out about a new national poll that shows Mitt Romney tied with President Barack Obama. After Gallup put out their three day tracking poll today showing both candidates tied at 47 percent among registered voters, the DCCC responded with a rather panicky fundraising email.
“We could hardly sleep last night. Have you seen this poll?” the email begins before showing the Gallup numbers.
Somebody's Watching Me
Gary DeLong says he, his wife and his six year old daughter are being stalked by operatives working with his rival in a California House race. Mr. DeLong released a web video today documenting what he says is his family being tailed through the streets by “a tracker” sent by his Democratic opponent in California’s 47th Congressional District, Alan Lowenthal. Footage in Mr. DeLong’s ad shows him walking around Long Beach’s annual Greek Festival with his wife and child while being closely followed by a young, blonde woman wielding a video camera.
“The lady following Gary? That’s not his videographer,” text explains in Mr. Delong’s video. ”Unfortunately Lowenthal and his party bosses felt it necessary to intrude on Gary’s quality family time by sending a tracker to record his every move.”
Democratic political consultant James Carville warned Democrats to expect a tough presidential race in a fundraising email entitled “nightmare” that he wrote on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Mr. Carville, a television pundit and key strategist on President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign blamed his nightmare scenario on a “plot to buy the election” enacted by the Koch brothers, “big-oil” billionaires and Republican super PACs.
“I want to tell you that President Obama has a second term in the bag. I want to tell you that the Koch Brothers are giving up their plot to buy the election,” Mr. Carville wrote. “But here’s where things really stand: We’re gonna have to go through hell and high-water to win this damn thing It’s gonna be hard. Every big-oil billionaire and Republican Super PAC is throwing the kitchen sink at President Obama.”
hakeem the dream
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, fresh off his dominating June 26th primary victory for Congressman Ed Towns’ seat, looks like he’s already set to be a player down in Washington D.C.
For one, Mr. Jeffries has been named a “Majority Maker” by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a title that carries the expectation of raising campaign cash for Democrats in competitive districts. And, as POLITICO reported it, “Those who participate might get plum committee assignments or general gratitude from important friends when they arrive on Capitol Hill.”
It looks like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will probably win the award for the most creative press release title this week.
“Foreign Chinese prostitution money is allegedly behind the groups funding Congressman Michael Grimm’s (NY-11) Republican Majority,” a statement sent out by the organization began.
Yesterday, Congressman Michael Grimm declared his love for his pooch Sebastian and encouraged his entire staff to bring their dogs to his Washington D.C. and district offices for Take Your Dog To Work Day, a fairly innocent and non-threatening endeavor. Nevertheless, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, always aggressively eager to highlight the serious fundraising allegations leveled against Mr. Grimm, has done it again and seized upon Mr. Grimm’s puppy love to push their message.
“Congressman Grimm’s latest excuse not to talk about his legal and ethical problems?” the DCCC proclaimed in a statement this morning, pumping up the news of the continuing FBI investigation. “He is too busy playing with his puppy, trying to lighten the mood of staffers worried about impending interviews with the FBI.”
In a fundraising solicitation for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee yesterday evening, Rep. Joe Crowley opened the request by declaring, “Every New Yorker should know about this.”
What does every New Yorker need to know about? Why it’s a Wall Street Journal report of former Governor George Pataki opening up a Super PAC to impact New York’s Congressional races.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had some fun PhotoShopping Republican Rep. Michael Grimm in a press release today.
The DCCC used the presidential primary coming to New York later this month to highlight a possible fallout between Mitt Romney and Mr. Grimm following allegations of illegal fundraising to create a poster similar to the movie He’s Just Not That Into You.