Gov. Andrew Cuomo today did his best to undermine his new Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, suggesting Mr. Astorino might not even win his own primary.
Even as Mr. Astorino appears likely to become the Republican nominee–the only other prominent candidate, Donald Trump, said he would only run unopposed–Mr. Cuomo nevertheless cast doubt on Mr. Astorino.
“I’ve seen the movie before. I’ve run for governor before, obviously. That’s how you become governor, to state the obvious,” he said this morning, speaking on The Capitol Pressroom radio show.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat will announce his plans to challenge Congressman Charlie Rangel for the second time at a rally tomorrow in Washington Heights, according to his campaign.
The event will kick off a three-day tour across the 13th Congressional District, which Mr. Rangel is hoping to represent for a 23rd term.
Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon praised one of Congressman Charlie Rangel’s primary challengers, the Pastor Michael Walrond, but said it is too early to take sides in the race.
“I think the world of Pastor Walrond. He is a good friend,” Mr. de Blasio told Politicker when asked about his relationship with Mr. Walrond at an unrelated Harlem press conference.
During the Democratic primary, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was one of failed mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s biggest fans. But as Ms. Quinn’s chief rival, Bill de Blasio, prepares to take office, Ms. Steinem says she’s thrilled to welcome the incoming mayor following an election she said reminded her a lot of the 2008 presidential primary won by Barack Obama.
“It was a little bit like a city version of 2008,” Ms. Steinem told Politicker in an interview after a rally outside City Hall this week boosting Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker bid.
For Reshma Saujani, the third time may be the charm.
The one-time candidate for public advocate said this weekend that she definitely plans to seek elected office again, but declined to say which position she plans to run for.
Congressman Charlie Rangel officially kicked off his re-election bid in Harlem this afternoon, telling reporters that he “feels so good it scares the hell out of me” and even asking one female journalist to dance with him in celebration.
Former Gov. David Paterson has ruled out for good a run at Congressman Charlie Rangel’s seat.
“I would like to make it clear that I have no intention of running for Congress in the 13th District, either now or in the future,” Mr. Paterson said in a statement issued this morning to address recent speculation.
Inez Dickens this evening said she’s still in the running to become the next speaker of the City Council and directed some rare blows at her ally, current Speaker Christine Quinn.
Speaking after a candidates’ forum in the Bronx, the Harlem councilwoman–a front-runner in the contest before Ms. Quinn’s loss in the mayor’s race–said she remained confident in her chances, despite hitching her cart to the wrong horse.
Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio made a rare appearance in the Bronx today, greeting excited voters, handing out candy to trick-or-treating kids and talking up his campaign’s get-out-the-vote efforts in the election’s final stretch.
That didn’t go as planned.
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota was forced to come to his rival’s defense this evening after a caller on his tele-town hall called Democrat Bill de Blasio’s family “sickening.”