Ulrich to Announce Congressional Plans Tonight, Meet With Party Officials Later

eric ulrich Ulrich to Announce Congressional Plans Tonight, Meet With Party Officials Later City Councilman Eric Ulrich was officially coy in an interview with The Politicker this afternoon, declining to state if he has decided to run for the Congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner.

But he did say that he was planning to announce his plans tonight on Inside City Hall on NY1 and that he would meet with the G.O.P. screening committee that would decide the Republican nominee either tonight or tomorrow–a clear indication that he is inching closer to a run.

“Very few people get to go to the House of Representatives,” he said. “There are 435 Congress men and women in the country and how many people are in America? What does the census say– 400 million people? Very few people can say that they are have been to the House of Representatives…Congress is the big game.”

Ulrich has met with State Republican Party chairman Ed Cox and former mayor Rudy Giuliani about a potential run, but he has yet to meet with the screening panel made up of party officials in Queens and Brooklyn who  will decide who will get the nomination.

Ulrich declined to say if anything could be deduced about his intentions considering that he was planning to meet with that screening committee after he announced whether or not he would run.

“Plans change, meetings get cancelled, I don’t have to go before the screening committee just because I am scheduled to show up,” he said.

A spokesman for the Queens Republican Party, Robert Hornak, expressed surprise that Ulrich planned to announce his intentions before meeting with the screening committee.

“That is interesting,” he said. “If he is interested he should be coming before the screening committee.”

Queens G.O.P. sources say that it has long been Ulrich’s intention to run for Congress, but that no one imagined that a seat would open up so soon. The race represents something of a no-lose situation for Ulrich– even if he loses, which seems likely in a heavily Democratic district, he will boost his name-recognition by running in one of the most high-profile races of the year.

Ulrich said that he had spoken with Republican legislators about redistricting and he said that they were not optimistic that the seat would be spared.

But he threw down a gauntlet to his Democratic counterparts who have been considering nominating a placeholder who can keep the seat for the next 18 months until the new lines get drawn.

“The people of the district don’t deserve a placeholder,” he said. “They deserve a Congressman.”










Remembering Fred Newman

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Fred Newman

A controversial leader within the New York City Independence Party — whose ballot line provided the margin of victory to Mayor Bloomberg’s last two re-election campaigns — passed away today Sunday, his aides confirmed.

He was 76.

Newman’s brand of psychotherapy was critically examined by a number of outlets including NY1, who, in 2007, suggested he approved of therapists having sex with their patients. His critics referred to him as a “cult leader.”

His supporters, obviously, saw him differently. Continue reading “Remembering Fred Newman”

Weiner's 2010 Challenger Wants Eric Ulrich to Run

turner Weiner's 2010 Challenger Wants Eric Ulrich to RunThe Republican challenger who got nearly 40 percent of the vote against Anthony Weiner last year said he’ll back Republican Eric Ulrich if the Councilman decides to run.

“He is an elected official, which I think would go a long way,” said Bob Turner, a retired businessman, in a telephone interview just now. Ulrich, said Turner, “has a strong base of support and represents almost 40 percent of the district, as a Councilman.”

Turner said he talks with Ulrich “all the time” and considers him a “rising star” in the party. If, for some reason, Ulrich decides not to run, Turner said he would again run for the seat “if the party asked me.”

New Jimmy McMillan Movie to Premiere Next Month [Video]

damn poster2 e1309906057646 New Jimmy McMillan Movie to Premiere Next Month [Video]“DAMN!” a feature length documentary about the gubernatorial campaign (and its aftermath) of Rent is Too Damn High Party spokesman Jimmy McMillan is slated to have a brief run at Cinema Village next August 12-19, according to the film’s director, Aaron Fisher-Cohen.

Fisher-Cohen told The Politicker that the genesis of the movie began slightly before McMillan’s legendary performance at the 2010 gubernatorial debate, but it was only afterwards that his filmmaking team knew that they had their gloved hands on a good story. Continue reading “New Jimmy McMillan Movie to Premiere Next Month [Video]”

Adriano Espaillat Hosts a House Party for Scott Stringer

stringer espaillat e1309534859203 Adriano Espaillat Hosts a House Party for Scott StringerState Senator Adriano Espaillat sent an email to supporters this afternoon, inviting them to a fundraiser tonight to benefit Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

The fundraiser, which promises both cocktails and conversation, will be at his Espaillat’s home on Park Terrace West, at the very northern tip of the borough, way up near 218th Street. The email notes that Stringer was born and raised in the neighborhood, and served as a community board member and district leader. Continue reading “Adriano Espaillat Hosts a House Party for Scott Stringer”

The Wedding Party! HRC Hosts a Same-Sex Marriage Celebration

alesi hrc fingers e1309378423818 The Wedding Party! HRC Hosts a Same Sex Marriage CelebrationWhen Republican State Senator Jim Alesi was introduced at the Human Rights Campaign party Tuesday night, celebrating last week’s passage of same-sex marriage, the audience exploded with cheers and applause.

“That’s exactly what it sounded like when I went to church on Sunday,” he said. The audience burst into laughter.

Continue reading “The Wedding Party! HRC Hosts a Same-Sex Marriage Celebration”