Stating The Obvious
Ron Paul’s wife, Carol Wells Paul, is voting for her husband. Ms. Paul made sure her intentions were clear by voting for Mr. Paul in a Facebook poll started by a local NBC affiliate in Richmond, Virginia that asked the question “With Santorum out of the race, we want to know who you would vote for if the election were held today?” Presumably, Ms. Paul was also voting for her husband before Mr. Santorum left the race.
Ben Romney, the thirtysomething son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, weighed in on the ongoing controversy surrounding his mother, Ann Romney, by writing a Facebook note in her defense early this morning. Ben refuted Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen’s charge Ms. Romney “never worked a day in her life” by describing her “demanding” work raising him and his five brothers.
“Growing up, we never had a nanny or a ‘mommy’s helper.’ Never went to daycare,” Ben wrote. “I was just one out of five, but always felt like I was the most important thing in her life. For my Mom to raise us 5 boys, the way she did, was, in my mind, the most demanding – and hopefully rewarding – work she could have done.”
Newt Gingrich has made his mark on this presidential race with his “big ideas” and his desire to have three hour marathon debate with anyone who will take him on. With his victory in this week’s Georgia primary and polls showing him leading in Alabama and Mississippi, Mr. Gingrich is preparing to make a “last stand” in the race for the Republican nomination although he’s well behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in the delegate count. Since it’s probably Mr. Gingrich’s last hurrah and, well, since it’s Friday afternoon, we decided it would be a good time to release a treasure trove of odd Gingrich family photos we found deep in the recesses of Facebook that give a very special, behind-the-scenes look at the candidate and his third wife, Callista. Check out our slideshow to see Newt as you’ve never seen him before; having his makeup done, hanging out at Auschwitz, going on safari, hobnobbing with classic rock stars, eating egg-on-a-stick and communing with our founding fathers.
Never Gonna Give You Up
Though all the major news outlets have projected a win for Mitt Romney in last night’s crucial Michigan primary, Rick Santorum’s campaign operatives are clearly unwilling to accept their candidate’s loss. According to CNN, Mr. Santorum called Mr. Romney to congratulate him before making a speech to supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan last night, but as Mr. Santorum was on stage, his campaign manager, Mike Biundo posted a picture of the moment on his Facebook page and titled it “Rick Santorum’s Victory Night Michigan.” After the speech was over, Mr. Santorum’s top strategist, John Brabender, told reporters, “We may have won Michigan.”
Law & Order
Jia “Jenny” Hou, the 25-year-old treasurer of John Liu’s mayoral campaign was arrested on fraud charges this morning for allegedly ”participating in a scheme that used ‘straw donors’ to funnel to the campaign” with “large, illegal contributions that were well above the individual limit.” Her Facebook page indicates Ms. Hou is a native of Beijing who lives in Flushing and has studied at Rutgers. Ms. Hou is the second person arrested in conjunction with the investigation into Mr. Liu’s fundraising.
The Vallone Zone
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., The Politicker’s favorite social media political pundit, responded to the news about a piece of the Queensboro bridge falling on a passing car with a Facebook post criticizing the money spent renaming the bridge after former Mayor Ed Koch and expressing the hope he never has to read about a “chunk of Ed Koch.’”
“i guess we should have spent all that sign changing money on repairing the bridge??” Mr. Vallone asked.
The Vallone Zone
Thanks to the ongoing contract dispute between Time Warner Cable and the ownership of the New York Knicks, Councilman and social media enthusiast Peter Vallone Jr. wasn’t able to watch Jeremy Lin play at his house last night. Despite missing the basketball game, Mr. Vallone didn’t lose his sense of humor and he posted a somewhat politically incorrect joke on his Facebook wall this morning.
“so since i cant see jeremy lin on cable because MSG wants a 53% increase, i did the next best thing and took my daughters to applebees last night and had the ‘sizzling asian’ special,” he wrote.
After some of his Facebook friends took umbrage at his remarks, Mr. Vallone refused to back down. He penned a defiant response on the site about an hour ago.
“to the few of you who thought my applebees post was insensitive, i’m sorry…that you have no sense of humor. please de-friend me (i need the space) so you are not traumatized by any future posts. you apparently have me confused with other politically correct electeds,” Mr. Vallone wrote.
The Vallone Zone
A Giants fan hurled insults at Gisele Bündchen, wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, as she left the Super Bowl last weekend, but the supermodel has at least one defender in New York City: Councilman Peter Vallone.
Ms. Bündchen’s responded to the fans shout of “Eli owns your husband!” by criticizing Mr. Brady’s teammates. Her remarks have become earned her many enemies in Boston, but Mr. Vallone argued the Giants fan who mocked Ms. Bündchen acted even more inappropriately than the supermodel herself.
“yeah giselle said some classless things,” Mr. Vallone wrote on his Facebook wall. “you know what’s even more classless? grown men shouting at and harassing a woman.”
Occupy Wall Street used donations to spend $140 on tobacco and $3,000 on “Halloween puppet supplies.”
Mayor Bloomberg is considering holding a parade for Iraq War vets.
Governor Cuomo is inviting New Yorkers to spend New Year’s Day with him.
Councilman Lew Fidler is preparing to run for the State Senate seat in Brooklyn’s 27th District that was vacated after Carl Kruger resigned after pleading guilty to corruption charges. Councilman Fidler revealed his plans in a Facebook post last night where he solicited support from his friends.
“Folks, as I prepare to announce my candidacy for the State Senate seat vacated by Carl Kruger, I am compiling a list of folks who are involved with community organizations who I can list as supporters,” Councilman Fidler wrote. “If you are willing—BLESS YOU—please contact me here on Facebook or by email.”