Mitt In Manhattan
Approximately 200 protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement showed up to protest a Mitt Romney fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria today. Aaron Black, an Occupy Wall Street organizer, said he wanted to demonstrate against the influence of money in politics.
“it was an auction happening in our city right under our noses–$2,500 a plate. Our government is not for sale,” Mr. Black told The Politicker. “This is the root of all evil corporations are not people.”
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was on hand for President Barack Obama’s trip to New York City visit last week and she shared her thoughts about the presidential visit with The Politicker.
“I thought he was inspiring, he has a record to run on, the enthusiasm, I went to two events with him, was deep and strong,” Ms. Maloney said. “When he made the comparison of where we were three years ago to where we are now, I told him we should have a bumper sticker that just says Osama bin Laden dead, American auto industry hiring and exporting. It shows the tremendous reversal in a lot of ways.”
Out of Towners
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is facing a possible recall after widespread protests over his perceived anti-union proposals, will be in New York tonight for a fundraiser sponsored by the state Republican Party. Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito released a statement expressing her “grave disappointment” with the GOP for hosting “the poster child for the austerity movement in the United States” in the five boroughs.
“Tonight, New York State Republicans will hold a fundraiser for Scott Walker, the union busting Governor of Wisconsin,” Ms. Mark-Viverito said. “At a time when people across Wisconsin prepare to submit petitions for the recall of Governor Walker, it is disheartening that Republican New Yorkers would gather to support him in an effort to subvert the democratic process.”
Prior to Mitt Romney’s fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria this afternoon, the liberal group MoveOn sent out emails announcing their intention to meet Mr. Romney with “dozens of activists” shortly after 1 p.m. MoveOn’s missive promised the “great visuals” of this cadre of demonstrators carrying signs bearing the slogan “Greed Is Good” alongside the Read More
Mitt Romney has a lunchtime fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria today.
A new Quinnipiac poll finds a majority New York voters disapprove of the way Mayor Bloomberg handled the eviction of Zuccotti Park. However, the poll also showed respondents disapprove of the way protesters have conducted themselves and are divided on the NYPD’response to the protests.
GQ interviewed “Governator” Andrew Cuomo, who said he was considered as a potential running mate for Al Gore in 2000. The governor also had a brief moment of zen: “I am fundamentally happy. And I am fundamentally at peace.
According to the New York Post, a tug of war over revenues from a healthcare company merger is holding up the taxi bill.
Out of Towners
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is in midtown Manhattan this morning hosting a “private reception” for her presidential campaign. Congresswoman Bachmann is meeting with her supporters at the Radisson Martinique on 32nd Street and Broadway.
Jon Huntsman made a date to win Ben Stein’s money on Park Avenue next week.
Congressman Peter King voiced his displeasure with Newt Gingrich.
NYPD officers ate Occupy Wall Street’s pizza.
Governor Cuomo is headed to Los Angeles where Hollywood A-Listers are hosting his first out-of-state fundraiser to thank him for legalizing same sex marriage.
Former Comptroller Alan Hevesi was denied parole and will spend another year behind bars for his role in a pay-to-play pension fund corruption scandal.
Speaking of comptrollers, advisors for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer reportedly hope he’ll take advantage of John Liu’s troubles and run for comptroller rather than entering the tougher mayoral race.
Mitt Romney’s Manhattan money raising adventures continued today with a breakfast fundraiser at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown. MoveOn.org showed up to protest him because they think he’s the “Poster Boy for Wall Street and the 1%.”