Staten Island GOP Chair Is Still Leaning Towards Lhota Despite Molinari Snub

Joe Lhota. (Photo: Getty)
Joe Lhota. (Photo: Getty)

Guy Molinari may be raging at Joe Lhota, but it doesn’t seem that anger has filtered up to the highest levels of the Staten Island Republican Party.

Mr. Molinari, a significant local power broker and a former borough president, unleashed on Mr. Lhota in the Staten Island Advance today, announcing he would withdraw his endorsement and instead back another Republican candidate, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, for mayor. Mr. Molinari said Mr. Lhota had not even returned his phone messages and thus was undeserving of his support.

“What the hell is going on?” Mr. Molinari charged. “They’re making me look bad. I still don’t have the courtesy of a stupid phone call.”

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Grimm Won’t Say Whether He Thinks Schumer Is Out to Get Him

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GOP Congressman Michael Grimm has been dogged by multiple controversies, but none are more notable than a federal investigation that, according to a New York Times report, likely stems from whether he illegally obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions during his first electoral effort in 2010. Mr. Grimm has steadfastly maintained his innocence and he has never been charged with wrongdoing, but questions remain as to what evidence spurred the probe.

One theory advanced was from Mr. Grimm’s political mentor, and occasional campaign spokesman, Guy Molinari, who has repeatedly accused Senator Chuck Schumer of “calling up” Attorney General Eric Holder and pushing the Department of Justice to investigate the Staten Island congressman, possibly as a political tactic to stop Mr. Grimm from running statewide someday.

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After Allegations, Michael Grimm No Longer A Romney Delegate [Update]

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Congressman Grimm (Photo: Getty)

Congressman Michael Grimm, one of Mitt Romney’s most vocal supporters, is no longer on his list of delegates for the Republican Convention, the Staten Island Advance reported this morning. Mr. Romney’s official list of delegates, reported last Tuesday by Capital Tonight, confirm this as well. Mr. Grimm has recently been facing allegations from the New York Times‘ sources that he engaged in criminal fundraising behavior. He has steadfastly denied the charges, but the controversy surrounding it might have been too much for the Romney campaign.

Mr. Grimm was the first GOP Congressman in New York State to endorse a presidential candidate and had subsequently emerged as one of Mr. Romney’s media surrogates, even traveling to New Hampshire and Florida to campaign on his behalf.

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Guy Molinari to Chair David Storobin's State Senate Campaign

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David Storobin, via Facebook

David Storobin, an attorney and Brooklyn GOP official, is about to get a sizable establishment boost to his prospective campaign to replace Carl Kruger in his southeast Brooklyn State Senate seat. According to sources close to Mr. Storobin’s campaign, Guy Molinari, a former Congressman and Borough President in Staten Island, will co-chair Mr. Storobin’s increasingly likely State Senate bid. Continue reading “Guy Molinari to Chair David Storobin's State Senate Campaign”

Roundup: Gingrich’s Chick Flick; Bloomberg Changes His Tune

New Gingrich watched “Bridesmaids” to prep for tonight’s Republican debate.

Mayor Bloomberg said something sort of nice about Occupy Wall Street.

Former Congressman Guy Molinari said something not-so-nice about Chuck Schumer.

State Senator Ruben Diaz is still mad about same sex marriage. Continue reading “Roundup: Gingrich’s Chick Flick; Bloomberg Changes His Tune”

Morning Read: The Obama Factor in NY-9, Cy Vance's DSK Shift

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The race to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner makes the front page of the New York Times. (via

Libya: Rebels take Tripoli, greeted as heros. Qaddafi’s two sons reportedly captured. [Kareem Fahim and David Kirkpatrick / New York Times]

2012: “Perry-Giuliani ticket would absolutely defeat the Obama-Biden,” predicts former NY GOP Chairman Powers. [Fred Dicker / NY Post]

2012: “He didn’t look presidential at all” former Staten Island borough president Molinari said of T-Paw. [Tom Wrobleski / SI Advance]

2012: “The federal debt runup was rivaled only by what we did in New York under George Pataki,” said GOP Assemblyman Kirwan. [Ken Lovett and Alison Gendar / Daily News]

NY-9: The race is “a referendum on the president and his party that is highlighting the surprisingly raw emotions of the electorate.” [Michael Barbaro / New York Times]

NY-9: Firemen endorse Weprin. [Alison Gendar / Daily News]

NY-9: “Five-figure sums” coming in from national GOP to help Turner. [Carl Campanile and Sally Goldenberg / NY Post]

Pressure: Schneiderman resisting Obama aide’s push for settlement with banks over mortgage crisis. [Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times]

Same-Sex Marriage: “One in four New York newlyweds is gay.” [Jeremy Olshan / NY Post]

Cop Arrested: “The DA is arresting cops, indicting cops,” said officer accused of raping teacher. [Jennifer Cunningham / Daily News]

DSK: “Every time she was confronted with her lies, she would blame someone else” law enforcement official said of accuser. [Rashbaum, Eligon and Dwyer / New York Times]

DSK: “Sometimes you wonder if even they [DSK and accuser] know” what really happened. [Mike Lupica / Daily News]

DSK: Accuser “repeatedly deceived prosecutors,” and will be outlined in new details to be revealed by Vance’s office shortly. [Laura Italiano / NY Post]

DSK: Accuser’s lawyer will seek special prosecutor to replace Vance. [John Eligon / New York Times]

Monserrate: Now, a bribery charge? [Mitchell Maddux / NY Post]

Labor: Cuomo’s CSEA contract “go[es] far beyond anything Bloomberg ever achieved with city unions.” [Michael Goodwin / NY Post]

Strike: Transport Workers Union Local 100 contract renewal won’t be easy. [Pete Donohue / Daily News]

Audits: DiNapoli’s report on MTA “failed to show any actual waste” and didn’t look at what really drove toll hikes. [Daily News]

Buffalo: Dem chairman’s departure and moving Assemblyman Hoyt to non-elected post clears way for Mayor Byron Brown “can act as a statesman.” [Buffalo News]

Books: One-time Paterson aide Judy Smith writing about communication industry. [Page Six / NY Post]

Sex Offenders: City of North Tonawanda’s law is stricter than state’s, lawyer representing three-time child molester suing. [Thomas Prohaska / Buffalo News]

Hugh Carey's Departure from Congress and Chuck Schumer's Rise in D.C.

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Governor Hugh Carey pictured with one of the new Hino buses in New York City, kicking the bus for emphasis. A number of buses were bought in 1981 to ease the strain on New York City's public transit. (via NYS archives. photographer not identified)

Before saving New York State, Hugh Carey served 14 years in congress representing part of Brooklyn.

The Democrat and Chronicle yesterday wrote that “Senator Charles E. Schumer was elected to Carey’s Congressional seat after Carey.”

Not exactly.

Carey gave up his seat in 1974, when he got elected governor. The person who replaced him was a man named Leo Zeferetti, a conservative Democrat from the Bay Ridge / Bensonhurst area. Schumer, in 1974, was elected to the State Assembly. Continue reading “Hugh Carey's Departure from Congress and Chuck Schumer's Rise in D.C.”