Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave an unusually animated speech in front of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network this morning, at one point borrowing a phrase from the once controversial civil rights leader.
“The reverend used a new term … ‘agitation freaks.’ I love that one, I love that. Albany has a lot of agitation freaks,” the governor told the audience at the House of Justice in Harlem, using the term Mr. Sharpton had coined to describe people who are angry all the time just for the sake of being angry.
Newly-elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Rev. Al Sharpton went after the media this morning, accusing the city’s news outlets of being out-of-touch with voters.
In her first major appearance since Wednesday’s vote crowning her the second-most-powerful elected official in the city, the progressive firebrand told Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network in Harlem that this year’s election victories signaled a sea change in New York that the mainstream media resisted.
Rev. Al Sharpton welcomed “presumptive” Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio to his Saturday National Action Network rally this morning, where he declared that the identity politics of 20 years ago had given way to a new reality.
“What the election showed the other night is that a lot of the identity politics of 20 years ago, 30 years ago, has now become identity politics of policy,” he told the audience. “Bill Thompson did very well in some white areas, Bill de Blasio did well in some black areas. You can no longer take yesterday’s maps for today’s politics.”
The mayoral candidates made their final pilgrimage to Rev. Al Sharpton’s House of Justice this morning, making their case to Harlem voters as they scramble for support in the campaign’s final stretch.
All of the Gracie Mansion hopefuls have been aggressively courting black support, crisscrossing black neighborhoods and vying for the endorsements of prominent black leaders. But one of the biggest prizes–Mr. Sharpton himself–has chosen to stay mum–a decision that has been seen as a particular blow to Bill Thompson, the only black candidate in the race.
The overtones were impossible to ignore this morning as Mr. Sharpton took pains to stress that he wasn’t playing favorites and tried to convince those in the audience that there was no bad blood between him and the five candidates present: Bill de Blasio, Christine Quinn, John Liu, Anthony Weiner and Mr. Thompson.
The Rev. Al Sharpton walked away unimpressed following Anthony Weiner’s first campaign appearance in front of his National Action Network in Harlem Saturday morning.
Mr. Sharpton, who met privately with the former congressman before they each took to the stage, worried about what he described as a lack of substance on the part of the candidates.