Mayor Mike Bloomberg is planning to endorse Dan Quart, the Democrat running in a special election for a vacant Assembly seat on the Upper East Side, The Politicker has learned.
The move is not entirely unexpected, since Quart has the benefit of a huge registration advantage in the race against Republican Paul Niehaus. Bloomberg had previously endorsed the Democrat who held the seat, Jonathan Bing, who went to take a job in the Cuomo administration.
Bloomberg’s own 79th street
townhouse townhouses are in the Assembly district
In a letter passed along to The Politicker, Dan Isaacs, the Manhattan Republican Party chairman, who has been pushing Niehaus hard, laments the independent mayor’s “poor judgment” and accuses him of “trying to put his stamp on electing his chosen Democrats to office.”
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The buzz for Gov. Rick Perry for President has been growing in recent days, especially now that Newt Gingrich campaign appears to be imploding.
Perry is coming to New York City next week to keynote the Manhattan Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner And according to one party source, he will spend part of his time in the big city meeting with big-time Republican donors.
Perry is slated to attend a lunch at the law office of Trip Dorkey, a major Republican donor and the chairman of the Hudson River Park trust. The other slated attendees include Peter Lau, who gave $20,000 to Republican candidates and causes last year, one-time mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis, former National Black Republican Council Chair Bob Williams, Fox pundit Stephen B. Meister and New York G.O.P. finance committee chairman Matthew Mellon.
As Reid Pillifant wrote a few months ago, major Republican donors in New York remain largely uncommitted; if Perry performs well with this crowd, could it encourage him to get in the race?
After Donald Trump abandoned his presidential bid earlier this month, he abandoned his scheduled speaking appearance at the Manhattan Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner, setting off a furious reaction from county party chairman Dan Isaacs.
Well, the party goes on, as they say, and Isaacs has landed a pretty formidable back-up: Texas Governor (and possible presidential candidate) Rick Perry.
In a statement, Issacs takes pains to say that his home state would be better off if someone like Perry was running things.
“Governor Perry is the perfect example that we in New York should be looking to,” he said.
“At a time when New York ranks at or near the bottom among states in every important metric, Texas is leading the way. By focusing on keeping taxes low and fostering a fair legal and regulatory environment, Governor Perry has helped Texas attract business and residents at a time when New York has been hemorrhaging both. As a result, Texas will gain four seats during next year’s congressional reapportionment when New York will lose two.”
The release also includes praise for Isaacs from New York State G.O.P. chairman Ed Cox, which is noteworthy because Isaacs has been mentioned as a potential challenger to Cox when his term ends later this year.
Said Cox, who is also serving as a speaker at the event, “Governor Perry’s attendance at the New York County Republican Dinner proves that New York is still the center of the universe, for politics and otherwise. I congratulate Dan for bringing him to New York and look forward to helping him give Governor Perry a rousing welcome to the Big Apple.”
Perry has been flirting with a presidential run for awhile, and has recently sent particularly strong signals that he will jump into what is widely regarded as a weak Republican field.