Running up the Score
Talk about hitting close to home.
As Bill de Blasio rocketed to victory in last night’s mayoral primary, his two leading rivals not only lost overall–they also got beat in their own election districts.
In City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s home Chelsea voting district, which is part of her larger council district, she fell to Mr. de Blasio 43 to 34 percent. While that 43 percent amounted to only 123 votes for the public advocate, it was nonetheless symbolic of his astounding night.
At a press conference defending the NYPD today, Republican mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis found himself defending one of his own supporters, who was reportedly under investigation, as well.
This morning, the New York Post reported that Manhattan Republican Party Chairman Dan Isaacs was allegedly recorded musing over a bribe offer from an undercover agent in a federal investigation that has already resulted in corruption charges against multiple Republican party officials.
Spitting on Spitzer
Congressman Jerry Nadler, a long-time ally of comptroller hopeful Scott Stringer, ripped into Mr. Stinger’s high-profile rival today after watching the two candidates slug it out on television last night.
“It’s not even primarily the fact that he patronized a prostitute,” Mr. Nadler told Politicker of ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who is currently ahead in the polls. “It’s that he was prosecuting people for the same thing he was doing–that’s the hypocrisy.”
Blast From The Past
Some campaigns point to endorsements from powerful labor unions. Others tout backing from notable elected officials and political clubs.
Upper West Side Councilwoman Gale Brewer boasted today about her former interns.
“Council Member Gale Brewer has been known since she was elected to office, and even prior, for enlisting interns that could make US Senators jealous,” declared the release from her campaign. “During her tenure in the City Council, Gale offered countless internships in her district and city hall offices. “
The Fourth Estate
Manhattan City Councilman Robert Jackson has a message for the New York Post: Lay off Anthony Weiner’s wife.
Mr. Jackson, who is also running for Manhattan borough president, went on a brief solo rant this afternoon, condemning a recent Post editorial column on former Congressman Anthony Weiner that featured a fake byline from Mr. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
“It crossed the line, in my opinion, of decency,” Mr. Jackson proclaimed on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, a huge foam board depicting the paper’s Sunday story behind him. “We need to stop all this sensationalism … I’m asking the New York Post, stop it!”
He doesn’t plan on being steamrollered.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who up until tonight was unopposed in the Democratic primary and the overwhelming front-runner for city comptroller, appears ready to greet his new opponent, former Governor Eliot Spitzer, head on.
Adriano Espaillat could not go a single day without a text message, email or phone call from a mayoral campaign operative eager to tout his or her candidate’s momentum. His last name doesn’t carry the weight of a Clinton or Cuomo, but the Manhattan state senator was like Helen of Troy to the many political strategists and surrogates clashing in the most competitive Democratic mayoral primary in more than a decade.
“At the beginning, it felt special. Now it’s very taxing,” Mr. Espaillat told Politicker of the lobbying efforts in the days before making up his mind. “I get phone calls, text messages, emails. I get surrogates calling constantly, union leaders, activists and even friends I know, personal friends involved in the campaigns.”
“They call every day. Every single day,” he marveled.
Ben Kallos, a candidate for City Council on the Upper East Side, was apparently offering campaign internships in the south Bronx.
That was according to the campaign website of Pedro Alvarez, a Bronx City Council candidate, which bore a striking resemblance to the website of Mr. Kallos. Under an “internships” section that was removed after Politicker contacted the Alvarez campaign, the text was identical to the Kallos site, even going as far as to mention Mr. Kallos several times.
Manhattan GOP Chair Dan Isaacs assured his supporters in an email today that he has nothing to do with the alleged political bribery scheme that has already led to six arrests across the state.
“Nonetheless, if anyone harbors concern that there is ‘another shoe to drop’ here in Manhattan, I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that there is not,” Mr. Isaacs wrote. “Anyone who knows me and has worked with me during my involvement with the Republican Party knows that I value personal integrity over all else.”
New York City isn’t exactly known for an abundance of conservative residents, but that hasn’t stopped a war from breaking out among dueling right-leaning meetings. For years the monthly Monday Meeting has been the premier gathering for conservatives in the five boroughs, drawing Republican politicians, presidential candidates and pundits. However, one of the meeting’s founders has split off and created his own gathering that, according to one tipster, is leading to “confusion” among “well-intentioned” conservatives.