A rally hosted by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network this morning that was ostensibly held to discuss the situation in the State Senate featured all of the likely Democratic mayoral candidates blasting the New York Post for a cartoon the tabloid published in response to Politicker’s story about Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray’s, past as a lesbian activist. Mr. de Blasio, with Ms. McCray by his side, was the last of the candidates to speak. Mr. de Blasio began by thanking Ms. Sharpton for supporting him and his wife in the days since the story came out, which he said had been “painful and challenging for us.” He went on to talk about meeting Ms. McCray.
“Twenty one years ago Chirlane and I were working in City Hall for Mayor Dinkins. I met this beautiful, strong woman. And I’ve said many times, for me it was love at first sight. It may have taken Chirlane a little longer,” said Mr. de Blasio. “I got to know her and I saw a human being that I fell deeper and deeper in love with, a human being. And I am so proud of the years of struggle and activism, of what she did for women, for the LGBT community, for people of color and the anti-apartheid movement. I am so proud of this woman and the good work she did.”
Only in New York
Veteran New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams has written quite a bit on New York City politics over the years, and last night, NY1′s Inside City Hall invited her on to share her thoughts on next year’s mayoral race, which she did in her own inimitable way.
Ms. Adams was particularly displeased with Comptroller John Liu’s prospective candidacy. Mr. Liu, who majored in Mathematical Physics and went on to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers, is usually criticized for the fundraising scandal surrounding his campaign, but Ms. Adams chose to insult his intelligence.
“He’s an imbiot (sic). Imbecile. He’s an idiot. So we have to forget him because even he forgets him,” she explained.
Looks like Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the other skeptics were right–Rudy Giuliani says he has no plans to run for mayor again. We reached out to Mr. Giuliani’s office this morning after New York Post columnist Cindy Adams described “an unconfirmed—also, so far undenied—rumor” the former mayor had his eye on his old job that she said was “swirling around martinis faster than the olive.” Perhaps the people swirling that rumor might want to put down their martinis, because a spokeswoman from Mr. Giuliani’s office just called Politicker to shoot it down.
“He’s not running for mayor,” she said unequivocally.
This morning, the New York Post floated the idea of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani making yet another bid for Gracie Mansion, which few politicos in New York City took seriously. Well, you can count current Mayor Michael Bloomberg among the skeptics.
“Knowing Rudy, I think at this point in his life, I’d be shocked if he wanted to come back, but you can ask him,” Mr. Bloomberg told us during a press conference announcing a new media center in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Mr. Bloomberg also said, while he thinks it would be too late for Mr. Giuliani to run in next year’s race, he’d welcome Mr. Giuliani into the 2017 mayoral campaign.
With Friends Like These...
Timothy McDarrah, a former New York Post editor who was convicted of soliciting sex online from an undercover FBI agent posing as a 13-year-old girl in 2006 sent an email to friends and former business associates yesterday announcing his support for local media mogul Tom Allon’s mayoral bid. Mr. McDarrah’s message, which was addressed to “my fellow Americans,” included an invite to a fundraiser for Mr. Allon at the Woolworth Tower Kitchen next month.
“Tom Allon and I were high school and grad school classmates, and have been friends for over 30 years. I simply feel we could use a guy like him in City Hall,” Mr. McDarrah wrote. “Do some research, get to know him, cover his campaign. If you live in New York and vote, please consider pulling the lever for Tom in 2013.”
there you go
Just over a week ago, Queens Assembly candidate Myungsuk Lee held a press conference denouncing the New York Post for publishing reports of his newspaper, the Korean American Times, containing ads for prostitution services. At the conference, he reportedly vowed to sue the tabloid for defamation and libel, in addition to seeking a face-to-face sit down with the Post‘s chief editor to discuss the publication’s bias “against Korean-American community at large.”
Well, it looks like Mr. Lee backed down.
“Personally, I want to send a letter to the Post, but my political consultants advised me not to do it,” he told the Queens Courier while denying he intended to file a lawsuit. “It makes it worse.”
lee lashes out
Myungsuk Lee, one of many candidates vying to replace Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s soon-to-be-vacated seat, has been battered by a couple recent New York Post articles reporting the existence of prostitution ads in the newspaper he owns, the Korean American Times. But, according to a source monitoring the Korean language media, it seems Mr. Lee is not going to be taking the issue sitting down.
Mr. Lee reportedly held a press conference last Friday arguing that the alleged brothels are, in fact, legal businesses, and said he would seek to file a lawsuit against the Post for defamation and libel. In a translation provided to The Politicker, Mr. Lee further said he would seek a face-to-face discussion with the publication’s management, which he said produces articles ”against Korean-American community at large.”
The Battle Is Joined
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation today that would cut bureaucratic red tape to remove Canada geese who can damage passenger airplanes taking off from New York City airports.
The move comes after the “Miracle on the Hudson” landing in 2009 and after a Los Angeles bound Delta jet had to make an emergency landing at JFK due to a bird strike and after a JetBlue Palm Beach bound jet leaving from Westchester County airport last night had to make an emergency landing.
And, it should be noted, it puts Ms. Gillibrand on the right side of the editors of The New York Post.
Influential Albany power broker, radio host and New York Post columnist Fred Dicker is not pleased Dominican ambassador Roberto Saladin sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to support the push to create a new predominantly Latino Congressional district in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Mr. Dicker discussed Mr. Saladin’s letter on his radio show, Live From The State Capitol, this morning with his fellow Post columnist, former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin.
“First of all, the presumptuousness of it is pretty interesting,” Mr. Dicker said of the letter.
Rupert Murdoch shared some kind words for his fellow billionaire and media mogul, Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mr. Murdoch joined Twitter this weekend and his first social media musings included compliments for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, movie reviews, New Year’s resolutions and a glowing assessment of Mayor Bloomberg. “Great to see Mike Bloomberg getting some rewards for being New York’s best mayor in memory!” Mr. Murdoch wrote last night.