A reader passes along the following invitation from the state G.O.P inviting supporters to a high-dollar fundraiser featuring the former Massachusetts governor. And even though Romney’s most recent fundraising numbers were not as good as his supporters would have hoped, this invite makes clear that “Governor Mitt Romney is appearing at this event only as a special guest. Governor Mitt Romney is not asking for funds or donations.”
Romney had made a concerted push during the second quarter, in the hopes of establishing himself as the obvious front-runner. The former Massachusetts governor told donors in March that the goal was $50 million, though there seems to be some dispute over whether that was a quarterly goal, or a cumulative one for the primary. Continue reading “Romney's Second Quarter Haul: $18 M.”
But he did say that he was planning to announce his plans tonight on Inside City Hall on NY1 and that he would meet with the G.O.P. screening committee that would decide the Republican nominee either tonight or tomorrow–a clear indication that he is inching closer to a run.
“Very few people get to go to the House of Representatives,” he said. “There are 435 Congress men and women in the country and how many people are in America? What does the census say– 400 million people? Very few people can say that they are have been to the House of Representatives…Congress is the big game.”
Ulrich has met with State Republican Party chairman Ed Cox and former mayor Rudy Giuliani about a potential run, but he has yet to meet with the screening panel made up of party officials in Queens and Brooklyn who will decide who will get the nomination.
Ulrich declined to say if anything could be deduced about his intentions considering that he was planning to meet with that screening committee after he announced whether or not he would run.
“Plans change, meetings get cancelled, I don’t have to go before the screening committee just because I am scheduled to show up,” he said.
A spokesman for the Queens Republican Party, Robert Hornak, expressed surprise that Ulrich planned to announce his intentions before meeting with the screening committee.
“That is interesting,” he said. “If he is interested he should be coming before the screening committee.”
Queens G.O.P. sources say that it has long been Ulrich’s intention to run for Congress, but that no one imagined that a seat would open up so soon. The race represents something of a no-lose situation for Ulrich– even if he loses, which seems likely in a heavily Democratic district, he will boost his name-recognition by running in one of the most high-profile races of the year.
Ulrich said that he had spoken with Republican legislators about redistricting and he said that they were not optimistic that the seat would be spared.
But he threw down a gauntlet to his Democratic counterparts who have been considering nominating a placeholder who can keep the seat for the next 18 months until the new lines get drawn.
“The people of the district don’t deserve a placeholder,” he said. “They deserve a Congressman.”
A controversial leader within the New York City Independence Party — whose ballot line provided the margin of victory to Mayor Bloomberg’s last two re-election campaigns — passed away
today Sunday, his aides confirmed.
He was 76.
Newman’s brand of psychotherapy was critically examined by a number of outlets including NY1, who, in 2007, suggested he approved of therapists having sex with their patients. His critics referred to him as a “cult leader.”
His supporters, obviously, saw him differently. Continue reading “Remembering Fred Newman”
The Republican challenger who got nearly 40 percent of the vote against Anthony Weiner last year said he’ll back Republican Eric Ulrich if the Councilman decides to run.
“He is an elected official, which I think would go a long way,” said Bob Turner, a retired businessman, in a telephone interview just now. Ulrich, said Turner, “has a strong base of support and represents almost 40 percent of the district, as a Councilman.”
Turner said he talks with Ulrich “all the time” and considers him a “rising star” in the party. If, for some reason, Ulrich decides not to run, Turner said he would again run for the seat “if the party asked me.”
“DAMN!” a feature length documentary about the gubernatorial campaign (and its aftermath) of Rent is Too Damn High Party spokesman Jimmy McMillan is slated to have a brief run at Cinema Village next August 12-19, according to the film’s director, Aaron Fisher-Cohen.
Fisher-Cohen told The Politicker that the genesis of the movie began slightly before McMillan’s legendary performance at the 2010 gubernatorial debate, but it was only afterwards that his filmmaking team knew that they had their gloved hands on a good story. Continue reading “New Jimmy McMillan Movie to Premiere Next Month [Video]”
The head of the Roman Cath0lic Diocese of Brooklyn has fired another shot in the culture wars this morning with a statement urging all Catholic schools in the parish to “refuse any distinction or honors bestowed upon them this year by the governor or any member of the legislature who voted to support” same sex marriage legislation. Continue reading “Brooklyn Bishop Urges Catholic Schools to Reject Cuomo, Legislature”