Cuomo Critic Launches Cartoon Series Featuring ‘Governor Cuomocchio’

cuomo cartoon

Critics to the left of Gov. Andrew Cuomo are ratcheting up their attacks with a new cartoon series portraying him as the Pinocchio-inspired “Governor Cuomocchio.”

The series, which is being launched by the advocacy group EffectiveNY, “will highlight Governor Cuomo’s propensity for stretching the truth and his record of failing to deliver on big promises,” according to a press release set to go out later this afternoon. Continue reading “Cuomo Critic Launches Cartoon Series Featuring ‘Governor Cuomocchio’”

De Blasio Says Mayors Will Unite to Force Washington’s Hand on Progressive Causes

Mayor Bill de Blasio meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel today in Washington. (Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel today in Washington. (Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today predicted a movement led by the nation’s mayors to force Congress’ hand on a slew of progressive issues, including new infrastructure investments in cities across the country.

In a speech in front of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this morning, Mr. de Blasio called on his fellow mayors to forge a “new national urban consensus together—not just around priorities like pre-K and paid sick leave, but around strategic investments in affordable housing and 21st-century transportation,” as well as new funding for roads and mass transit. Continue reading “De Blasio Says Mayors Will Unite to Force Washington’s Hand on Progressive Causes”

‘Past Is Prologue’: Lhota Continues Case Against Pro-Sandinista de Blasio

Joe Lhota.
Joe Lhota.

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota was back on the attack this morning, again trying to paint his rival, Bill de Blasio, as a “radical” leftist.

“There’s no doubt that my opponent has a very, very—he calls it progressive—I call it a very radical view of the world. And New Yorkers should all be concerned,” said Mr. Lhota during an appearance on WOR’s The John Gambling Show.

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Bad Messaging and ‘Bloomberg Fatigue’: The Decline of Christine Quinn

Christine Quinn concedes defeat at Chelsea watch party.
Christine Quinn concedes defeat at her Chelsea watch party.
After an electoral loss, it’s never hard to find pundits who, with the benefit of hindsight, can tell you exactly what went wrong.

Still, the long, brutal decline of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign stands out. She had dominated the early polls of the race—at one point approaching the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff. Last night, as the votes poured in, she was ultimately relegated to a distant third, holding just 15.5 percent of the primary vote.

At her somber election party, campaign staffers and surrogates acknowledged they had underestimated voters’ deep frustrations with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and demand for a change in leadership—a message seized on early by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the decisive winner in the race. “New Yorkers have made it clear that they want a very different direction,” said Ms. Quinn’s campaign spokesman Mike Morey, referring to what he coined “Bloomberg fatigue.”

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Christine Quinn Says ‘Establishment’ Label Is Totally Unfair

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty Images)
Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty Images)

You can call Christine Quinn many things, but according to the City Council speaker, “establishment candidate” isn’t one of them.

In an interview with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer this morning, the host suggested she might be the most establishment-friendly Democrat in the mayor’s race, an argument Ms. Quinn promptly shot down as she insisted her progressive roots, in fact, run deep.

“I can’t tell you how unfair I think that is,” insisted Ms. Quinn. “If you look at the record of what I’ve done, it’s been about moving this city forward to make it a better place.”

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De Blasio and Liu Both Claim ‘Most Progressive’ Crown

Bill de Blasio and John Lue. (Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio and John Lue. (Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images)

There can only be one “most progressive and consistently progressive candidate” in the mayor’s race, and two candidates–Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu–are in dispute over which one holds the honor.

“I think I present the most consistent progressive platform and I think it’s what people in this city want and need right now,” Mr. de Blasio said Monday morning during an interview on The Brian Lehrer Show when he was asked about his claim.

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