The International Man
Mayor Bill de Blasio today weighed in on the escalating tensions in the Ukraine, where a standoff with the Russian military has led to a full-blown international crisis.
The new mayor, who seems eager to comment on foreign policy topics, including Israel and sanctions against Iran, sharply criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for his incursion into the Crimean peninsula.
Congressman Pete King made it clear today he will probably never smoke a peace pipe with Vladimir Putin.
Mr. King, the former chair of his chamber’s homeland security host, told ABC radio host Geraldo Rivera that he wants a “more sustained policy” against Russia in the wake of the violent protests that have rocked neighboring Ukraine.
A senior American official has already apologized for uttering “fuck the E.U.” in a leaked phone conversation, but Congressman Peter King commended her sentiment this morning in a radio interview, telling the host, “good for her.”
Mr. King told radio host Geraldo River that he agreed with the comments made by Victoria Nuland, the country’s top diplomat for European and Eurasian affairs, and made it clear he is absolutely not a fan of the European Union–which he called “self-righteous.”
Uttering Russian phrases and offering paeans to Soviet military sacrifices, the Democratic candidates for mayor battled for the affections of elderly Russians at a forum in Brooklyn earlier tonight.
All of the mayoral candidates, except absent Council Speaker Christine Quinn, strained to relate to the relatively conservative, Russian-speaking crowd packed into the first floor of Read More
Secrets and subterfuge
Over the past weekend, two Russian-American pols, embittered rivals running for the same City Council district this year, escorted their preferred mayoral hopefuls along the Brighton Beach boardwalk.
First, on a sultry Friday afternoon, Democrat Ari Kagan led Comptroller John Liu through the elegant Tatiana Restaurant on the boardwalk, greeting voters in the middle of a late lunch. Two days later, Republican David Storobin brought Joe Lhota, a former deputy mayor in the Giuliani Administration, to do the same exact thing
And, although mayoral politics may have been the theme of the day, the political animosity from their respective Council campaigns was very present as well.
In a scathing letter to labor unions and progressive political clubs, Democratic Councilman Lew Fidler accused fellow Democrat Igor Oberman, who is seeking to represent a neighboring district, of leaking information to his one-time Republican opponent.
Mr. Fidler entered a hotly-contested special election for the State Senate last year, losing by only 13 votes. One of the contributing factors to the loss, Mr. Fidler said, was Mr. Oberman passing along campaign secrets to his GOP rival, David Storobin. Mr. Fidler argued that these actions should disqualify Mr. Oberman, who has positioned himself as the most left-wing candidate in his southern Brooklyn City Council race.
“Igor Oberman purported to support me. In actuality, he was a ‘mole’ inside my campaign for Storobin,” Mr. Fidler charged.
World leaders gathered in Los Cabos, Mexico for the seventh annual Group of 20 summit on Monday. As part of the festivities, all of the assembled heads of state posed for a cheerful family photo–except for one. According to the White House pool report from the photo shoot filed by the Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee, photographers asked the leaders to wave for the cameras and Russia’s once and future strongman Vladimir Putin declined to pose for the picture.
“They all said to wave to the cameras, and most of them did. President Putin didn’t wave,” Ms. Lee wrote.
Mayor Bloomberg believes teenage girls should have access to morning-after contraceptives.
Chris Christie texted Joe Scarborough to complain about liberal guests on “Morning Joe.”
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants Governor Cuomo to sign the taxi bill.
Potential 2013 mayoral candidate Greg Floyd took a shot at John Liu.