Too Hot For TV
Don't Call it a Comeback
Writers who craft the infamous “ripped from the headlines” plots on Law & Order: SVU are apparently having trouble keeping up with the ongoing scandal over former CIA Director and retired general David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer. Now that the story has grown to include another general and an FBI agent accused of sending shirtless pictures of himself to a woman the man in charge of the sex crimes-focused cop show sent a tweet begging for mercy. He also threw in Sesame Street muppet Elmo, who had a sex scandal of his own break this week.
“Memo to:FBI/CIA/NATO/SesameStreet From:SVU Writers’ Room–Please slow it down, we’re having a hard time getting this all down,” wrote SVU showrunner Warren Leight this morning.
Pants on Fire
Hurricane Sandy finally got ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner to return to the scene of the transgression that cost him his seat in the House of Representatives–Twitter. Mr. Weiner took to the social media site this morning to post a link to a video encouraging people to support storm relief efforts in the Rockaways. It was hit first tweet since he admitted sending multiple women lewd photos and messages on the site before resigning from office in June 2011.
Last weekend, State Senator Greg Ball Tweeted a photo that appears to show him without pants and the picture is making the rounds tonight courtesy of an anonymous Twitter account that’s sending the shot to various local media outlets. The picture was subsequently picked up by the website of the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, which compared it to the Anthony Weiner scandal. Mr. Ball’s staff sent The Politicker evidence the shot simply showed him getting ready for a costumed charity event.
“That was a celebrity waiters brunch and it was to raise money for a Children’s Museum, The picture was of Greg in the event in his costume,” Mr. Ball’s spokesman Joe Bachmeier told The Politicker. “He was wearing pants. … What it was was a person taking it way out of context. They were doing a good event and it’s really unfortunate they were taken out of context like this.”
New York City Comptroller and possible 2013 mayoral candidate John Liu held a reception honoring labor leaders last night at the annual New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus association weekend where State Senators John Sampson and Eric Adams defended him against the fundraising scandal he’s been battling since November. Mr. Liu also addressed the toll the allegations have taken on him and his family.
“My son, Joey, is in in sixth grade right now, and he is reading the papers, and I have to explain to him what they’re talking about and what’s really happening,” Mr. Liu said. “So it is one of the things that we go through as real people.”
Fox News cameras caught Herman Cain making a joke about Anita Hill, the attorney who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991. Mr. Cain is currently facing a litany of similar accusations of inappropriate conduct.
As more accusers come out of the woodwork, Herman Cain says ““The charges and the accusations, I absolutely reject. … They simply didn’t happen.”
Governor Cuomo names his new drug czar.
Carl Paladino lives!
The hotly contested Erie County executive race is going down to the wire.
A Million Little Pieces
This morning, Herman Cain appeared at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. to discuss his favorite topic; his “9-9-9″ tax plan. Though the conversation focused on fiscal issues, it was impossible to entirely avoid the elephant in the room–allegations which surfaced in Politico Sunday that Mr. Cain made inappropriate advances toward two women while head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 90′s.
Rising Republican star and Florida Senator Marco Rubio might have made up a dramatic story about his family immigrating to the U.S. to flee Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Documents indicate Mr. Rubio fabricated a compelling personal narrative to go with the other unique qualities that have earned him status as a top potential White House contender and prime Vice Presidential pick..