“Add former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to the list of high-profile Republicans to snub GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. Giuliani is not expected to back the Westchester County executive in his run against Gov. Cuomo, but will instead remain on the sidelines, a source close to the former mayor said …”
Rudy, along with Ed Cox and the RINO Senate Republicans are responsible for running the party and the state into the ground. They aren’t an asset and Astorino should do a presser publicly thanking Rudy for staying as far away from him as possible.
Jul 31, 2014 Politics
“In an escalation of the confrontation between the United States attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over the governor’s cancellation of his own anticorruption commission, Mr. Bharara has threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering. The warning, in a sharply worded letter from Mr. Bharara’s office, came after several members of the panel issued public statements defending the governor’s handling of the panel, known as the Moreland Commission, which Mr. Cuomo created last year with promises of cleaning up corruption in state politics but shut down abruptly in March …”
I get the feeling he’s going to drop a bomb on Cuomo.
“Gov. Cuomo’s reputation has been severely damaged and his chances of running for president destroyed by revelations that he interfered with the Moreland Commission’s efforts to probe political corruption, influential Democrats have told The Post …”
I think he did himself in, at least on the national stage, with the SAFE Act. What Moreland has done is made very public how Andrew (and Albany) operates in private.
“… The Democrats, who called the disclosures in last week’s New York Times “a political game changer” and a “Cuomo nightmare,’’ said the scandal would also provide the first real boost to the campaign of Cuomo’s long-shot Republican rival, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Aides to Astorino said over the weekend that they’ve seen a “significant uptick’’ in offers of support and campaign fund-raising as a result of the scandal — with $500,000 contributed over the past few days …”
Does this mean Chris Christie is now going to back Astorino, like other Republican Governors are? I think Christie hurt his own ’16 presidential ambitions by not supporting Astorino, and not just by decling to support a fellow Republican, but because it shows Christie wasn’t paying much attentional to the politics surrounding a potential opponent.
” … Insiders described Cuomo as “humiliated’’ and “paralyzed’’ and unable to develop a strategy to respond. “If Cuomo had a good argument to make he’d make it, but he doesn’t know what to do,’’ said a source close to the governor …”
I’m going with him continuing to be an asshole. It’s gotten him this far in politics.
“… The collateral damage from Cuomo’s actions to his fellow Democrats is considerable. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who, like Cuomo, has remained silent, was a central figure in the commission’s probe since he named several of its members and then granted them law-enforcement status. Yet Schneiderman, who said he was being kept regularly informed about the commission’s activities, said not a word about Cuomo’s actions. Either the hyper-political Schneiderman violated his promise to keep in touch with what was occurring — an unlikely situation — or he simply kept his mouth shut, insiders at the Capitol agree …”
I am included to believe it is the former. Schneiderman and Cuomo hate each other. It is my understand they hardly ever talk.
“… Meanwhile, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Moreland co-chair and Cuomo political ally who is running for a congressional seat on Long Island, also kept her mouth shut as Cuomo meddled with the commission and has yet to explain why …”
That’s great if it knocks out her Congressional campaign, but unlike Cuomo and Schneiderman, she would still have her job as Nassau D.A. until ’17.
Jul 27, 2014 Jurisprudence
A federal judge in Washington, D.C. overturned the city’s prohibition on carrying firearms outside the home. Judge Frederick Scullin cited both the Heller and McDonald decisions in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia.
I have no idea what, if any, impact this will have in the NYSRPA lawsuit against NYC Title 38.
The New York Times hits Governor Cuomo hard, “Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission“:
“… [The Moreland Commission] was barely two months old when its investigators, hunting for violations of campaign-finance laws, issued a subpoena to a media-buying firm that had placed millions of dollars’ worth of advertisements for the New York State Democratic Party … Word that the subpoena had been served quickly reached Mr. Cuomo’s most senior aide, Lawrence S. Schwartz. He called one of the commission’s three co-chairs, William J. Fitzpatrick, the district attorney in Syracuse. “This is wrong,” Mr. Schwartz said, according to Mr. Fitzpatrick, whose account was corroborated by three other people told about the call at the time. He said the firm worked for the governor, and issued a simple directive: “Pull it back.” …”
Larry Schwartz was involved? Here’s my shocked face.
“… The pulled-back subpoena was the most flagrant example of how the commission, established with great ceremony by Mr. Cuomo in July 2013, was hobbled almost from the outset by demands from the governor’s office … many commissioners and investigators saw the demands as politically motivated interference that hamstrung an undertaking that the governor had publicly vowed would be independent. The commission developed a list of promising targets … The panel also highlighted activities that it saw as politically odious but perfectly legal … But a three-month examination by The New York Times found that the governor’s office deeply compromised the panel’s work, objecting whenever the commission focused on groups with ties to Mr. Cuomo or on issues that might reflect poorly on him …”
Is this the beginning of the end for Andrew?
Jul 23, 2014 Elections 2014
“… Eldridge said he does not support New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, arguing that it was rushed through to adoption, but said he does support “common sense” federal background checks for people purchasing firearms. Eldridge, who said he owns a shotgun for home defense, said he believes there is a way to balance Second Amendment rights and protecting innocent lives …”
That’s code for him supporting the Bloomberg-agenda.
NRA is hiring a paid campaign field rep. to run a GOTV effort for incumbent Chris Gibson.