Dominic Carter's blog
The race for governor is starting to heat up---but not necessarily between the candidates.
Instead it’s the top democrats.
Soon to be Democratic nominee for Governor Andrew Cuomo and the powerful speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver.
Of course both men are downplaying a disagreement.
Cuomo has started doing media interviews and Monday told Fred Dicker, the state editor of the NY Post ( on Talk Radio 1300 AM in Albany) he did not see Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver as an "obstacle" to his agenda.
Political consultant Basil Smikle is off and running against Harlem State Senator Bill Perkins.
You might as well call this the race over choice. That is charter school choice.
Perkins does not support charters, but the problem that could cost Perkins his job is his position does not sit well with many parents in the district.
Smikle came out on the attack Thursday afternoon in Harlem:
In the suburban battleground area of nearby Westchester County- The race for governor is about to officially begin.
As State Democrats meet, they can forget Governor Paterson’s poll numbers, and start the coronation towards the future. It’s Andrew Cuomo moment in the sun.
It was be interesting to see how Cuomo is nominated and how he accepts his party’s backing?
What role does his father (Democratic icon and three term N.Y. Governor Mario Cuomo) play at the convention, if any?
One of the more hotly contested races to keep an eye on this year is once again the battle for State Attorney General.
Not lost on any candidate running for AG:
- The job of New York Attorney General has been national in stature.
- Election to NY Attorney General has been a very successful stepping stone into the Governor’s mansion. Notably Elliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo. (should the polls end up being accurate)
And adding to the unpredictability of this race is Cuomo's request for a balanced ticket. Regional balance, (Upstate Downstate) ethnic balance, and gender balance.
Harlem State Senator Bill Perkins is running for re-election this fall, and he could be in serious trouble.
This situation is a nightmare for any incumbent. There apparently won’t be any split of the opposition vote after Larry Blackmon-a deputy city parks commissioner has backed out of the race, and there’s the question of the role Mayor Bloomberg will play. Directly or indirectly.
Political consultant Basil Smikle –generally a well liked guy known for keeping the pulse of the community- will run against Perkins in the Democratic primary this fall – mainly challenging Perkins opposition to charter schools.
With all due respect to the United Federation of Teachers, what wrong with parents having a choice on Charter Schools?
It breaks my heart with the percentage of children that are not graduating from High School. Pick a city---select any state, and it is mostly children of color that are dropping out in record numbers.
Charter schools are one of the big debates in Harlem these days with State Senator Bill Perkins being adamantly against them yet parents in the district are deciding in droves to support such schools “with their feet.”
The recent announcement from State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that Senate Majority leader Pedro Espada Jr. and family members allegedly looted more than 14 million from the government-funded nonprofit Soundview HealthCare Network reminded me of the last man to hold the seat before Cuomo—the so-called “Sheriff of Wall Street.”
While on a personal level, the two democrats Elliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo are not fans of each other, they do share some interesting similarities. (please see Sam Roberts piece in the NY Times…. Spitzer on Cuomo: He’s Driven, Often by Politics)
-Nearly a year in advance of the 2006 race, polls showed Spitzer, the heavy favorite in his run for governor, and four years later Cuomo is looking at the same situation---with basically only token opposition from republicans and in all likelihood is the next governor of New York State.
In New York Politics, it’s never too early to talk about the Race for Mayor.
The last contest was only five months ago, but that’s not stopping us from looking ahead to 2013.
A recent Marist Poll, with its excellent director of polling Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, had some very interesting numbers.
I was shocked to see despite the very strong finish of former City Comptroller Bill Thompson to Mayor Bloomberg, and another way to state this, Thompson’s much closer than expected loss---that Thompson in the Marist Poll is actually trailing Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding.
In this corner--- an increasingly frustrated press corps.
And in the other corner--- Andrew Cuomo. The in all-likelihood next governor of New York State himself.
The New York Times recently had an interesting piece on Cuomo titled: “Behind the Curtain, Cuomo Runs His Own P.R. Machine,” which focused on the fact that most---if not all of the interaction between Cuomo and members of the media are done by conference call.
This race is certainly his to lose…but Cuomo is about to face a major test.
There is no skirting the issue, no direct ducking or limiting possible damage via conference call----Cuomo will have to do something he hasn’t done in well, four years….and that is face the media--- face tough questions. To borrow my signature phrase I used 20 years ago in radio, he’s going to have to do it “live and direct.”
To know Eliot Spitzer is to come to the realization that there was just no way he was ever going to spend the rest of his life on the sidelines.
The former "Sheriff of Wall Street" talked to interviewer Peter Elkind, author of "Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer," in a piece currently in Fortune Magazine.
More than just missing politics, Spitzer is described as talking "with friends and advisers about political targets."
It appears we should again start practicing the words. “Gov. Cuomo.”
Not the Democratic icon Mario, but his son Andrew. Andrew’s time has arrived.
To have ever covered the younger Cuomo---one would almost have to know this day would inevitably come. It was clear going back more than 10 years ago and meeting with him in his Washington office as HUD Secretary. Even in private, you could tell from his smile, his confidence, and his political moves. Yes, Andrew Cuomo’s ambition almost cost him his career when he challenged Carl McCall in the race for Governor---but even his critics have to admit the discipline Cuomo has shown rebounding since them.
This race is Cuomo’s to lose.
How can one make such a prediction months in advance. Under normal circumstances, It’s tough for republican candidates in New York, even when the stars are perfectly aligned---but this year in particular the republican contest is shaping up as a bad episode of “All my Children.”
In the tabloids, I watch with interest the articles we as a society show the most interest in, the ones that are most emailed from one friend to another. Those articles are often the ones about total nonsense.
Articles that are not going to put food on the table, help lower the high unemployment rate, pay the rent, or enlighten us in any serious way. I wonder why we don’t show the same interest when it comes to giving back to the community.
It breaks my heart on a personal level that in NYC---and in cities across America---40 percent of children do not graduate from high school, and that figure is much higher in some states. Yes there are inequities in life all around us. But when we are done with the long line of pointing the finger at someone else….what are we doing about the problem? “We” in this case is defined as you and I. What are we doing to better our communities. Where is our passion for what really counts.
Alright, of course the slogan is borrowed from my friends at Page Six and the N.Y Post, (the Daily News is just as good) but seriously I’m just asking?
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is telegenic, and energetic, but does anyone believe Gillibrand is delivering for New York more than Caroline Kennedy would have?
Does anyone believe Gillibrand has more access to the President Obama than Caroline would have?
New York is a Blue state until every now and then---a Republican comes along that knows "how to work it."
I recently highlighted in my first piece: the fact that New York Democrats with this election year (and past ones) have a huge advantage regarding party enrollment alone. In other words ---there are many more registered Democrats---than Republicans.
I added: “New York is as true blue as the uniforms of the NY Giants.”
One comment response brought up a very good point:
“If NY was so true blue how do you explain THREE terms of Pataki, two terms of Giuliani and three Bloombergs?”
I thought well that's a valid issue that requires an answer. How did these three republicans win in New York and then have the nerve to pull off re-election.
Andrew Cuomo is laying low these days, but pretty soon---and you count bet the house on it--- the Democratic party faithful will start to rally all around the State Attorney General as the next “great” Governor of State of New York. Hey the White House already weighed in right in front of the current governor David Paterson.
And let’s be clear about this. I'm a journalist and pride myself on being objective, but It’s very difficult---to see a scenario where the Republicans this year could actually win the Governor’s Mansion.
Number one---New York is true blue. As blue as the uniforms of the New York Giants football team! The Democrats already have the enrollment advantage when it comes party registration over Republicans in this state---and while it may be some intrigue for the media and political insiders-----It’s not good for the republican party to have more than one candidate in a race. These guys may end up killing each other with Cuomo having a front row seat. Ok, enough with being a diplomat, they will.
Normally it’s the Democrats in the circular firing squad---destroying each other but this time the honor belongs to the state GOP.