The Gateway (Erev Federal Primary Edition)
Last minute (but not totally unexpected) election eve bombshell: Former Dan O’Connor supporter Buddy Scotto owns up and sends out a letter for Erik Dilan.
Yesterday, I ran into Buddy’s daughter, State Committee/District Leader candidate Debra Scotto, who refused to say who she was voting for on Tuesday.
Since one of the prime functions of a party leader is participating in the designation and endorsement of candidates, how is one supposed to judge a candidate when she disdains practically the one and only official function of the job she seeks?
I owe an apology to Erik Dilan for believing the New York Times when it said that Dilan accused Nydia Velázquez of being "virtually appointed” by party bosses when she was first elected to Congress 20 years ago.
What he said, was that the Velazquez had been "virtually appointed" to the City Council by Borough President Howard Golden in 1984.
This is absolutely true.
The ugly practice of politics among the Satmar is the prime reason I'm glad I can't read Yiddish.
And despite my support for Nydia, I have to admit that the Aroni leadership are primarily scum. Orthodox Pundit: News & Political Analysis orthodoxpundit.blogspot.com
Allergist Dr. Mittman's greatest allergy is to the truth.
I prescribe 500 milligrams of sodium pentothal.Misleading Direct Mail Piece of The Day politicker.com
In addition to people who think Atlantic Yards is more important than same sex marriage, Charles Barron is attracting support from one other significant element of the Brownstone white vote: aging former Communists who have come full circle and are once again wearing Red Diapers.
During the four state legislative election cycles when I worked for Marty Connor, we never once sent out our people with a nominating petition that was a "single" (Connor only), except in areas where the local club was not carrying us on their omnibus petition (and that virtually never).
Since everyone coming into a subway at that hour lived in the same AD, there was no excuse for this.
The question was whether Squadron did this out of selfishness, or whether he did it out of cowardice? (Our female District Leader, Jo Anne Simon has a primary from the Vito Lopez supported Debra Scotto.
Anyway, the funniest aspect of this is that the woman petitioning for Squadron at Bergen & Warren was on the east side of the street, facing east, and taking all her signatures from those coming from the east, almost all of whom probably lived in Velmanette Montgomery's district.
What a waste.
All that work and not one good signature.
If they'd used a club sheet, at least the signatures would have been good for someone.
Senate Republicans complaining about Bloomberg's demands is sort of like Xavier Hollander complaining about her best customer wanting anal.
David Storobin's bill repealing same sex marriage is bad legislation.
This is not a value judgment; this is a point of fact.
The bill repeals the two Chapters which constituted the original law in order to restore the status quo ante.
But where does that leave the people married under the current law and who have rearranged their lives in reliance upon it? Does this law void their marriages? What happen to their property if and when they split? Can they be kicked off their insurance?
There are a trillion questions a serious bill would resolve in some manner.
Storobin apparently told a supporter that another bill he cosponsored which voids New York recognition for of out of state same sex marriages would void NYS marriages as well.
My legal expert thinks differently.
Orthodox Leaders beg Christine Quinn not to write off the Orthodox vote.
The Jews: one people divided by a common religion. http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york-news/brokedown-palace
Will Democrats retake the House?
Chait: This is why it’s vital to bring yourself face-to face with the implications of mass uninsurance — not as emotional manipulation, but to force you to decide what forms of material deprivation ought to be morally acceptable. This question has become, at least at the moment, the primary philosophical divide between the parties. Democrats will confine the unfortunate to many forms of deprivation, but not deprivation of basic medical care. Republicans will. The GOP is the only mainstream political party in the advanced world to hold this stance. Health Care as a Privilege: What the GOP Won't Admit nymag.com
Just for the sake of accuracy, "Mama Maria's" is in Carroll Gardens, not Cobble Hill (though if you believe this article, you'll never need to find it). I've eaten there and don't think this is a particularly fair assessment.
Before we go, one more reminder.
5th CD: Mike Scala
6th CD: Grace Meng
7th CD: Nydia Velazquez
8th CD: Hakeem Jeffries
9th CD: Yvette Clarke
13th CD: Clyde Williams
16th CD: Eliot Engel
And one more.
In the GOP Primary for US Senate, Gate endorses Bob Turner.
G-d forbid Turner should win the general election, but in this primary, he is the closest thing to sane among the choices.
I cite not merely that fact that, unlike his robo-call buddy, Rudy G, Turner would actually deign to attend a same sex wedding which he’d otherwise forbid.
More substantively, Turner’s actually had the guts to stand up to Grover Norquist on taxes.
Good going Bob.
I hope this drives the guys at “Brooklyn GOP Radio” stark raving mad (though they are already).
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