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Harold Ickes, Part of Team Paterson
By Gerson Borrero
New York, NY December 10, 2009
There's at least one heavyweight Democrat operative who is not running away from Governor David A. Paterson's basement poll numbers. Harold M. Ickes is formally lending his expertise to the incumbent governor's effort at getting elected in 2010.
Ickes, who has more than four decades of experience in the rough and tumble politics of New York and Washington, and has worked for Bill Clinton and David N. Dinkins, among other well known Democrats, is a respected and tried strategist. Ickes was present at last Sunday's meeting with Team Paterson at the Harlem office of Bill Lynch.
"This is not about Andrew Cuomo. We are staying away from the Cuomo spin," said a key player in the "small group of advisors" when asked how much of their strategy is based on the Attorney General challenging the Governor in a primary.
A source told the Borrero Report that, in addition to Ickes, Paterson counts on the expertise of his father, Basil Paterson, Roberto Ramirez, and Lawrence S. 'Larry' Schwartz. All three, in addition to Lynch and Ickes, were present at the strategy session on Sunday.