...and the Mayor for Political Aspirations want David Paterson to hurry up and get with their non-partisan, good-government program for selecting Caroline Kennedy a US Senator:
I'm sure the governor appreciates the advice, Kevin.
via the Daily News
Here are the names of legislators from Brooklyn and Manhattan who voted for the unqualified Thomas DiNapoli for state controller. Remember how they broke their word and betrayed the public.
Brooklyn: Peter Abbate, William Boyland, James Brennan, Alec Brook-Krasny, Karim Camara, William Colton, Steven Cymbrowitz, Marty Golden, Diane Gordon, Dov Hikind, Janele Hyer-Spencer, Rhoda Jacobs, Hakeem Jeffries, Joseph Lentol, Vito Lopez, Alan Maisel, Felix Ortiz, Nick Perry, Annette Robinson, Darryl Towns, Helene Weinstein.
via Empire Zone
The Democratic-led State Assembly dealt a setback today to Gov. Eliot Spitzer by agreeing to elect Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli as the next state comptroller, reneging on a deal it made with the governor to choose only from candidates deemed qualified by an outside screening panel to succeed Alan G. Hevesi.
Speaker Sheldon Silver said after the closed-door meeting on Wednesday wards that “I think the members thought he was the most qualified member, and the most qualified candidate, and they chose to nominate him.’’
On LunchBox today, host Adam Green on: Barack Obama, Sam Brownback, John Edwards, John McCain, Tom Tancredo, Comptroller Candidates, Eliot Spitzer, Shelly Silver, Joe Bruno, Chris Callaghan and more...
Before this great website was created, us political junkies were relegated to mainly posting in the comments section of one of the few NYC political blogs out there.
I remember one discussion, which I now can’t find, talking about how great it would be once Spitzer won the election and how Spitzer and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would get along so wonderfully and work so hard to reform all of the deficiencies in the state.
My argument was that these people were living in a dreamland.
Silver is coming off 12 years of being the most powerful Democrat in the entire state and using his patented deadlock and glacier philosophy of legislating to frustrate the Governor and the Senate all for the gain of his REAL constituency (the other 100+ Democratic Assemblymembers).
Two Words: Shelly Silver!
Sources say that at last night's Tilden Democratic Club endorsement meeting, (s)elected East Side Assemblywoman Sylvia Friedman was giddy with anticipation for her June 6th fundraiser in Albany, which will be hosted by ... Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver.
Apparently, Friedman - whose version of reform probably escapes Victor Hugo - told a little tale of how she "wasn't sure how she was going to get along with Shelly Silver once she went up to Albany," but then assured the crowd that she has found him to be an incredibly affable, "charming" man. Phewwwww!
There are few people who would deny that Elliot Spitzer has done a decent job as Attorney General of New York State. I would think only a handful maybe, and probably Republicans mostly. Some of his detractors say he is a bit aggressive and “macho”, others say he is a bully. Others yet claim that he is an “alpha–male” all the way, possessing too much testosterone. Point being, there is no real attack on his competency and/or capability. In most regards, this is good for Spitzer.
The only area where Spitzer seems vulnerable is the one where his relationship with Albany legislators can be gauged. The least you can say is that he has been quite accommodating. Can anyone find the public attacks on Albany (from Spitzer) in the past decade? And for sure, most elected officials are lining up in droves to endorse him. Not surprisingly, his endorsement list will be an Albany “who is who” list.
A Man After Our Hearts
"We must demand that the Speaker of the New York State Assembly and the Majority Leader of the New York State Senate be replaced, because they have failed to fight for the reforms that we seek," said Suozzi.
Nuf' freakin' said!
Now, we are curious ... Mr. Spitzer, what say you?