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Nassau County NY DA Rice is throwing punches back at rival Schneiderman….

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Kathleen Rice is the candidate to beat going into the September New York State Democratic Attorney general Primary…

While Andrew Cuomo…

The Democratic front runner and probably next Governor  has pushed Rice…

During a straw poll last month she came in first place among five candidates….

When Cuomo tried to get the other guys out of the picture …..

Other democrats complained….

So the other guys are still in the game…

Eric Sneiderman, a New York State Senator,  has been Rice’s most vocal foe…..

And Rice knows that she must answer his attacks and not let him define her as a reformed Republican from Nassau  County Long Island……(She WAS a Republican back in the day )….

Rice is the only DA in the race….

She gained the job in her first run by being tough on drunk drivers..

She has mellowed in office….

And has on occasion explained to crowds the Dog has been at that ‘locking up everyone …isn’t the answer to every problem’….

The Dog believes she’ll be a fine Attorney General for the State of New York…..

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, the lone woman in the five-way Democratic field for Attorney General, swung hard at rival Eric Schneiderman for saying she fought against key portions of the Rockefeller Drug Law reforms.

Rice also accused the state Senator of political folly as the legislature gets set to vote up or down on a budget extender bill that, if shot down, would prompt New York’s first-ever government shutdown.

Her pushback via letter came a day after Schneiderman, who’s running with the progressive mantle, challenged her to a debate over the laws that many activists feel are draconian. Schneiderman said Rice had lobbied against moving sentencing for non-violent first-time felony drug offenders away from prosecutors to judges.

Her answer yesterday to him said she “looked forward” to debating the issues and said she supported the reforms.

But today, her team accused him of taking her words on the sentencing reforms out of context.

“While your decision to engage in political attacks in the hours before state government, at least, imposes sweeping cuts to families and neighborhoods across the state, remains the most troubling portion of your actions, the factual inaccuracy of your attack also raises serious questions regarding the integrity of your campaign,” her team wrote, accusing him of “egregious distortion” of the facts.

“District Attorney Rice has always supported reforming the Rockefeller-era drug laws. In fact, as the top law enforcement official in Nassau County, District Attorney Rice implemented the key principles of the reforms long before the legislature chose to take action,” the letter said.

She also included a separate letter from 2006 to back up her statement.

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June 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

New York State Progressives and Upstater’s don’t like Cuomo’s pick for Attorney General…..What to do?

First It was Kirsten Gillibrand that the they decided they DID like…

After her transformation from a ‘Blue Dog” Democrat from Upstate New York..to the New York City Liberal????

Second It was Harold Ford, Jr. That they didn’t like…

They now have decided the Kathleen Rice the DA  from Nassau County…..

Isn’t good enough for them……

Here we go folks…….

A few weeks ago Rice and Eric Dinallo, a former New York State Insurance Supernatent came out 1 and 2 in a straw poll…

Dinallo being first….

The Dog mentioned that this WAS significant..because Rice came out second…..The first piece I did on this race had 4 people in the running on the Democratic side….

They are really down to two……

In the days after the straw poll upstate….It has become clear that Cuomo is heavily involved in Rice’s campaign…..

Below I have posted up a piece on how the New York State Democratic party ( The Upstater’s and Progressives) is dealing with Cuomo…..who at this moment is now the leader of the state’s democratic party…..

Those members, while thinking of backing Dinallo..must deal with the fact that to do so..

Could risk the ire of a new Governor riding a strong vote margin…

Why would the newly minted leader of the NY Democrats, a guy who is already pretty much expected to win by at least a two thirds majority, interfere in the party process to pick a former Republican to run for his old job? Particularly one who treated her former gig as Nassau County DA as a chance for political grandstanding, pontificating about drunk drivers and sex offenders, which I’m sure are the most pressing sorts of crimes in the second richest county in America.

Short answer? Rice is apparently counting on Cuomo’s coattails to get her into office. Cuomo reportedly favors her, and the convention delegates are afraid to cross him over the issue. Moreover, if you look into the records, Cuomo has been fundraising for Rice since October of 2009, which may help to account for the couple million dollars in cash which vaulted her into the top tier candidates past people like Eric Schneiderman. That leaves you with an AG who completely owes their job to the new Governor, which is not the way that elections are supposed to work.

The “why” of the thing doesn’t really matter at that point. What does matter is that with half the state’s county chairs already backing Dinallo, and Rice having fallen flat with both the public and the party faithful outside of the New York City area, a convention that crowns Rice with the nomination is going to meet with a great deal of skepticism–skepticism at best–from the Democratic base if the process isn’t unquestionably fair and impartial. A secret ballot would be a good start on that; so would guaranteeing the state committee members from NYC the right to vote as they choose, rather than as the party machine dictates.

Last but not least, speaking from my own perspective. Having a handful of people from downstate select the next AG candidate through internal arm-twisting–including running roughshod over the only candidate to make a serious appeal to rural New Yorkers in, well ever–is an absolute disaster for those of us still trying to build the party out here in the red parts of the state, since it confirms all the worst cliches about state government being run solely of by and for New York City.

I know, Andrew Cuomo doesn’t need to care about that–he’s still going to win by ten or twenty points even if he never sets foot on a farm or a state park……

More……..

NoteMy moneys on Rice…..

Remember…There are more poeple  in NYC and the surrounding subaurbs (68.4%) than upstate…..

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments

New York State Progressives and Upstater's don't like Cuomo's pick for Attorney General…..What to do?

First It was Kirsten Gillibrand that the they decided they DID like…

After her transformation from a ‘Blue Dog” Democrat from Upstate New York..to the New York City Liberal????

Second It was Harold Ford, Jr. That they didn’t like…

They now have decided the Kathleen Rice the DA  from Nassau County…..

Isn’t good enough for them……

Here we go folks…….

A few weeks ago Rice and Eric Dinallo, a former New York State Insurance Supernatent came out 1 and 2 in a straw poll…

Dinallo being first….

The Dog mentioned that this WAS significant..because Rice came out second…..The first piece I did on this race had 4 people in the running on the Democratic side….

They are really down to two……

In the days after the straw poll upstate….It has become clear that Cuomo is heavily involved in Rice’s campaign…..

Below I have posted up a piece on how the New York State Democratic party ( The Upstater’s and Progressives) is dealing with Cuomo…..who at this moment is now the leader of the state’s democratic party…..

Those members, while thinking of backing Dinallo..must deal with the fact that to do so..

Could risk the ire of a new Governor riding a strong vote margin…

Why would the newly minted leader of the NY Democrats, a guy who is already pretty much expected to win by at least a two thirds majority, interfere in the party process to pick a former Republican to run for his old job? Particularly one who treated her former gig as Nassau County DA as a chance for political grandstanding, pontificating about drunk drivers and sex offenders, which I’m sure are the most pressing sorts of crimes in the second richest county in America.

Short answer? Rice is apparently counting on Cuomo’s coattails to get her into office. Cuomo reportedly favors her, and the convention delegates are afraid to cross him over the issue. Moreover, if you look into the records, Cuomo has been fundraising for Rice since October of 2009, which may help to account for the couple million dollars in cash which vaulted her into the top tier candidates past people like Eric Schneiderman. That leaves you with an AG who completely owes their job to the new Governor, which is not the way that elections are supposed to work.

The “why” of the thing doesn’t really matter at that point. What does matter is that with half the state’s county chairs already backing Dinallo, and Rice having fallen flat with both the public and the party faithful outside of the New York City area, a convention that crowns Rice with the nomination is going to meet with a great deal of skepticism–skepticism at best–from the Democratic base if the process isn’t unquestionably fair and impartial. A secret ballot would be a good start on that; so would guaranteeing the state committee members from NYC the right to vote as they choose, rather than as the party machine dictates.

Last but not least, speaking from my own perspective. Having a handful of people from downstate select the next AG candidate through internal arm-twisting–including running roughshod over the only candidate to make a serious appeal to rural New Yorkers in, well ever–is an absolute disaster for those of us still trying to build the party out here in the red parts of the state, since it confirms all the worst cliches about state government being run solely of by and for New York City.

I know, Andrew Cuomo doesn’t need to care about that–he’s still going to win by ten or twenty points even if he never sets foot on a farm or a state park……

More……..

NoteMy moneys on Rice…..

Remember…There are more poeple  in NYC and the surrounding subaurbs (68.4%) than upstate…..

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Lawyers and Politicians in New York…..

Kathleen Rice…The Nassau County District Attorney is running to succeed Andrew Cuomo as New York State Attorney General….

The race started below the headlines….

No More….

Since she came in second in a upstate straw poll a couple of weeks ago….

Things have heated up…..

I correctly pointed that fact out here….

Make no mistake folks…Right now Kathleen Rice is the front runner..

She has Cuomo in her corner and as this post points out…BIG money…..

I’ve said this before I have met the lady a few times and I like what I see in how she has evolved…..

And I’ll post this now to get it out of the way…..She statred off as a Republican and switched over to the Democrats riding the Suozzi wave two elections ago in Nassau County…Suozzi’s gone and she’s on the cusp of getting a job the last two New York Governor’s ( I’m getting ahead of my self…Cuomo hasn’t won yet ) had before getting elected to Governor……

This piece is about a big white shoe law firm in New York City that does a lot of personal injury work backing Rice in the pocketbook….

I just got a comment from somebody here at the Dog about lawyers and politican’s…..The person was pissed about the connection…..

Get over it!…..

Most politician’s ARE lawyers……

And as you can see in the New York case with Rice…..Lawyers like to cosey up with politcian’s…..They ARE cut from the same cloth…..

The best one in the piece is the fact that the State’s Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, who welds almost as much juice as the Governor , is a MEMBER of the subject of the piece. The law firm of Weitz and Luxenberg!……

He, he, he……

It doesn’t get any better than that!

Anyways ….The Dog thinks Ms. Rice is gonna be good for the State of New York…..

Weitz & Luxenberg, which is based in Manhattan, is one of the nation’s largest personal injury law firms. It counts Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as among its members, a source of suspicion for critics of Mr. Silver, who has been a loyal ally of trial lawyers.

Now the firm is pouring money into the campaign of Kathleen M. Rice, the Nassau County district attorney, who is seen as the leading Democratic contender to succeed Andrew M. Cuomo as attorney general.

Five of Weitz’s lawyers, including its two founding partners, contributed $236,698 to the Rice campaign in the last year. In the most recent filing period, Weitz lawyers accounted for nearly 12 percent of the more than $1.4 million in contributions Ms. Rice reported.

And top lawyers at three firms that frequently work with Weitz — two of which are based in other states — also donated heavily. Factoring in these donations, the Weitz-connected contributions made up roughly 20 percent of the Rice campaign’s donations in the most recent filing period, which covers December and the first half of January.

Last spring, Ms. Rice hired Justin Weitz, the son of Perry Weitz, the top partner at Weitz & Luxenberg, to work as an assistant district attorney. Noting Justin Weitz’s qualifications, Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Ms. Rice, said, “The office didn’t believe he should be barred from such public service just because a member of his family is involved in politics.”

The Rice campaign dismissed any suggestions that the contributions were unusual, emphasizing that several of the law firm’s donors, including Mr. Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, the managing partner, were Long Island residents who had long known Ms. Rice.

Her campaign also noted that the two men have a long history as Democratic donors, though state and federal records show they have never provided a similar share of another candidate’s fund-raising……

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Note…..I don’t like the revolving door relationship between the lawyers and politican’s…but I’m too old and too smart to know that it isn’t going away…which is a shame……

May 19, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cuomo is quietly backing Rice to succeed him as New York State Attorney General…..

If Andrew Cuomo becomes New York State’s next Governor ……as most of us think he will…….

Then the last two New York Attorney General will have moved up to become Governor……

With that in mind …..

We have begun following the AG race in New York State..

We have had an upstate Democratic straw poll in which Kathleen Rice came in second after Eric Dinallo…..who is a political new comer …who worked for Eliot Spritzer…

The fact that Nassau County DA Rice came in second has not gone unnoticed around the state….

That fact has been boosted by the common knowledge that Rice is now being pushed for the State AG  position by Cuomo…who is more that 30 percentage  points above Republican’s Lazio AND Levy….The two would-be GOP challengers for right to run against Cuomo….

Oh, Yea there’s more…..

It seems that New York City Mayor Bloomberg has HIS guy lining up for a run at the Governor’s job also….

That is Staten Island  DA  Dan Donavan……..

A note to Mr. Donavan…..

Bloomberg just bearly got reelected after spending $130 Million…..

The last person Bloomberg backed for anything was Harold FFord, Jr.for the New York State Senate seat….

And he never got out of the gate!

Good Luck Mr. Donovan…..

You’re gonna need it…..

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and soon-to-be gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo appear to be lining up on opposite sides in the contentious battle for New York state attorney general.

Mr. Bloomberg is strongly encouraging Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, a Republican, to enter the race and is prepared, once Mr. Donovan announces, to endorse him officially, people familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Cuomo’s political team, meanwhile, is quietly urging Democrats to unite around the candidacy of another prosecutor, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, according to state Democrats.

The race to succeed Mr. Cuomo as attorney general has emerged as one of the most closely watched contests this year, as Mr. Cuomo prepares to pursue the governorship.

With two of the state’s most dominant political figures staking rival ground, the stage is set for a proxy war over control of an office with national influence.

Mr. Donovan, who is expected to launch his bid in the coming weeks, is surrounding himself with Bloomberg aides.

Bradley Tusk, Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign manager last year, is a top strategist, and Virginia Lam, a former press aide to Mr. Bloomberg, has been tapped to handle communications for Mr. Donovan.

Howard Wolfson, a deputy mayor, said Mr. Bloomberg believes Mr. Donovan has done an “outstanding job” as district attorney and would “make a great statewide candidate.”

In an interview, Mr. Donavan acknowledged that Mr. Bloomberg has been “very supportive.”

How about this Cuomo dance around the truth by staff….

A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo’s political team said the attorney general has not settled on a candidate to support in the race. A spokesman for the Rice campaign said the district attorney “would obviously be thrilled to have his endorsement,” but declined to comment further on the possibility.

And then this…..

Ms. Rice’s second-place finish, ahead of two more established rivals, was seen by Democrats as a sign of Mr. Cuomo’s helping hand.

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May 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Nassau County DA Rice runs for AG….and may have trouble with the left side of the Democratic Party….

The Dog came upon this today in the Albany Project Blog….

That Blog came down hard on Harold Ford Jr.’s attempt to enter the race against Kirsten Gillibrand……

NY-AG: Why is RWDSU Endorsing Kathleen Rice?

by: BingChester

Tue May 04, 2010 at 13:10:13 PM EDT

I’m not sure I really understand this move by the progressive union RWDSU.  After endorsing a respectable slate of progressive challengers in all sorts of races, they’ve decided to endorse Republican-turned-Demnocrat “law and order” candidate Kathleen Rice for Attorney General.

Stu Applebaum, the president of the RWDSU, is set to endorse Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice — an interesting endorsement because Applebaum was an early, vocal supporter of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s bid for governor, and helped push Governor David Paterson to drop his bid for a first full term.Rice’s law enforcement credentials are seen as valuable in a campaign that’s likely to be as much about reforming Albany as about Wall Street.

source

Well it’s clearly a mix of gender and region considering that Eric Dinallo has more bona-fide progressive credentials and happens to represent a more suburban/upstate interest.  But how does this make sense when you look at a guy like Eric Schneiderman, who has been one of the most persistent and vocal voices for reform inside the State Senate?  Is the theory here that Schneiderman will be so tainted by the State Senate that he’s a toxic candidate?

The fact is that Kathleen Rice is probably the worst candidate in the Democratic field.  Take a look at her waffling on what should be a homerun subject, the issue of Wal-Mart attempting to locate a store in the five boroughs……….

Apparently she stands with working families!  And living wages!  And working families!

That’s right folks.  Kathleen Rice is going to single-handedly whip Wal-Mart into shape and fix their notorious employment practices.  Forget the fact that there’s a national campaign to do just that over the past few years with few tangible results.  Forget the fact that the power of the Attorney General to actually force Wal-Mart into a variety of voluntary compliance is questionable (and likely more in the hands of City Council and the Mayor).

All of this comes after a lot of talk after the DRC of Jay Jacobs twisting arms to garner up support for Rice from a less than natural constituency.  And Jacobs’ support is seen by some as a proxy for Cuomo himself, who is rumored to support Rice for similar reasons as Stuart Applebaum.  It is extremely disconcerting that in New York State, with a race filled with progressive reformers, there is a push from the top to pick a former Republican focused on things like drunk driving and traffic safety as the Attorney General candidate on the Cuomo ticket.

This is going to be a difficult primary with all sorts of qualified and progressive candidates.  Those of us on this blog will probably have different preferred candidates.  But I think there’s one thing we can all agree on; Anyone But Kathleen Rice.

More……..…..Please read the whole post and the comments…..

Note….It appears that Progressives are waiting for Liz Holzman to jump in……

[ Holtzman ]

Man….. is there going to be a race for this job!


Note.….The Albany Project is a good Blog for New York State goings on……

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

Kathleen Rice rolls out her first Video in her race for New York State AG…..

<br /> (Kathleen Rice's FaceBook)

[ Rice’s Facebook page ]

Listen….. I like the lady…..

Not because I’ve met her a couple of times…..

But because she started off running as a no-nonsense put drunk drivers in jail candidate ..that appeared to me as unplolished….the first time I heard her work a room….

The last time I saw her was remarkable….

A better speaker…

More confident…..

And pushing the fact that you CAN’T lock everybody up…..

Experience…is a wonderful teacher…..

Here’s a piece on her first video…and a staff follow-up on my point of her evolving as a mature politician…..


Here’s Kathleen Rice’s campaign kick-off video, in which she talks about her record of fighting crime and protecting victims.

Rice focuses on her work as a prosecutor, which, she said, is the “last line of defense against the worst elements of humanity. And I was good at it.”

Her message is a strong contrast to Eric Schneiderman‘s. He has spoken emphatically about the criminal justice system disproportionately locking up minorities. He is pushing for alternatives to incarceration that he says would work better and be cheaper.

And in case you’re wondering how many times Rice says the word crime, I counted 16.

UPDATE: Rice is not ceding the criminal justice / reform territory. Her spokesman, Shams Tarek, emails to say: “Despite the urge to set up this contrast, D.A. Rice is well known for her innovative diversionary approach in which she gets police, clergy, social service agencies and the community to all work together to stop crime before it happens……

More……..

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 13 Comments

Northern New York Democrats straw poll pick Eric Dinallo for AG……Kathren Rice comes in second….

The important part of this story is NOT first place ….

It’s second…..

[ Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, buoyant. ]

Kathleen Rice, the current Nassau County DA is only in her second term in office…..

If Dinallo is all right upstate ..That’s ok…..

But  the majority of votes in New York State are DOWNSTATE……

Get my point?

This is very good news for Rice, who has improved herself tremendously since the DOG first met her….. right after she got elected the first time……….

One more thing….

The last two people to become Attorney General in this state will have become Governor…….

Get my point?

Oh, yea Andrew Cuomo was nominated for the Governor’s job by acclamation…….

[ Dinallo ]

“I’m very, very happy,” Mr. Dinallo said. “As a first-time candidate, I can’t imagine a better outcome, a better momentum for the campaign.”

Thomas J. Poelker, chairman of the Greene County Democratic Committee, took to the podium to nominate Mr. Cuomo. “Republicans want him to announce and jump into the political fray,” he said. “I say, let them fight amongst themselves.”

Through a spokesman, Mr. Cuomo issued a statement saying he was gratified by the Democratic group’s “show of faith and deeply appreciates its continued support.”

Though he was not in the room during the straw poll, Mr. Cuomo’s presence was keenly felt as talk swirled at the conference that he favored Ms. Rice, a woman from a suburban county, as the Democratic nominee.

“Andrew Cuomo is neutral right now but has said he’s going to openly back someone at some point,” said Josh Vlasto, a Cuomo spokesman. “When he does, it will be obvious to all.”

The rural conference is made up of Democratic officials from 47 low-population counties that have historically been Republican bastions. For New York Democrats, the straw poll is one part New Hampshire primary, one part Iowa caucuses. Although most votes in the Sept. 14 primary will be cast downstate, this poll, like New Hampshire and Iowa in the presidential contests, is an election year’s first real test of political strength. And it has rules confusing enough that several candidates brought lawyers to help decipher them.

In recent years, the contest has also been the scene of notable surprises: Eliot Spitzer won the poll as an underdog during his successful 1998 bid for attorney general, and Mr. Cuomo scored an upset during his unsuccessful 2002 campaign for governor. In 2006, he won the straw poll for attorney general and went on to win the primary and the general election.

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This from the ( Albany ) timesunion.…..

This is an unexpectedly strong showing for Rice, who told me it was a “huge victory.” She said it was the resonance of her message, and that she had been “humbled” by the support she received. Many other delegates attributed it more to support she received from Andrew Cuomo’s allies and Democratic State Chairman Jay Jacobs.

Rice’s staffers — including former Democratic Party Executive Director Frank Hoare — lobbied hard among delegates in recent days, and Rice won a critical backing from many from Oswego County, where Democratic Chairman Mike Kunzwiler gave seconded her nomination.

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

With Cuomo becoming New York next Governor…who will run for his Attorney General job?

The New York Post has something on a poll sent out by Liz Holzman…..a former Congresswoman and Brooklyn DA…….rating a run for New York State Attorney General…..(the last few have become Governor )

Holzman might be actually over the hill….and has had a very…very turbulent political past in New York.….but the interesting thing is that Nassau County DA  Kathleen Rice is in second place in the poll after only her second term in office……

The Knickerbocker reported at the end of March that a north Brooklyn reader got a polling call focused exclusively on former congresswoman and Brooklyn DA Elizabeth Holtzman — and now Mike Bloomberg pollster Doug Schoen is claiming ownership of it. Schoen conducted the poll, apparently at Holtzman’s request, between March 27 and April 1, with a sample size of 500, and claims his research shows that in the seven-way race of current Democratic contenders considering or declared in the race, Holtzman has a 20 point lead. Holtzman had 29 percent, and Nassau County District AttorneyKathleen Rice had 9 percent, while state Sen. Eric Schneiderman and Denise O’Donnell were tied at 4 percent each. “It is my considered opinion that if Liz Holtzman runs, she will be a very strong candidate and would begin as the odds-on frontrunner for Attorney General in New York,” Schoen said in a statement accompanying the poll, which was distributed wide to reporters. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Holtzman paid for the poll out of her own pocket.

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April 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 6 Comments

Andrew Cuomo gets ready to run for New York Governor…..

A while ago, I said to everyone that would listen that Andrew Cuomo, the Attorney General of New York State, would wait for the late fall, or early fall spring to seriously begin to displace current sitting Governor Paterson…..Well, today brings a piece on the front page of the New York Times about Cuomo starting to ‘shop around’ for a ticket for his fall run. It is a given that even though Paterson is starting to run commercials, and hire staff (like Harold Ickes) to bring up his poll numbers….he’s gone

The only republican to be seriously running for governor is Rick Lazio and he will be running uphill for the next year since Cuomo has huge numbers in polling against every republican including Rudy Giuliani…..

Like the last person to be Attorney General (Eliot Spitzer), the job seems to be a spring-board to the governors mansion…..while the democratic front-runner, Cuomo must be careful with the states minority voters and politicians …….He has gone out of his way to mend fences because they haven’t forgotten Cuomo’s stepping all over Carl McCall’s feet in his bid to become governor years ago….

The names floated in the piece for Lieutenant Governor are Bill Thompson, the black outgoing NYC Controller who barely lost to Bloomberg for Mayor…..The upcoming District Attorney from Nassau County, who just got re-elected to her second term, Kathleen Rice….and Janet DiFiore, the District Attorney of Westchester County….

Stay tuned folks…this one will be interesting……

Update:….Lazio today attacked Cuomo for undermining Paterson…..(why is he getting in democratic business?)

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , , , | 4 Comments