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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.

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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……

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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

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.

More……..

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

The line forms for the next New York State Attorney General…..

Since the current New York State Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo will be, in almost all likelihood,  the next New York Sate Governor…His spot is going to be open…..

There are three main containers for the job at this time……and the money has begun to already to come in…..These are the top people in the running……..

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The Dog has met Kathleen Rice several times, and has watched how she has gotten better at doing her job…..she is very popular on Long Island..and has been very tough on drunk driving convictions……the leader of the pack now is…….

Mr. Dinallo, who raised nearly $1.8 million in the period ended Jan. 11. Hundreds of thousands of dollars came from contributors connected to Wall Street, including hedge-fund manager David Einhorn, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Vice Chairman James Lee, former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Co-President Jon Winkelried, money manager Richard Pzena and U.S. pay czar Kenneth Feinberg, the filings show.

Among other people expected to run for the post now held by Andrew Cuomo, plaintiff’s lawyer Sean Coffey got about $1.7 million in contributions, while Nassau County, N.Y., District Attorney Kathleen Rice collected about $1.4 million. Some observers expect it will cost $6 million or $7 million to mount a major campaign.

We’ll see how things develop….but remember this….

The last two Attorney General’s will have moved on to be come Governor if Mr. Cuomo moves into the Governors mansion next year…..

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | | 2 Comments

6 Construction companies in New York City pay by color, White top, Blacks middle, Latino’s bottom….

Yes…… you read that right…..Six New York City based construction companies paid their white workers an average hourly rate of $25 an hour, their Black workers $18 an hour, and their Latino’s $15 an hour, charges New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office,  in a civil lawsuit…….the six companies are controlled by one person…..one Michael Mahoney ……. this situation was referred to the Attorney General’s office by a construction union, that took notice of the pay differences.

And yes, this happened in New York City……..In 2009!…….

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Law, The Economy | , , , , | 4 Comments

6 Construction companies in New York City pay by color, White top, Blacks middle, Latino's bottom….

Yes…… you read that right…..Six New York City based construction companies paid their white workers an average hourly rate of $25 an hour, their Black workers $18 an hour, and their Latino’s $15 an hour, charges New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office,  in a civil lawsuit…….the six companies are controlled by one person…..one Michael Mahoney ……. this situation was referred to the Attorney General’s office by a construction union, that took notice of the pay differences.

And yes, this happened in New York City……..In 2009!…….

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Law, The Economy | , , , , | 4 Comments

Elliot Spitzer…….on the tube…….

The Former New York State Attorney General, and Governor now works for MSNBC,  and seems to be having a good time there……he also teaches an undergraduate course at the City College of New York…….

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment