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Andrew Cuomo gets the official nod to become the Democratic nominee for New York State Governor…..

[ Cuomo accepts the nomination from the Democratic party…..]

A mere formality……

And 40% above his nearest challenger…..

Not  a bad way to move towards your Dad’s old job…..

Mr. Cuomo’s appearance at the convention capped his crowning as the party’s nominee that has been in the making for the last year, as Gov. David A. Paterson had faltered to the point that he did not even attend the speech.

“When you go around the state, from Montauk to Buffalo, you hear over and over and over again the betrayal people feel towards the government,” Mr. Cuomo said, adding, “That has to be restored, and we’re not going to do it with words.”

His speech was received with sustained applause at points, if not exuberance, perhaps underscoring his arm’s length approach to some elements of his own party. He came closest to recalling the rhetorical flourishes of his father when he spoke of social justice.

“We have to remember what is at the soul of the Democratic party,” he said, his voice rising. “You can go to schools on one side of town, and they will take you to first graders who are on the Internet, and you can go to the other side of town, and they don’t even have a basketball net,” he said, adding that the most impressive piece of technology at some schools was the metal detector.

Mr. Cuomo’s was introduced by William C. Thompson Jr., the former New York City comptroller; Kathy Hochul, the Erie County clerk; and Vivian Viloria-Fisher, a Dominican-born Suffolk County legislator — an African-American, an upstate woman and a Latina, respectively. There have been grumblings from some Democrats that the party is putting forth a slate of candidates that fails to reflect the diversity of the state.

Mr. Thompson’s comments echoed those of Mr. Cuomo.

“Let’s be clear,” he said. “Our state, New York State, is in crisis, our government is gridlocked, our finances are in shambles, our people have lost trust, and with good reason.”

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May 27, 2010 Posted by | BDog @ PolitcalDog 101, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Andrew Cuomo IS RUNNING……….

After all the silent running….

The New York State Attorney General….Andrew Cuomo…..

Has declared that he IS running for New York State Governor this fall…..

The son of Mario Cuomo is 30% ahead of either possible GOP contenders Rick Lazio or Steve Levy….

Which his numbers are sure to fall……

The consensus out there is that he WILL be the states next governor……

He will be formally picked as the Democratic nominee on Tuesday May 25, at the Democratic Convention in Rye Brook, New York….

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced his campaign for governor with a video released early Saturday morning, finally making official his entrance into the race for governor this fall.

Mr. Cuomo’s announcement comes only days before the state Democratic convention is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Rye Brook, N.Y., and follows months of private planning. Mr. Cuomo has no competition for the Democratic nomination and has been moving to assert control over the state party, and the 2010 ticket, for several months. Gov.David A. Paterson, a fellow Democrat, withdrew from the race in February. “I’m Andrew Cuomo, and I’ve always worked for you,” Mr. Cuomo said in his one-minute-47-second video. “Over my career, I’ve worked to help the homeless, students, consumers and the taxpayers who are outraged by Wall Street bonuses. I’ve worked for you, but now I need your

help.”

Mr. Cuomo also released a longer 21-minute video in which he described his policy positions on a range of issues, from same-sex marriage, which he supports, to a plan to have the state borrow money for its short term fiscal needs, which he opposes.

He planned a formal announcement in downtown Manhattan later on Saturday.The video echoes an approach taken byHillary Rodham Clinton, when she launched her 2008 presidential campaign……

For More……..…..

Daniel’s announcement…….

Hello Folks and Good Morning!

Finally we’ve the Announcement the entire Democratic Establishment as well as “The Dog” was waiting for. Folks, we’ve BREAKING NEWS out of the Empire State.

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has OFFICIALLY declared that he is indeed running for Governor of New York.

His new Website will be:

http://www.andrewcuomo.com/

Story from POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/blogs/maggiehaberman/0510/Cuomo_makes_bid_official_.html

May 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Daniel……New York Governor & Senate: Cuomo leads General Election, Lazio the Republican Primary for Governor; Pataki would still beat Gillibrand IF he after all decides to run according to a new Quinnipiac University Survey

Hello Dog!

Still undeclared Candidate, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) would CRUSH Republicans in November according to a new Quinnipiac University Survey.

Meanwhile IF after all former Governor George Pataki (R-NY) decides to run he would beat the States Junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) by 5 Points; Otherwise Gillibrand is heavily favored to win the Senate Special Election this year.

Quinnipiac University Survey

New York Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Former U. S. Rep. Rick Lazio  34 %
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy  11 %
Real Estate Developer Carl Paladino  11 %
Others  2 %
Undecided  40 %

General Election

[ Cuomo and Lazio ]

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)  55 %
Former U. S. Rep. Rick Lazio (R)  26 %
Others  2 %
Undecided  15 %

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)  57 %
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (R)  24 %
Others  2 %
Undecided  15 %

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)  60 %
Real Estate Developer Carl Paladino (R)  24 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  14 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://lazio.com/
http://www.levyforgovernor.com/
http://paladinoforthepeople.com/

New York Senate Special Election 2010

Republican Primary

Former New York Governor George Pataki  64 %
Former Nassau County Legislator Bruce Blakeman  15 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  19 %

General Election

Former New York Governor George Pataki (R)  45 %
Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  40 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  13 %

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  47 %
Former Nassau County Legislator Bruce Blakeman (R)  25 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  18 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.kirstengillibrand.com/
http://blakeman2010.com/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  62 %
Disapprove  33 %

Governor David A. Paterson (D)

Approve  25 %
Disapprove  65 %

Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D)

Approve  61 %
Disapprove  26 %

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

Approve  47 %
Disapprove  25 %

Analysis:

“The Dog” keeps arguing with me over “Undeclared Candidates” like Thompson, Rossi or Pataki. May I ask him why Cuomo hasn’t declared yet? Maybe Cuomo doesn’t want to be Governor?

Daniel G.

Ha, ha, ha…That’s funny Daniel…..

Meanwhile…… what is Pataki gonna do?………..

I’m not a Gillibrand fan..but she’s got something going on…maybe its politician repellant…nobody….. from both parties….. wants to go at her?

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 9 Comments

Daniel…..New York Governor & Senate: Cuomo clobbers Lazio & Levy; Lazio leads Levy BIG; Gillibrand still trails Pataki but beats Blakeman; Interestingly Dan Senor wasn't polled?………….

Hello Dog!

“The Dog” teased this Poll this morning so I’ll just have an more in depth look at the Numbers. A new Statewide Survey in the Empire State shows State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) clobbering his Republican Opposition. What’s more surprising is that former U. S. Rep. Rick Lazio (R-NY) starts out the Primary Election Campaign with a HUGE Advantage over Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (R-NY) who announced his Campaign on Friday. I don’t buy these Numbers at all. I think Levy will beat Lazio in the end.

In the Senate Special Election Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) still trails former New York Governor George Pataki (R-NY) by 6 Points but beats her Main Republican Rival Bruce Blakeman (R-NY) by 24 Points. Most surprisingly for me is that New York’s Local Pollster left out Daniel “Dan” Senor (R-NY).

Siena Research Institute Survey

New York Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Lazio and Levy

Former U. S. Rep. Rick Lazio  45 %
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy  16 %

General Election

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)  59 %
Former U. S. Rep. Rick Lazio (R)  21 %
Attorney Warren Redlich (L)  3 %
Undecided  17 %

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)  63 %
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (R)  16 %
Attorney Warren Redlich (L)  4 %

Major Candidate Websites:

http://lazio.com/
http://www.levyforgovernor.com/

Note: Cuomo has still his Attorney General Campaign Website up but that will change soon.

New York Senate Special Election

General Election


Former New York Governor George Pataki (R)  45 %
Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  39 %
Undecided  15 %

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  48 %
Attorney Bruce Blakeman (R)  24 %
Undecided  28 %

Major Candidate Websites:

http://www.kirstengillibrand.com/home
http://blakeman2010.com/

Analysis:

Very surprising they left out Senor.

Daniel G.

Yea Daniel I agree…He hasn’t declared…… but he’s running….Why was he left out?

Keep an eye on Levy….he’s known to be a little bit of a ‘all over the place guy’….and he may not do as well as everyone thinks outside of his native Suffolk County….the fact remains this is Cuomo’s to lose…and with numbers like his (they will go down a bit ) he looks very much like a winner…..

That would be a father son team…like the ….He, he, he Bush’s……….

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Daniel…..New York Governor & Senate: Cuomo clobbers Lazio & Levy; Lazio leads Levy BIG; Gillibrand still trails Pataki but beats Blakeman; Interestingly Dan Senor wasn’t polled?………….

Hello Dog!

“The Dog” teased this Poll this morning so I’ll just have an more in depth look at the Numbers. A new Statewide Survey in the Empire State shows State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) clobbering his Republican Opposition. What’s more surprising is that former U. S. Rep. Rick Lazio (R-NY) starts out the Primary Election Campaign with a HUGE Advantage over Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (R-NY) who announced his Campaign on Friday. I don’t buy these Numbers at all. I think Levy will beat Lazio in the end.

In the Senate Special Election Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) still trails former New York Governor George Pataki (R-NY) by 6 Points but beats her Main Republican Rival Bruce Blakeman (R-NY) by 24 Points. Most surprisingly for me is that New York’s Local Pollster left out Daniel “Dan” Senor (R-NY).

Siena Research Institute Survey

New York Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Lazio and Levy

Former U. S. Rep. Rick Lazio  45 %
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy  16 %

General Election

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)  59 %
Former U. S. Rep. Rick Lazio (R)  21 %
Attorney Warren Redlich (L)  3 %
Undecided  17 %

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)  63 %
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (R)  16 %
Attorney Warren Redlich (L)  4 %

Major Candidate Websites:

http://lazio.com/
http://www.levyforgovernor.com/

Note: Cuomo has still his Attorney General Campaign Website up but that will change soon.

New York Senate Special Election

General Election


Former New York Governor George Pataki (R)  45 %
Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  39 %
Undecided  15 %

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  48 %
Attorney Bruce Blakeman (R)  24 %
Undecided  28 %

Major Candidate Websites:

http://www.kirstengillibrand.com/home
http://blakeman2010.com/

Analysis:

Very surprising they left out Senor.

Daniel G.

Yea Daniel I agree…He hasn’t declared…… but he’s running….Why was he left out?

Keep an eye on Levy….he’s known to be a little bit of a ‘all over the place guy’….and he may not do as well as everyone thinks outside of his native Suffolk County….the fact remains this is Cuomo’s to lose…and with numbers like his (they will go down a bit ) he looks very much like a winner…..

That would be a father son team…like the ….He, he, he Bush’s……….

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Oh, Snap!….. Lazio Endorsed by Conservative Party ……

AP/ Richard Drew: Rick Lazio during his 2000 Senate campaign.

Reports of Rick Lazio’s political demise are unfounded folks……

While the media and Steve Levy thought they had Lazio going under the bus ….the states Conservative party just stopped that move with a vote to back the fledging candidates bid to run for New York State Governor this fall……

Never count your eggs before they hatch…..Steve Levy just got a round house punch to the jaw……
A divided group of New York State Conservative Party leaders voted Saturday to throw the party’s support behind Rick A. Lazio, giving the former congressman’s troubled campaign for governor a boost as it struggles to hang on to Republican support.

The 14-5 vote, while not binding, strengthens Mr. Lazio’s position as he fights off a challenge from Steve Levy, the Suffolk County executive and a Democrat who said Friday that he was switching parties to seek the Republican nomination.

Mr. Lazio, who made an appearance at Conservative Party headquarters in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, just minutes after the vote was taken, used the endorsement of the small but influential party to rebut the perception that his campaign was faltering.

“Today was a huge step forward,” he said. “This great party, the Conservative Party, which has been a decisive factor for every Republican statewide win since this party was founded, is absolutely essential. It makes me feel great, honestly, to have the support of leaders like this.”

Asked whether Mr. Levy’s entrance into the race unsettled him, Mr. Lazio responded, “I am not worried about him.”

Mr. Levy’s campaign sought to play down the significance of the vote, which it characterized as nothing more than a nonbinding recommendation from the party’s executive committee.

“This was merely an unweighted recommendation and has little meaning until a designee is officially chosen at the convention in June,” the Levy campaign said in a statement. “We anticipate major defections, as was the case with the Republican Party.”

This further on Levy…..

Mr. Levy, while largely an unknown quantity outside Long Island, has a sharp tongue and a spirited demeanor, and many Republicans say that he could make for a formidable opponent on the stump against Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, the presumptive Democratic nominee. Mr. Levy also has more than $4.1 million on hand and has attracted the attention of prominent national Republican political consultants and donors. He plans to hold fund-raising events in Manhattan, the Hamptons and Palm Beach, Fla., in the coming weeks.

And leaders of some of the state’s largest Republican county organizations have been defecting to Mr. Levy’s campaign in growing numbers since he declared, loosening Mr. Lazio’s once-firm grip on the nomination. Whether Mr. Levy can secure a place on the ballot is largely up to the Republican county organizations, which will send delegates to that party’s nominating convention in June.

Because Mr. Levy’s party switch will not take effect until after the November election, he must receive the support of more than 50 percent of the delegates. Mr. Lazio, as a registered Republican, needs more than 25 percent to get on the ballot.

For the whole piece…..


March 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Democratic Suffolk Long Island Steve Levy will switch to the GOP to run against Cuomo…..

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy will announce that he's running for Governor as a Republican

In a repeat of Mike Bloomberg’s political history..a prominate Long Island New York politician, Steve Levy, is about to switch over to the GOP to run for the New York State Governor’s office….

The hints have e=been there for a while….Levy who is quixotic and has been forever fighting with his country cops and legislators is popular in Suffolk…..but will be facing a well financed and known opponent in Andrew Cuomo…..He’ll put up a fight though….and expect Cuomo’s numbers to come down… but Cuomo will win…..what happens to Rick Lazio?

After Hillary rolled him in her first race for the senate……he never quite recovered……

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is abandoning the party that reelected him as County Executive last year and will instead announce his bid for governor on the Republican Party line tomorrow, a source close to Levy tells examiner.com.

The lifelong Democrat is touting himself as a candidate who will bring real change to Albany and “clean house,” sources said.  But in the process he will likely alienate the Democratic base that has backed him time and time again.  In January, when Mr. Levy launched an exploratory committee he said he was open to accepting multiple party endorsements but rejected the notion he would switch parties. “I am a Democrat,” he said. “That’s where I’d be running for office.”

But now Levy has done an about face and according to sources will appear in Albany tomorrow alongside several Republican County Chairs.  Former Republican Congressman Rick Lazio is currently declared candidate of a major party, but Levy has the support of State GOP Chairman Ed Cox and significantly more money than Lazio, which may make him appear to be a more viable candidate.

But Levy faces one major obstacle that could bring his campaign to a halt long before the September Primary.  Under state law, his change in party affiliation won’t take effect until after November, so he’ll need at least 50 percent of the vote at the New York State Republican Party Convention in June.

Democratic Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to enter the race in the coming weeks and according to polls is the frontrunner, but it’s a long road to November.

More on the impending switch……

Even more….here…..…and here.…….

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments