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Desperate and Disgusting, Cont.

by on Mar.13, 2010, under New York, Politics

Hiram Monserrate is essentially running on pure gay-baiting. There’s nothing else for him. Mind you, he voted for gay marriage a couple of times.

Via Joe. My. God.

The “Si se puede!” at the end is in part because Monserrate, having been booted from the Democratic party, is running on the newly invented Yes We Can! party line. He’s also stolen Obama’s logo, against the wishes of the DNC.

Fortunately none of this BS seems to be working, as Peralta leads by 45 points in the latest poll.

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Disgusting and Desperate

by on Mar.09, 2010, under New York, Politics

It takes some balls, after being expelled from the NY State Senate for lying about assaulting your girlfriend, to try to regain your seat through naked gay-bashing. Hiram Monserrate is truly just vile.

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Everybody Not Run!

by on Mar.02, 2010, under New York, Politics

Time for Mort Zuckerman to write a bitter op-ed in the Daily News explaining how he would run because all other New York and national Republicans suck, but he won’t because he loves the Republican Party so much. (I think he’s a Democrat, but he would have run as a Republican, much like Mike Bloomberg.)

The field in the battle for a New York Senate seat became a little clearer Tuesday when Mortimer B. Zuckerman announced he would not join the race.

Mr. Zuckerman, chairman and publisher of the Daily News, said personal and professional reasons were behind his decision not to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

The field in the battle for a New York Senate seat became a little clearer Tuesday when Mortimer B. Zuckerman announced he would not join the race.

Mr. Zuckerman, chairman and publisher of the Daily News, said personal and professional reasons were behind his decision not to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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I Am A Ween

by on Mar.02, 2010, under New York, Politics

So demonstrateth Harold Ford in his op-ed declaring his noncandidacy for the Senate in New York. Why isn’t he running? Of course it has nothing to do with not paying taxes in New York until this year, or the fact that he’s now an average of 20 points back in the primary. No, he’s just being a good party soldier.

If I run, the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary — a primary where the winner emerges weakened and the Republican strengthened.

I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans.

It only makes sense, therefore, to pen a bitter op-ed in the nation’s leading newspaper that takes as many shots as possible at the current Democratic officeholder and the state Democratic party. Nothing says “I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York” better than, oh:

…The party bosses who tried to intimidate me so that I wouldn’t even think about running against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who had been appointed to the seat by Gov. David A. Paterson, are the same people responsible for putting Democratic control of the Senate at risk… Too few in the Democratic Party are really willing to break with orthodoxy to meet these challenges. …Voting for health care legislation that imposes billions in new taxes on New Yorkers and restricts federal financing for abortions is not good for the people of this state. Voting against critical funds necessary to ensure the survival of the financial services industry — the economic backbone of this state — is not good for the people of New York.

Who could be so delusional as to think that standing up for banks and stopping health care reform is Democrats’ best chance for retaining the Senate in November?

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I Suppose This Is What They Meant

by on Feb.24, 2010, under New York, Politics

Here’s the NY Times big story that was supposed to make David Paterson resign. It won’t, but he really really really won’t win now, as opposed to just really one time.

I assume that when we were all waiting for it before (around Feb. 8, remember), that probably had to do with this bit:

…just before she was due to return to court to seek a final protective order, the woman got a phone call from the governor, according to her lawyer. She failed to appear for her next hearing on Feb. 8, and as a result her case was dismissed.

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Everybody Run!

by on Feb.12, 2010, under New York, Politics

This is just getting stupid.

Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the real estate tycoon and publisher of The Daily News, is considering a bid for the Senate seat now held by Kirsten E. Gillibrand, according to two people told of the discussions.

The Times thinks he’d run as a Republican, which I guess he won’t do if Pataki steps in. I don’t know which scenario makes me feel ickier.

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Worst Senate Candidate Evar?

by on Feb.12, 2010, under New York, Politics

When it comes to his shadow run for Senate, Harold Ford is a New Yorker through and through. When it comes to paying taxes, though, he’s still a Tennessean — he’s never filed a New York return.

Ford claims to have moved to New York three years ago, and says paying “New York taxes” makes him a New Yorker. But his spokeswoman confirms to Gawker that he’s never filed a New York tax return — meaning that he’s never paid New York’s income tax, despite keeping an office and a residence in New York City as a vice chairman of Merrill Lynch since 2007…

Ford presumably decided that his real home was Tennessee, which conveniently has no income tax. Which means that, despite the fact that New York law requires part-time and nonresidents to pay income tax on money they earn in the state, Ford has shielded his entire Merrill Lynch salary from New York’s tax collectors for the past three years.

Even before this latest carpetbaggery revelation, the guy was averaging over 18 points behind Gillibrand in primary polling. Apart from his being buddies with Mike Bloomberg, is there any reason to take him remotely seriously as a candidate? Who pulls this kind of easily discovered stupid crap and thinks he can win? WTF?

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Expelled

by on Feb.09, 2010, under New York, Politics

Buh-bye, Hiram.

But if Paterson does have to resign (unlikely), and his brand-new lieutenant gov steps up, what does that mean for the now evenly split Senate? Prolly deadlock again. Horrors! They might not get anything accomplished!

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The Paterson Scandal Mystery: Day Three, New York Held Curious

by on Feb.09, 2010, under New York, Politics

No scandal reported yet!

By the way, the New York Senate is meeting right now to vote on expelling Hiram Montserrate for assaulting his girlfriend and then lying on it. Good riddance.

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Next Governor, Pls

by on Feb.07, 2010, under New York, Politics

Here’s my prediction: Paterson won’t resign over whatever this is about.

This past week, a rumor emerged that the New York Times is working on a huge bombshell with plans to “Spitzerize” New York governor David Paterson.

Several media outlets have reported on these rumors.

Elizabeth Benjamin at The Daily News describes the report as “much worse” than the governor’s previous admission of an affair with a state employee, though she declines to name NYT by name.

We’ve now heard from a single source familiar with the goings on at the Governor’s office that the story will likely drop on Monday, and that the governor’s resignation will follow.

Rumored scandals are always bigger than real scandals.

UPDATE: No scandal reported today? I’m shocked! Oh, well, maybe he’ll resign tomorrow.

Anyway, since, K-sky asked for it, the infamous Whitey tape.

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