Blagojevich’s New York Guy

A local detail on today's big story:

Long before Rod Blagojevich was taken into custody, he employed as a deputy governor Bradley Tusk, who New York political types may remember as the young high-achiever who worked for Michael Bloomberg and, before that, for Senator Chuck Schumer and, before that, for former city parks commissioner Henry Stern.

In New York, Tusk helped Bloomberg create a program to make public schools “more parent-friendly” and produce the “Thank You America” video in the aftermath of the country’s outpouring of support following the 2001 terrorist attacks. He also was a point person on the mayor's attempt to compile a list of campaign promises for purposes of public self-assessment, and he served “the Mayor’s liaison to a number of political organizations and civic and religious institutions.”

Tusk eventually left his job with Blagojevich to work for the equally ill-fated Lehman Brothers.

UPDATE: More than a detail: he’ll be managing Bloomberg’s reelection campaign. The Post reported it, citing sources, last month.

Article continues below
More from Politics
STAR OF DAVID OR 'PLAIN STAR'?   If you thought "CP Time" was impolitic, on July 2 Donald Trump posted a picture on Twitter of a Star of David on top of a pile of cash next to Hillary Clinton's face. You'd think after the aforementioned crime stats incident (or after engaging a user called "@WhiteGenocideTM," or blasting out a quote from Benito Mussolini, or...) Trump would have learned to wait a full 15 seconds before hitting the "Tweet" button. But not only was the gaffe itself bad, the attempts at damage control made the BP oil spill response look a virtuoso performance.  About two hours after the image went up on Trump's account, somebody took it down and replaced it with a similar picture that swapped the hexagram with a circle (bearing the same legend "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!"!). Believe it or not, it actually got worse from there. As reports arose that the first image had originated on a white supremacist message board, Trump insisted that the shape was a "sheriff's star," or "plain star," not a Star of David. And he continued to sulk about the coverage online and in public for days afterward, even when the media was clearly ready to move on. This refusal to just let some bad press go would haunt him later on.
Donald Trump More Or Less Says He’ll Keep On Tweeting as President