Public Advocate Bill de Blasio seems to be enjoying Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasting his tax plans. Indeed, on Inside City Hall last night, he challenged Mr. Bloomberg to a debate and said the host, Errol Louis, would do a better job moderating than Jim Lehrer. Also, not-so-surprisingly, he hammered Council Speaker Christine Quinn, pulling out prepared paperettywork to illustrate his point when her small business plan was brought up.
On the same program, Former Governor Eliot Spitzer doubted if Governor Andrew Cuomo, “in his heart of hearts,” actually wants Democrats to win control of the New York State Senate. Former Mayor Ed Koch also noted his endorsement of Democratic Senator Joe Addabo wasn’t an especially easy one. “Interestingly enough, I am supporting Joe Addabbo because I knew his father and I served with him in the House of Representatives,” he said. “But it’s kind of painful for me because the guy running against him is really a terrific guy, Eric Ulrich, and I supported him for his City Council seat.”
Yesterday, Crain’s Insider reported Assemblyman Brook-Krasny was considering staying in Albany instead of taking the expected plunge for term-limited Councilman Domenic Recchia‘s seat. But, asking around at a Dyker Heights debate last night, his decision to stay in the State Legislature has apparently already been made. “I’m in my job not for myself but for my constituency,” Mr. Brook-Krasny told us. “If I can do more in the assembly in the seniority, I will stay in the assembly.” Betty Ann Canizio, the district leader in neighboring Assemblyman Peter Abbate’s district, put it more directly over Twitter: “Alec does not want to, that was only a rumor. He loves being an Assemblyman.”
Senator Tony Avella won conservative blog props for walking off a stage where an Islamic activist compared Israel to Nazi Germany, but that apparently wasn’t enough for his GOP opponent, Joseph Concannon, who sent out a robocall not mentioning that key fact. “Did you know that Tony Avella went to Manhattan to support a radical Islamic preacher who supports anti-American ideologies last week?” it asked. Mr. Avella was not amused, however, calling the attack “despicable” and more. Quote Mr. Avella, “When people complain about politics, this is what they complain about – nasty, negative campaigning.”
Democratic congressional candidate Dan Maffei keeps hitting incumbent Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle hard on the topic of rape: