Yesterday evening, President Barack Obama gave a shout-out to Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a campaign event in Boulder, Colo. “I was just on a phone call with some of the local officials in New York, as well as Governor Cuomo, and they’ve got still a long way to go to deal with this incredible storm,” he said. “But we’ve also been inspired these past few days–because when disaster strikes, we see America at its best.”
According to the White House, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino will travel to Staten Island today, “to meet with state and local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy.”
With Election Day around the corner, GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth, running for re-election against Sean Patrick Maloney, gave herself $100,000 a few days ago.
Mr. Obama’s statement on Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s endorsement:
“I’m honored to have Mayor Bloomberg’s endorsement. I deeply respect him for his leadership in business, philanthropy and government, and appreciate the extraordinary job he’s doing right now, leading New York City through these difficult days. While we may not agree on every issue, Mayor Bloomberg and I agree on the most important issues of our time – that the key to a strong economy is investing in the skills and education of our people, that immigration reform is essential to an open and dynamic democracy, and that climate change is a threat to our children’s future, and we owe it to them to do something about it. Just as importantly, we agree that whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or independents, there is only one way to solve these challenges and move forward as a nation – together. I look forward to thanking him in person – but for now, he has my continued commitment that this country will stand by New York in its time of need. And New Yorkers have my word that we will recover, we will rebuild, and we will come back stronger.”
Of the likely mayoral candidates in 2013, Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said yesterday they were in favor of the NYC Marathon going forward this weekend, while 2009 nominee Bill Thompson said he was against the idea. This morning, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer added his voice to the “against” crowd. “But New York has experienced a tragedy of historic proportions,” Mr. Stringer said in a statement. “For this reason, and after significant deliberation, I believe we should postpone and reschedule the New York City Marathon.”
Headlines like this might make it harder to be in the “pro” camp: “Hotel Owner Refuses to Evict Evacuees to Honor Marathon Runners’ Reservations.”
Speaking on his most recent surveys on Capital Tonight last night, Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg said Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter is pulling ahead because the Democratic nature of the district has protected her from the typical backlash of negative campaigning. As to GOP Rep. Michael Grimm, Mr. Greenberg said:
“Not only does he have a lead, I mean, he’s got an insurmountable lead. He’s leading now 52% to 34%, 18 point advantage. He had been leading by 10 a month ago–5 weeks ago–he’s increased his lead. Here’s a guy I said he’s winning 52-34, you know what his favorability rating is? That’s right, 52-34. He’s been getting the you-know-what knocked out of him in terms of the Democratic attack ads.”
Mr. Greenberg also released a number of State Senate race polls this morning. Overall, he brought favorable news for the Democrats, showing them winning or out-performing expectations in two critical districts.
Among Carl Paladino‘s contributions is $2,644 to GOP assembly candidate in Brooklyn, Joseph Hayon.
Here’s Mr. Cuomo on Anderson Cooper 360 last night: