Morning Read: 'A Partridge in a Pear Tree'

(Photo: Getty)

(Photo: Getty)

GOP Republican mayoral candidates Tom Allon, Adolfo Carrión and John Catsimatidis were among those that addressed the Brooklyn GOP’s holiday party last night.

Congressman Bob Turner gave an exit interview to Hamodia earlier this week, where he indicated he didn’t think he could have beaten Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, but claimed he would have done better than Wendy Long, who vanquished him in the primary. “I’m not sure I could have defeated her but I might have been more helpful for what we call down-ticket support,” he said. “So for some of the close races like Randy Altschuler [who ran against Rep. Tim Bishop] – down-ticket support might have been helpful there. It might have been helpful to [Rep. Mary Ann] Buerkle, and it might have been helpful to [Rep. Nan] Hayworth.”

City Council candidate Yetta Kurland no longer has a gun. “I am an unwavering longtime advocate for gun control,” she explained to The Villager. “Further, many progressive, outspoken politicians who advocate for gun control have been licensed for a firearm, including New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. I am not alone and continue to be a voice in efforts to make this world a safer place.”

Meanwhile, Ms. Kurland landed the endorsement of District Council 37 and Ms. Kurland’s opponent, Corey Johnson, was endorsed by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson will bring Hank Sheinkopf, “a well known and rather salty Democratic strategist,” onto his mayoralcampaign.

And Mr. Thompson’s opponents, current Comptroller John Liu, did not get a favorable review of his “State of the City” speech from the New York Post:

“But, really, are there no limits?

Liu laid himself bare onstage: part Master of the Revels, part piteously pandering pol, part Bozo the Clown — even if he did leave off the big red nose.

There was a mostly Asian public-school choir, a mostly black dance troupe and a trio of Mexican violin-playing brothers. No knock on the performers, but all that was missing was a partridge in a pear tree.”

Here is Mr. Liu in a reporter scrum after his speech: