Morning Read: ‘A New York Republicrat’

Senator Adams at a news conference with Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community this week. (Photo: Getty

Senator Adams at a news conference with Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community this week. (Photo: Getty)

Headline of the Day: “Former Bollywood ‘Bad Guy’ Promises Change in City Council Race.”

Gatemouth dropped a large amount of opposition research against State Senator Eric Adams, who is campaigning for Brooklyn borough president. Among the items chronicled are  Mr. Adams’ racially-charged, Nation of Islam-backed campaign for Congress, his criticism of Hispanic politician for marrying a non-Hispanic wife, a sojourn into the Republican Party and, more recently, his defense of former  Senator Hiram Monserrate when he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend.

Mr. Adams also went on Inside City Hall where he suggested some departure from current Borough President Marty Markowitz, who is often associated with projects like the Barclay’s Center. “My focus is quality of life,” he said. “I believe in that concept. So we can’t merely focus on building tall buildings and stadiums without building the people and giving people the resources.” Nevertheless, he added, “What I would like to do with the office is continue what Marty Markowitz has done.”

The New York City Board of Elections, amazingly, is still finding votes from last November’s election and they just unearthed hundreds of ballots, primarily concentrated in Manhattan, where, fortunately for democracy, there weren’t any close general election races. Nevertheless, the revelation is sure to add to the doubts surrounding the Board’s ability to handle the upcoming mayoral election. “It’s not enough to unseat President Obama,” Board President Frederic Umane helpfully pointed out.

“Listen, I once made a landing by myself, with one engine out. I was alone. I don’t like being alone. But I don’t sweat. Other candidates did 10 times worse things than I’ve done. Make my day. Let them go after me,” the latest mayoral hopeful, John Catsimatidis, said during his session with the New York Post‘s Cindy Adams. “I’ve never said no to anybody. I’m 64. A New York Republicrat who wants the next century’s kids to believe in heroes again.”

The Manhattan Young Democrats are rolling out new training sessions for “progressive youth in the New York metropolitan area,” focusing skills analyzing voter data, designing campaign literature and the Spanish language. “Our organization has been on a mission for the last three years to get youth more involved in New York politics. We started by putting nearly 70 new Young Democrats on Manhattan’s Democratic county committee in just one year,” MYD President Ben Yee said in a statement, vowing to do more.

And Councilman Jimmy Oddo filmed an extremely effusive campaign video for his chief of staff, Steve Matteo, who is running to replace him:

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