Headline of the Day: “Big Kiss for No-Longer Ambivalent Thompson.”
Alternate: “Backing of UFT is deal with sickos and perverts.”
The Wall Street Journal profiled mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson‘s education posturing, noting he “has assembled an improbable coalition of schools-focused supporters that brings together a handful of warring camps, adding heft to his argument that he is best qualified to deal with city schools, but raising questions about whether he will eventually have to turn against some of his backers.”
While The New York Times looked at a Thompson campaign stop gone awry: “For aides to William C. Thompson Jr., a Democratic mayoral candidate, the logic of the location must have seemed unimpeachable. The guards protecting the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building did not see it that way.”
The Times also found a Thompson fund-raiser with a bit of a negative brand thanks to being “an admitted swindler who once cheated a tiny, economically depressed Wisconsin village out of $250,000 and later escaped from a federal prison,” once accused of “selling $25,000 in fake stock in an Internet company to a retired police chief who was dying of cancer.”
Reshma Saujani is fund-raising off Councilwoman Tish James‘s suggestion that she is an out of touch Wall Street ally. “Reshma’s opponent directly launched the first attack in this race, saying Reshma is ‘out of touch.’ Out of touch??” her public advocate campaign wrote to supporters. “[O]ur opponent is desperately trying up to cover up her struggling campaign.”
Assemblywoman Deborah Glick is denying a New York Post article reporting that she was overheard telling a colleague, “You’ve been in the paper a lot talking about the speaker. You should quiet down before someone starts playing games with you.” Ms. Glick tweeted this morning that the Post ran a story “about things I never said, but what that’s not news.”
And Daily News columnist Bill Hammond is thoroughly skeptical of Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s plan for his much-touted Moreland Commission to clean up Albany corruption:
The last time a governor tried this tactic, the commission exposed dirty deals, deplored flimsy rules and weak enforcement and called for sweeping reforms — almost none of which became law.
“Many parts of the system that allowed the political scandals to take place remain intact, ripe for abuse in the decade ahead,” the commission warned in its final report. “This in itself is a scandal.”
The year was 1990. The governor’s name was Cuomo. Mario Cuomo.