Headline of the Day: “Joe Lhota, Everyman, Wears Costco Clothes.”
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer took another swipe at current Gov. Andrew Cuomo last night. “It has been a uniquely unsuccessful legislative session. I think Andrew is acknowledging that,” he said on Road to City Hall. “He’s being caught in the bind of having essentially acquiesced to a reasonably conservative republican majority in the Senate … Now the progressive agenda he says he wants is never going to get through that Senate.”
Fresh off the Daily News reporting yesterday that insiders expect the UFT to endorse Bill Thompson for mayor, the New York Post is out with an even more confident report today. “The UFT is going for Thompson, and will spare no expense to get him elected,” one source said. Others said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio still might have a chance for the nod.
A New York Times look at the teachers’ union influence found they “have so much polling data that they can pinpoint the views of Puerto Ricans and Chinese immigrants alike. They can tailor messages based on brands of toilet paper voters buy … [T]hey are now scouring financial records and questioning candidates about $4,000 restaurant bills.”
Council candidate Antonio Reynoso directly accused disgraced former Assemblyman Vito Lopez of planting a “fake spoiler candidate” City Council candidate in their race. And, according to a press advisory, this afternoon, a “trifecta” of Democrats are jumping on the Reynoso bandwagon: Brooklyn’s Democratic Party leader Frank Seddio, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, currently indicted for corruption, disputes his former wire-wearing colleague Nelson Castro‘s characterizations of him in a New York profile this week. “The parts about me are inaccurate, particularly the parts about promising to get legislation passed in the same year it is introduced,” Mr. Stevenson insisted. “Any legislator here can tell you it’s ludicrous to say something like that.”
And Attorney General Eric Schneiderman went on All In with Chris Hayes to discuss the banking industry’s role in the financial crisis: