Headline of the Day: “Prince of N.Y.”
Lede of the Day: “Eliot Spitzer’s new squeeze is Bill de Blasio’s mouthpiece.”
Last night, political observers were given an early Christmas gift with dueling “exclusives” from the New York Post and Daily News reporting that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio‘s chief spokeswoman, Lis Smith, has been–in the words of the Post, “shacking up with her married, former boss”—ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
While the News was up with the story first, the Post’s version (posted about an hour later) includes photos of the pair coming and going from Ms. Smith’s SoHo apartment last week. “Lis Smith is a friend of Eliot’s and he holds her in high regard,” Mr. Spitzer’s longtime spokeswoman, Lisa Linden, told both the papers. The campaign did not respond to questions last night about Mr. de Blasio’s reaction and how the news would impact Ms. Smith’s chances of becoming press secretary
In an interview with NY1 on Friday, Congressman Charlie Rangel talked about his decision to run for a 23rd term: “If it works, it works,” said Mr. Rangel, who went on to claim that there are no other qualified contenders on the bench. “The problem has been that everybody that I so-called expected that would be there, guess what? They got old,” he quipped. “There’s nobody in the district–nobody you can think of–that has friends and supporters in all parts.”
Wall Street Journal is out with a new poll that shows “stark racial divides in the way New Yorkers view” Mr. de Blasio and outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg.” According to the survey, more than seven in 10 black voters think Mr. de Blasio “will change the city for the better,” versus just 49 percent of white voters. And white voters “are nearly twice as likely as black voters to say that Mr. Bloomberg’s legacy is a good one,” they found.
And it turns out that Andy Meng–the president of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity, who is reportedly under investigation in connection with the recent death of a Baruch College student in an alleged hazing incident–is the brother of Congresswoman Grace Meng, the Queen’s Times Ledger reported last week, echoing reports in Chinese-language publications. “The death of this young man is a horrible tragedy. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and urge all who were involved in this incident to fully cooperate with the authorities,” Mr. Meng’s office said in a statement to Politicker confirming the relationship.
And here, in case you missed it, is Mayor Bloomberg’s debut performance on “Saturday Night Live,” in which he dishes about his future plans: ”I don’t know what the future holds. President? Pope? Naked cowboy? You see, I have lots of options.”