Morning Read: ‘Not Just a Blue-Haired Old Lady Issue’

Today's Newsday.

Today’s Newsday.

New Jersey Headline of the Day: “Chris Christie Denies New Hoboken Allegations on Grounds That Source Likes Him Too Much”

Regular Headline of the Day: “Resolved: Trump won’t run.”

The New York Times reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, under pressure from the left, “plans to use his budget proposal this week to push for approval of new ethics laws and a public financing system for state political campaigns.” One administration told the paper Mr. Cuomo “is going to use every tool at his disposal to enact top-to-bottom ethics reform.”

“This is a red-meat issue, not just a blue-haired old lady issue; it’s not just the goo-goos who want this,” Mike Kink, of Strong Economy for All, told Capital New York of the financing funding. “This links the populist economic message with the good-government message in a way that has a lot of emotion and drive behind it right now.”

Crain’s New York Business explored the difficulty of breaking up the Port Authority. “The first thing you change with the Port is eliminate those patronage appointees and put in people who are strong and independent,” said James Doig, a Dartmouth College professor. “And get rid of that deputy executive director job.” (That job is vacant due to scandal-induced resignations.)

A Daily News report suggests Congressman Michael Grimm may have used “donor swapping”–candidates trading donors willing to give the maximum contribution to skirt fund-raising limits–in his 2010 race. Meanwhile, the Staten Island Advance reports: “No accusations of wrongdoing, but a week of troubles for Staten Island GOP Rep. Grimm.”

The New York Post‘s Cindy Adams says ex-mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has been offered a “Wise Guys” slot on NY1′s Inside City Hall. “Seems those bad guys — like Spitzer — get television time. Maybe next on a reality series, New Jersey’s Gov. Chunky?” mused Ms. Adams, who cautioned: “No deal’s cemented yet.”

While the Post‘s Fred Dicker reports Mr. Cuomo “is under attack from Donald Trump, Rob Astorino and other leading Republicans for his jaw-dropping claim that conservatives who oppose abortion and gay rights and favor traditional gun ownership ‘have no place in the state of New York.’’’

But, over the weekend, Mr. Cuomo’s team took an unusual step in denying the Post‘s framing of the issue: penning an open letter that provides additional context on his Friday radio interview:

Open Letter to the Editor Regarding New York Post Story “Gov. Cuomo to conservatives: Leave NY” published on Saturday, January 18th, 2014.

The New York Post distorted Governor Cuomo’s words yesterday, saying that the Governor said “conservatives should leave New York.” The Governor did not say that, nor does he believe that.

If you read the transcript (below), it is clear that the Governor was making the observation that an extreme right candidate cannot win statewide because this is a politically moderate state (either moderate Republican or moderate Democratic).

In the same response, the Governor went on to say “it is fine” to be anti-gun control, and anti-choice” – as he respects both positions.

The Post can allow any person they want to publish in their paper but if they are to retain any credibility they cannot be entirely reckless with facts and the truth.

Transcript below:

Yeah, I think that that is actually, I don’t think that that is right Susan. I think it is a very important point, but I don’t think it is that I’m less of a democrat, I think what you are seeing is, you have a schism within the Republican Party. You have the Republican Party searching for identity; they are searching to define their soul. That is what is going on. It is the Republican Party that is it a moderate party or is it a conservative party? That is what they are trying to figure out and it is very interesting because it is a mirror of what is going on in Washington, right? The gridlock is Washington is less about democrats and republicans. It is more about extreme republicans versus moderate republicans. And a moderate republican in Washington can’t figure out how to deal with the extreme republicans. And the moderate republicans are affair of the extreme conservative republicans in Washington in my opinion.

You’ve seen that play out in New York, their SAFE act, the Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act. It was voted for by moderate republicans who run the Senate. Their problem is not me and democrats, their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are.

Moderate republicans like in the Senate right now and control the senate, Moderate republicans have a place in this state. George Pataki was governor of this state as a moderate republican. But not as what you are hearing from them on the far right not this clash that you are getting from the quote unquote power brokers of the party now. We are right to life, we are pro assault weapon or anti-gay…Well that was planned anyway, I think he did that in reaction to the meets we were having. You know moderate republicans, I work with, moderate republicans passed my agenda, for the past three years. They want to criticize my record? My record was passed by the moderate republicans, so they are criticizing themselves and this really isn’t about me Susan. This is who are they? And who is going to win between the conservative republicans, the extremely conservative republicans and the moderately conservative republicans. And literally look at the issues that they pick, are we right to life or are we pro-choice? Well if you are right to life, that is your opinion and that’s your religious belief, that is fine but that is not the opinion of this state, which
70% are pro-choice in this state. “Well we are anti-gun control”, that is fine.

70% of this state wants intelligent gun control. “We don’t agree with gay marriage, we are anti-gay”, that is fine but 70% of this state about, is now pro-gay marriage so figure out who you are and figure out if you are of a extreme conservative philosophy and if you can survive in this state. And the answer is no.

(Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father in law of Jared Kushner, the owner of Observer Media Group.)