Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer’s supporters gathered in front of a public housing complex this afternoon, railing against his opponent, Eliot Spitzer, for appearing at an event alongside a race-baiting candidate. They did this as the same controversial pol, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, stood beside them.
The end result was one of the wilder press conferences of this year’s election cycle.
“We are gathered here at the Douglass Houses as a community to repudiate one of the things that Eliot Spitzer has done, which is he has embraced individuals who are hate mongers,” said community activist Brian Benjamin at the event, which was crashed by Mr. Lopez-Pierre.
Former Gov. David Paterson campaigned with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer this morning outside a subway stop in Harlem, but the appearance quickly turned awkward as the former governor refused to criticize Mr. Spitzer’s opponent: his former boss
Mr. Paterson, who served under Eliot Spitzer as lieutenant governor and took over when he resigned, repeatedly refused to answer a simple question: why voters should choose the little-known Stringer over Mr. Spitzer, who is leading the polls in the comptroller’s race.
“I’m not going to answer the question of why they should choose Scott over Eliot. That’s your question. I didn’t ask that question and I’m not answering it,” said Mr. Paterson, who had endorsed Mr. Stringer long before Mr. Spitzer entered the race.
CLARIFICATION: Although the Willamette Week reported that “[Mr.] Bhatia told staff he alone decided who would be laid off,” Mr. Bhatia himself has expressed his viewpoint that this is not in fact the case, claiming that as editor of the paper and head of the “news operations,” he did not have that authority over editorial page staffers including his wife.
Last week, Portland’s main daily newspaper, The Oregonian, announced that it would end daily delivery and lay off some staffers. How many? Portland alt-weekly Willamette Week reports that The Oregonian laid off almost 100 people, including 49 people in the newsroom.
Among the casualties of The Oregonian’s transition to a digital news company? Mr. Bhatia’s own wife, Liz Dahl, who is (or, rather, was) a commentary editor at the paper. That’s got to make for some awkward dinner conversations.
In the paper this week, we covered how down-ballot Republicans are keeping their distance–but not too much distance–from their gubernatorial nominee, Carl Paladino.
Here’s video of Nan Hayworth, the Republican challenger in New York’s 19th Congressional District, answering a hypothetical question about whether she would want Paladino to come to the district and endorse Read More
New York State Senate Democratic leader John Sampson will be brunching with the Stonewall Democratic Club at Junior’s Cheesecake on Saturday. The meeting comes as a re-energized LGBT community has grown increasingly disenchanted with the Senate majority and several anti-marriage equality state Senators are facing primaries from challengers backed by gay rights groups.
Earlier this Read More
In Jeffrey Toobin’s profile of Chuck Schumer in last week’s New Yorker (subscription only), the senior U.S. senator from New York, an anti-”anti-business liberal,” says his only major asset is his Park Slope apartment.
The story goes that in 1982, when Mr. Schumer was a state congressman, he and his wife, Read More