This will be the last word on the Rangel presser today, but the congressman was asked by Azi Paybarah of WNYC if he planned to debate his primary opponents. What followed was a long, Rangelian digression on his opponents.
I have yet to hear of one. And none of my opponents have said anything unkind Read More
Both Bill Perkins and Basil Smikle, who are currently running against one another for a state Senate seat in Harlem. will be attending Charlie Rangel’s birthday fundraiser tonight at the Plaza Hotel, both campaigns have confirmed.
This is not a huge surprise. Rangel remains overwhelmingly popular in Central Harlem, where the 30th State Senate district Read More
Basil Smikle, a political consultant trying to upend incumbent Democratic state Senator Bill Perkins in a closely watched primary, said today that he is standing by embattled Congressman Charlie Rangel.
“For me, personally, Charlie is a hero, and I want to be able to support a hero,” Smikle said. “If anyone has any issue Read More
A source from Basil Smikle’s State Senate campaign responded to our post about his race against incumbent Bill Perkins (a proxy fundraising battle, we argued, between the teachers union and charter school advocates) by pointing out that Smikle actually bested Perkins in fundraising this period, despite only being in the race for two Read More
Hank Sheinkopf was working for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reelection from the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.
“I’m in Florida for the weekend,” said Mr. Sheinkopf, one of a number of prominent Democratic consultants now working for the mayor, in a recent phone interview. He was there for a speaking engagement. Read More
In his column today, Juan Gonzalez noted that Michael Bloomberg is going to appear at an Al Sharpton event later this week.
According to the web site of Sharpton’s National Action Network, the event is actually an invitation-only luncheon this Thursday in midtown, where Bloomberg will be among the people giving remarks. Read More
Last night, Michael Bloomberg spoke at a dinner in Manhattan hosted by the group 100 Black Men, Inc.
He got a good reception, joked about being bit by a groundhog on Staten Island, and avoided making any news. While he did that, I got the chance to chat with three attendees working Read More
Michael Bloomberg’s re-election campaign isn’t hiring everyone, he wants you to know.
“Last time I checked, there were probably a few other Democratic consultants in the country that we haven’t hired. Even I don’t think I have that kind of money necessary to hire them all. That’s not a particularly good strategy,” he Read More
At the mayor’s state of the city speech earlier this month, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz referred to Michael Bloomberg’s reelection campaign as a “job creation program.”
For New York’s most prominent Democratic consultants and operatives, it’s been nothing less—an acquisition project so far-reaching that it actually threatens to dry up the market in experienced Read More
Michael Bloomberg’s campaign has officially hired Hank Sheinkopf, the bare-knuckled Democratic consultant who helped elect one of the mayor’s prospective rivals, Bill Thompson, to citywide office in 2001.
Sheinkopf’s hire was confirmed by a campaign spokesman in an email to me just now.
We’ve been speculating for a while that Sheinkopf would join Read More