Hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons, dressed in a bow tie, reflected upon President Obama’s speech at the 20th-anniversary conference of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on the second-floor ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in midtown, his highest-profile speech since kicking off his 2012 reelection campaign. “[It] was O.K.,” he told The Observer. “But listen, Read More
At National Action Network this morning, from left to right:
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s Director of Community Affairs, Kirsten Foy [title fixed]; Independent Party strategist Jackie Salit; 1199 SEIU President George Gresham; former Tennessee congressman and semi-Senate candidate in New York, Harold Ford Jr.; AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders; and the city Read More
The Lunch CROWD
Al Sharpton is starting off his annual Action Network conference with a panel discussion about politics, asking panelists what’s the most pressing issue in the 2012 presidential campaign.
Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr., said it’s about jobs, the debt and external Read More
News About News
Mike Ovitz was telling a group of people at the Grill on Thursday about the $30 Air Jordans he bought me for Christmas. “Julian,” he says, “I actually meant to buy you Prada shoes, just like my shoes that you approve of. But I called Prada myself and they said, ‘I’m very sorry, Mr. Ovitz. Read More
As the Wall Street Journal launched a “Greater New York” section, its direct competitor, The New York Times, was moving City Hall staff around.
First was the recent introduction of Javier Hernandez, who had been covering business. He’s now in City Hall. Most recently, he wrote a story about how Read More
For awhile, it looked like Kirsten Gillibrand might never go on Morning Joe.
Ms. Gillibrand has been judicious in her television appearances since she became a senator last January, and has reportedly declined invititations to step into what seemed like particularly hostile territory–what with host Joe Scarborough offering to knock on doors Read More
Ever since January, when Harold Ford Jr. began toying with a possible run for the U.S. Senate, disgraced urban cowboy Don Imus has been jabbing at the politician-turned-banker-turned-pundit on a regular basis. Along the way, Mr. Imus has called Mr. Ford a “little skunk” and a “gutless weasel.”
But on Tuesday on Imus in the Read More
The Observer‘s Dana Rubinstein, who is at the REBNY lunch where Rupert Murdoch is speaking, emailed to say that Murdoch “voiced support” for Mort Zuckerman as a potential challenger to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
A second person at the event confirmed the remarks, and sent along this quote from Murdoch:
“You probably thought you’d never hear Read More
After voluntarily suspending his MSNBC contract during his quasi-campaign, Harold Ford Jr. went back to the friendly confines of Morning Joe this morning to talk about why he had left the race. (A spokesperson for NBC confirmed his contract as an analyst is back on.)
Here’s a summary:
“The notion that liberals Read More