Election Day: 2013apalooza
Why did Christine Quinn lose, when she was supposed to win? Here’s a proposition: It was not because she helped Bloomberg to a third term, not because she was too politically moderate and not because Bill de Blasio’s kid cut an effective television ad. It was not because New York hates women either.
Ms. Quinn Read More
After the Democratic Party’s unity rally for Bill Thompson on Sunday, the campaign sent out a list of supporters that included a name I hadn’t seen on there before: Tom Duane.
Duane, the state senator from Chelsea, didn’t attend the event, but has officially come out in support of Thompson, a fellow Democrat.
Duane was Read More
In 1998, Josh Isay recruited his best friend and fellow Capitol Hill operative, Howard Wolfson, to return to their native New York and work on the long-shot U.S. Senate campaign of his boss, Representative Chuck Schumer. Around the same time, Jefrey Pollock, then a 27-year-old Philadelphia transplant who tried to mask his pubescent appearance Read More
Earlier this month, Joe Trippi told me that he was in talks with Representative Carolyn Maloney about working on Maloney's possible primary challenge to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Now, after a bit of a courtship, Trippi's firm confirms it is actually getting paid to put a campaign together. Paul Blank, the director of Read More
Al Sharpton had just stepped out of a meeting with Barack Obama.
It was January 2007, and he was down in the Obama Senate office during a trip to Washington to meet with a number of Democratic presidential contenders. Mr. Obama had been almost uncannily pitch-perfect, Mr. Sharpton thought, hitting every talking Read More
Earlier this month, Kirsten Gillibrand stood in front of the steps of City Hall to accept the endorsements of two more members of Congress and repeated her standard response to all inquiries related to her facing a potential primary challenge.
"For my part, I am very focused on being the best senator I can Read More
Did Carolyn Maloney jump the gun in rolling Josh Isay out as a campaign consultant?
Last week, when I called Maloney's office with a question about her possibly-maybe Senate campaign, I was referred to Isay, the influential consultant to Michael Bloomberg who, according to a report in City Hall News, 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 Read More
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, along with consultant Josh Isay and fund-raiser Scott Gale, is hosting two private meetings today to talk to supporters about a possible Senate run next year.
Supporters received an email—from scott [at]stringerexplore.com—about the meetings, one at 12:30 p.m. and another one at 7 Read More
Scott Stringer floated his name today as a potential challenger to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Wow—random, you may say. But the important thing to keep in mind is that he has little to lose by this exercise and, potentially, something to gain.
For Stringer, currently the Manhattan borough president, the 2010 election Read More