ALBANY—What do a Democratic assemblyman from the Bronx, a Republican state senator from Rome, a good-government advocate and the Niagara County Republican chairman have in common?
They all oppose New York's current system for selecting a vacancy for the U.S. Senate.
"New York has a system of special elections for vacancies in the state legislature–why Read More
Almost all New York elected officials were lining up behind Hillary Clinton when Assemblyman Michael Benjamin of the Bronx announced he would support Barack Obama in the summer of 2007.
Now, he'd like to be recognized for that.
“I’m not just some wacko on the outside,” Benjamin said in a brief telephone Read More
Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, an early Obama supporter from the Bronx, thinks the media is perpetuating a storyline about conflict between the Obama camp and the Clintons. It doesn’t really exist, he told me earlier today in the Pepsi Center.
Later, I got an email from Benjamin about Hillary Clinton’s speech, which he thinks Read More
Michael Bloomberg welcomed Hillary Clinton back into New York’s political scene with a party at Gracie Mansion last night, closing the two-hour party with a live chorus singing “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.”
Among the guests were Governor David Paterson, Senator Chuck Schumer, Representative Charlie Rangel, Barbara Walters, Chevy Chase and Tina Brown. Inside Edition Read More
Assemblyman Michael Benjamin of the Bronx, a Democrat who has criticized Spitzer on occasions, emails: "I’m dazed by today’s news regarding Gov Spitzer’s involvement with a prostitution ring. My wife, Kennedy, and I offer our prayers for Silda Wall Spitzer and her two daughters. We pray that Gov Spitzer makes the right decision for his Read More
A sports-minded reader predicts a rebuttal to the Michael Benjamins and Paul Newells of the world, who are already writing Hillary Clinton’s political obiturary.
"Here’s my question: when is HRC going to pull out the line about how "Another team from New York was facing a recently undefeated opponent this year, and Read More
Democratic Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, a Barack Obama supporter, thinks it’s over for Hillary Clinton.
In an e-mail he sent at 1:32 a.m. headlined “STICK A FORK IN HRC,” Benjamin wrote:
Sen Obama is 10-and-0 (11-0, if you count Washington state). The race issue can now be put to rest. America knows that Read More
Here’s the late-night spin Assemblyman and Obama supporter Michael Benjamin of the Bronx emailed to reporters: This is incredible. 3AM and counting. HRC failed to deliver the knockout blow. Sen Obama won 13 states, mostly "flyover" states. California and NY are out-of-touch with the middle American concerns and values that Barack speaks to, which typifies Read More
Assemblyman Michael Benjamin is in South Carolina this weekend, campaigning for Barack Obama.
At 12:29 a.m. this morning, he emailed a dispatch from there to reporters, which explains, “Negative campaigning hurt more than the Clinton campaign’s race-baiting,” and “HRC has not proved that she can attract more than 40% of the vote. Read More
Here’s Obama supporter Assemblyman Michael Benjamin of the Bronx noting that a “95-percent-white state went with Barack Obama and they didn’t lie to a pollster. They weren’t trying to be politically correct.” Read More