Into Left Field
Last night Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was again the darling of the left.
Headlining a Brooklyn fund-raiser for the group New York Communities for Change, Mr. de Blasio was hailed as a progressive hero and the fruit of a more than decade-long battle by labor groups, grassroots organizations and the Working Families Party to crown one of their own.
Although the chaotic Democratic mayoral primary has ended with Bill de Blasio emerging the victor, the race to replace the public advocate is just ramping up.
The October 1 runoff between Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron is widely seen as a tossup by political insiders, who note each Democrat carries glaring strengths and weaknesses into the contest. While Ms. James has a broad labor coalition and would be the only non-white Democrat to win a nomination, Mr. Squadron has enjoyed a fund-raising advantage and solid debate performances thus far.
Democratic leaders and labor unions are making it very clear they do not want a runoff election.
Standing before the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, a mass of elected officials and unions, including the labor-backed Working Families Party, officially endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor today.
They join Rev. Al Sharpton and other labor leaders who announced their support for Mr. de Blasio yesterday.
Last month, we posted a video of Rent Stabilization Association head Joe Strasburg bragging about his landlord group helped elect a Republican majority in the State Senate, since, despite his dependence on developer donations, Andrew Cuomo is still seen as trying to split the difference between landlord and tenant groups.
Today, the Working Read More
Two recent special elections are putting a spotlight on the Working Families Party, and testing their newfound strength, following the recent ballot reshuffling that not only elevated the labor-backed group, but also established a permanent line for one of their would-be rivals, the Green Party.
In the Rochester mayoral race, Democrat Tom Richards, Read More
After five years at City Hall News, Edward-Isaac Dovere is leaving to take a job at Politico. His new title will be breaking news editor, a new position for the Washington-based outlet.
The president and CEO of the company that publishes City Hall News, Tom Allon, told me Dovere “joins a long line Read More
DCCC Chairman, Rep. Steve Israel of Long Island, helps make National Public Radio a Democratic cause, with this fund-raising email a moment ago:
Now the Republicans want to control the news. In fact, House Republicans announced a vote for TOMORROW to cut all federal funding for National Public Radio.
The GOP’s latest misguided priority Read More
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will not be accepting the Working Families Party nomination–or certainly not right now.
Cuomo adviser Phil Singer sent out a statement this afternoon saying that the campaign would not submit his name for the WFP convention this weekend on account of “several open issues that need to be considered,” adding that Read More
The Working Families Party’s report on its own dealings, written by former Chief Judge Judith Kaye, is out, and recommends a number of new transparency measures going forward.
The report offers neither a condemnation nor exoneration of the WFP’s past. Most notably, Kaye declined to take a retrospective look at the labor-backed party’s actions in Read More
Andrew Cuomo continues to be cagey about when he’ll announce his run for governor, but with David Paterson out of the way, opponents are figuring they may as well attack him.
So New Yorkers for Growth–a pro-business P.A.C.–is out with an early spot attacking the attorney general for not investigating the Working Families Read More