Cupid, draw back your bow

The name of the day is Malik Cupid, a Corzine administration official who was charged with stealing $1,400 from the bank account of his former girlfriend, who is now on active duty in Iraq. Cupid, who served on Governor Jon Corzine’s staff before becoming Chief of Staff to the New Jersey Secretary of State, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Westchester on Tuesday. He faces up to sixteen years in prison. A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells says no decision has been made about Cupid keeping his $102,000-a-year job. Mitchell Maddux’s story in The Record is a must read. Cupid came to New Jersey after working on John Kerry’s presidential campaign in Florida, where he was on the Political Staff in Pinellas County. Coincidentally, former Atlantic City Councilman Craig Callaway — now awaiting sentencing for his federal corruption conviction — worked in the Kerry Field Staff in Pinellas County. Corzine’s Chief of Staff, Tom Shea, ran the Kerry Florida campaign. Cupid has the distinction of being the first member of the Governor’s staff to fail upward. Front office sources say Cupid was such a disaster as Corzine’s Cabinet Liaison that they gave him a big raise and moved him to Wells’ staff to get rid of him.

Cupid, draw back your bow