Evening Read: ‘I Don’t Care What Factcheck Says!’

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Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Ydanis Rodriguez were down at the Occupy festivities today, and as you can see from the photo Mr. Williams tweeted, they found the 15-foot “Bain Job Destroyer” puppet. Mr. Williams also took issue with the New York Post editorial dismissing the protest, and tweeted, “@NYPostOpinion pooh-pooh this. Occupy is well represented today.”

Former Congressman Major Owens was defending John Liu at a pres conference, but don’t expect his sympathies to extend to all embattled politicians. After he finished speaking, we asked Mr. Owens about what he made of Assemblyman William Boyland being reelected last week. “I was very disheartened by that. Because he had six opponents, it was uncontrollable,” Mr. Owens, who used to represent at least parts of Mr. Boyland’s Brownsville-based district, responded. “He’s somebody they should look closely at, a bit more time on. The whole Boyland family.”

Another thing of note from last week’s primary elections is Nily Rozic‘s success in Asian-American precincts during her State Assembly campaign, even though her opponent Jerry Iannece had the support of leaders like Grace Meng, Peter Koo and John Liu. As one can see in this spread sheet, Ms. Rozic did fairly well in the parts of the district that were added to make it a majority-Asian seat. The Hotel Trades Council, which has many members of Asian descent and backed both Ms. Rozic and Ron Kim’s successful campaign in a neighboring assembly district, probably helped in this regard. “We’ve worked hard to push the importance of political involvement with our member activists, many of whom are leaders in their own community, and have strong networks they can activate beyond our membership,” HTC’s Josh Gold told Politicker this afternoon. “I believe the results are powerful.”

Speaking of this corner of Queens, Glenn Blain took a good look at the role of the Asian-language media in the area’s recent political races:

“Reporters from Sinovision and other outlets covered the Assembly race on a daily basis, chronicling every move of the candidates. That also included highlighting the sticky ethnic politics involved. There were three Korean-American candidates and three Chinese-American candidates running along with one Latino candidate. The daily drama — fights between supporters handing out literature, a candidate who raged he was abandoned by a prominent elected official — were all played out in detail in print and on the airwaves.”

This is worth a read: “THE LIE FACTORY: How politics became a business.”

The Democrat running against Mark Grisanti is very happy that the Conservative Party’s candidate will peel away some right-leaning votes away from the incumbent in the general election. “The conservative Republicans are not going to vote for Mark Grisanti this race,” attorney Mark Amodeo said of the situation. ”The enrollment advantage is too large for Senate Republicans to hold the seat.”

Pete King had a tense exchange with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien this morning, at one point exclaiming, “I don’t care what Factcheck says!”
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Evening Read: ‘I Don’t Care What Factcheck Says!’