Evening Read: ‘If You Die on the Job, I Will Go. If You Don’t, I Won’t’

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The Senate Republicans are running an ad taking the Vito Lopez scandal to the next level, attacking Democratic candidate George Latimer for a “SEX CASE COVERUP.” Mr. Latimer also released a Daily News-citing ad against GOP’er Bob Cohen, which said Mr. Cohen being elected “would be a crime.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo will campaign in Florida on Saturday, hoping to boost the prospects of President Barack Obama. We reached out to Mr. Obama’s campaign to find out if there were any additional details they could provide about the event, and if Mr. Obama himself will be there. They did not respond to our inquiry.

Could Mr. Cuomo run into Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who’s campaigning in Florida on behalf of Mitt Romney? It’s theoretically possible, but Mr. Hikind wants to be clear it would be a friendly exchange. “I love the governor,” the conservative assemblyman said. “And if he were running for president, I’d support him in a second. You got that down clear?”

New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are team players, donating the most money to the Democrat’s senatorial campaign committee. Ms. Gillibrand, of course, is currently campaigning for reelection, but polls have showed her with a gigantic lead, so the extra cash is expendable.

These are among our favorite two paragraphs from the full transcript of Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s lengthy, F-bomb-dropping interview with The Atlantic:

People, but I think people — it’s an interesting question. When I walk down the street, the sanitation truck always stops, the guy comes over and shakes hands, because I went to the sanitation department’s funerals when one of their guys died. Rudy went to only police and fire. My rule is, if you die on the job, I will go. If you don’t, I won’t — because with 300,000 employees, you can’t. I might make a call, if it’s a tragic thing — call the spouse and say I’m sorry. Every once in a while, if it’s really heart-wrenching, you go to the wake.

But when I walk down the street, cabdrivers, bus drivers stop the bus, trucks, people [say] “Good job, good job.” And if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what does. And it’s not just on the Upper East Side. When I go to neighborhoods where you’d think, What do they have in common with this 70-year-old white Jewish billionaire?, and yet, the reception — -now, it’s true that if they don’t like you, most people would never scream at you and say “Fuck you.” On the other hand, a big percentage of people smile and say “Good job.” What they’re thinking, I don’t know. The only time anybody’s ever yelled at me on the subway — a big hulking guy, on the other side of the train — I got off and as I turned around as the doors closed, he screams at me, “Fix the Knicks!” This was eight, nine years ago. I can do a lot of things, but that ain’t one of them, let me tell you.

In one of the few interesting races for the State Assembly citywide, Republican Russ Gallo and Democrat Ben Akselrod–who is running on the Independence Party line after narrowly losing his primary challenge against incumbent Steve Cymbrowitzheld a debate without Mr. Cymbrowitz. The discussion was interesting in terms of how little Mr. Gallo and Mr. Akselrod actually disagreed, demonstrating the conservative nature of southeastern Brooklyn.

Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and her Republican opponent Maggie Brooks both unloaded some big guns in attack ads today. Ms. Slaughter’s uses former President Bill Clinton to make her argument:

And for her part, Ms. Brooks used intriguing visuals to make the argument that Ms. Slaughter has changed over her decades in Washington:

Evening Read: ‘If You Die on the Job, I Will Go. If You Don’t, I Won’t’