Evening Read: ‘Not Another George Soros Puppet’

Governor Cuomo’s Columbus Day float came with a DJ playing Top 40 hits. (photo: @courtneycgross)

Tell us how you really feel, Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Before marching in the Columbus Day parade, Mr. Bloomberg addressed the tax-the-wealthy proposals of the main 2013 mayoral candidates by stating, “It is about as dumb a policy as I can think of.”

Justin Wagner, the Democratic challenger to Senator Greg Ball, wants everyone to pay a little more attention to his race, specifically his relatively strong fundraising. In a campaign memo, Mr. Wagner’s campaign managed happily noted, “Among Senate Democratic challengers, Justin Wagner continues to lead the pack in fundraising statewide.”

Meanwhile, Democrat Mike Amodeo just can’t seem to catch a break. On the heels of a damning Siena College poll showing the State Senate candidate far, far behind GOP incumbent Mark Grisanti, the Working Families Party placeholder made a clerical error that will keep their candidate on the ballot instead of transferring his line to Mr. Amodeo.

Do ordinary voters care that billionaire George Soros helped get $30,000 into Democratic Senator Joe Addabbo‘s account? A random independent expenditure hopes so, and its campaign mailer depicts Mr. Addabbo as Mr. Soros’ puppet completely willing to do his bidding. “Call State Senator Joseph Addabbo,” the ad urged. “Tell him that New Yorkers need a common sense legislator, not another George Soros puppet.” We can think of another prominent billionaire who has been funding the Senate GOP’s efforts to the tune of $1 million, so the “puppet” argument is curious.

The campaign of Mr. Addabbo’s GOP opponent, Councilman Eric Ulrich, reacted to Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s endorsement of the incumbent today, saying Mr. Addabo is “lucky”:

“Governor Cuomo is doing a good job and Joe Addabbo is lucky to have his support. Its not surprising given the close family ties and years in politics that the Governor would back him. Eric has been a strong proponent of the Governor’s reform proposals and looks forward to working with him when elected. Today’s Siena poll shows Joe Addabbo’s campaign is in crisis mode and he’ll need all the help he can get.”

Gatemouth looked into Assemblyman Dov Hikind‘s endorsement track record in his corner of southern Brooklyn and, after lengthy analysis, declared, “When it comes to which Orthodox Jewish political power in Brooklyn can really deliver, the kingmaker is now David Greenfield.”

Evening Read: ‘Not Another George Soros Puppet’