Headline of the Day: “A (Very, Very Long) Day on the Campaign Trail With John Liu.”
Yesterday brought some fairly bad news for Comptroller John Liu‘s mayoral campaign: The Campaign Finance Board’s staff has recommended he be denied millions of dollars in matching funds on monday, perhaps crippling his uphill candidacy. Mr. Liu, still defiant, declared that “nothing’s going to deter us from running this campaign and winning this election.”
Veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel certainly didn’t mince words on the Tea Party recently: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough.”
While the longstanding African-American Amsterdam News newspaper endorsed Julie Menin over Harlem Councilman Robert Jackson in the Manhattan borough president’s race. A source says the paper also backed Bill Thompson for mayor, Scott Stringer for comptroller, Tish James for public advocate, Melinda Katz for Queens borough president and Ken Thompson for Brooklyn district attorney.
Michael Mulgrew, the head of the city’s teacher’s union, sure knows how to deliver the snark on Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for touting his independence from the union. “I am surprised he would have found our endorsement such a potential threat to his independence,” Mr. Mulgrew said, “particularly since he was on my calendar so many times earlier this year, many of our staff members thought he had an office in our building.”
Jason Otaño scored the endorsement of UFCW Local 1500 in his bid for former Assemblyman Vito Lopez‘s seat. “[W]e know a great leader when we see one. Jason Otaño has been a smart and passionate public servant,” union president Bruce Both said in a statement. An Otaño campaign source told Politicker that “many more such endorsements” will be coming and Mr. Otaño will be labor’s candidate in the race.
And The New York Times reported that a top Hillary Clinton aide, upon hearing about Anthony Weiner‘s latest indiscretions “was enraged and proceeded to berate Mr. Weiner, saying he would ‘reach through this phone’ and ‘pull out’ his throat, adding an expletive, according to a participant on the call.”
If you’re curious, this is what Mr. Weiner looks like holding a media scrum in the rain: