Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Rob Andrews is making news in New Jersey politics today announcing that he will resign from Congress effective February 18th to accept a job with a Philadelphia law firm. Andrews had sought higher office in the past running for governor in 1997 losing the Democratic primary to then state Senator Jim McGreevey and then a 2008 Democratic US Senate primary to then longtime US Senator Frank Lautenberg. As of late Andrews has been the target of an investigation regarding the use of campaign funds from his leadership PAC to fund personal travel. Andew's denies this is why he is leaving Congress.
Monday, September 2, 2013
New York City Public Advocate Bill De blasio is now the front runner for the Democratic nomination for Mayor of New York City with 8 days to go until primary day. This is a remarkable development given the fact that De blasio was lagging in third only a month or two ago. Now De Blasio leads the pack with 32%, Bill Thompson is locked in 2nd with Christine Quinn at 18% and 17% respectively. The candidate will have to break 40% to avoid a runoff. The remarkable thing here is that Quinn the NY City Council Speaker with a $5 million war chest was all but annoited to become the next Mayor when she jumped into the race and now shes in third. So how did De blasio shoot from no where to front runner? He tapped into the liberal base of the Democratic party and energized the base behind him. De blasio who served on the NY City Council before becoming Public Advocate in 2009 has taken progressive positions during the course of the campaign and is a true progressive Democrat who like Bill Thompson who I am supporting would serve the City of New York well.
Monday, July 29, 2013
First Anthony Weiner enters the race for Mayor. Then Eliot Spitzer jumps into the race for Comptroller. Now ex NY Governor David Paterson is hinting that he might run for Congress if Charlie Rangel's retires from his Harlem based seat. WTF? Is this the year of political comebacks in NY? Paterson represented Rangel's House district in the state Senate before being tapped for Lt. Governor by then Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and would be a very strong candidate for Rangel's House seat if the seat is open. NY Assemblyman Keith Wright of Harlem is also seen as a potential candidate for an open Rangel House seat. If Rangel retires, this could be a race.
According to former Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and reports from ABC news, former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would like to see Anthony Weiner exit the race for New York City Mayor. Mr. Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin was a top aide to Hillary. Myers told a Sunday talk show, "This isn't a story that anybody, particulary the Clinton's are happy to see splashed over the front page and all over the new relentlessly-and I think they, as much as anyone, would like to see this go away". Weiner shot back by saying that he doesn't care what others think, only the voter's of New York City. Well, Mr. Weiner, you sit at 16%, I think it's obvious what the voter's of New York City think.
A very interesting race for New York City Mayor has become even more interesting with new poll numbers showing former Congressman Anthony Weiner losing ground among NYC Democratic voters. According to a Quinnipiac poll Christine Quinn continues to lead with 27% followed by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at 21%, Bill Thompson at 20%, Weiner at 16%, and John Liu at 6%. It appears as though the real race is for the opportunity to take on front runner Christine Quinn in the runoff and its shaping up between de Blasio and Thompson who are virtually in a dead heat. Just a few months or even weeks ago, Thompson was a distant third and de Blasio didn't even show up on the radar. Poll's I have seen show Thompson defeating Quinn in a Democratic runoff. I have not seen any polling data regarding a de Blasio vs Quinn runoff. With six weeks to go this race is wide open and Anthony Weiner is seeing his long held ambitions of becoming Mayor slip away.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Eliot Spitzer need not apply as NY Democrat's are making it known that Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is their choice to lead New York City as the next Comptroller. Stringer is also my choice to oversee's the city's finances. Up until roughly four weeks ago, Stringer looked poised to become the City's next Comptroller as the only Democrat running for this citywide post. Eliot Spitzer's political ambitions and eagerness to get back into the arena changed all of this in a day. Not only does Spitzer who has never served in a citywide office or as a Borough President lack an understanding of the inner working's of City Hall, he is putting his personal ambition and zeal for power ahead of whats best for the City of New York. Leader's in New York recognize Stringer's committment to the City and have endorsed him. Sen. Gillibrand said, "I believe Scott Stringer is clearly the best choice to serve New Yorker's as the next Comptroller of the City of New York". Former City Comptroller's Holtzman, Thompson and Goldin have all endorsed Stringer. Stringer has been a progressive on civil rights, housing, public safety, jobs and economic development. As Borough President, he successfully increased LGBT representation among Manhattan's 12 community boards. He is a trustee of the Board of the New York City's Retirement System and is responsible for protecting the retirement security of current and former city employees. Stringer will bring a well mannered demeanor as well as a much needed willingness to work with other's to the office of Comptroller. In Sept. New York City voter's choose between a confrontational go at it alone disgraced former state Attorney General and Governor or a Borough President with a proven record who can successfully represent the city's interests as Comptroller.
The Democratic nominee for Mayor of New York City will most likely become the city's next Mayor. I am following this race with great interest and have no doubt that Bill Thompson is not only qualified and deserving of the Democratic nomination, he should be the next Mayor of the City of New York. In a race that has been dominated by Anthony Weiner's sexting headlines, Thompson is the adult in the room. As City Comptroller Thompson managed a budget of $68 million and a staff of 700 professionals. He has served on the New York City Board of Education and with Rudy Giuliani's support led the board as President. When Christine Quinn supported Mayor Bloomberg's successful endeavor to change city charter's and run for a third term as Mayor, Bill Thompson stepped forward to challenge the Mayor when no other Democrat wanted too. Despite being outspent by about $80 million, Thompson came within 4 points of defeating Bloomberg. The United Federation of Teachers is backing Bill Thompson referring to him as a partner who will help teachers help children. On health care, education, housing, stop and frisk, Thompson has been a Progressive voice and is well prepared to lead as the next Mayor. A Quinn Mayoral term would in essence be a fourth term for Mayor Bloomberg. Anthony Weiner cannot win a runoff against Quinn and primary polling is showing a 3 way race between Quinn, Weiner and Thompson. Thompson is the progressive choice for Mayor and the right choice. I hope NYC Democrat's will back Thompson in Sept. Look at his record. Look at what hes done on the NYC Board of Education. As a two term Cityide executive. He's well prepared to lead the city.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
A few weeks ago I wrote expressing my support for former Congressman Anthony Weiner's bid for New York City Mayor. I am writing today to express my profound disappointment, disgust and to call on Weiner to exit the Mayor's race. Weiner is turning the Democratic primary for Mayor of the largest city in the world, the financial capital of the country into a supermarket tabloid diverting attention from the issues important to the city. Shame on Weiner for bringing his baggage into this Mayoral primary. Weiner knew damm well there were more women, more pictures, more tweets and it would become an issue. He selfishly put his Mayoral ambitions ahead of the city. While I don't care that he sent pictures or tweets, I seriously question his judgement and have to say New York City can do better then Anthony Weiner. Weiner should exit the race and allow the conversation to refocus on the issues important to New York City that will face the next Mayor.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
So disgraced former NY Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer want's to be the next New York City Comptroller. Spitzer announced last week that he will gather signatures to qualify for the September primary ballot and the opportunity to take on Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Spitzer doesn't seem to care that Stringer a former state Assemblyman elected Borough President in 2001 has been campaigning aggressively, raising money and lining up support for months. Spitzer doesn't seem to care that Stringer has been in city politics since 2001 and is well versed and prepared to assume the office of Comptroller. No, of course not, Spitzer is wealthy, very wealthy, politically ambitious and want's to be part of the poltical action. Poor Eliot has no where to go however but the Comptroller's office. Andrew Cuomo who harbor's presidential ambitions and is certain to run in 2016 if Hillary opts out, will most likely be re-elected Governor in 2014 and would starve off a primary challenge from Spitzer. Neither of one of New York's Democratic held Senate seats are up for election so Eliot Spitzer the man who harbored ambitions of becoming the first Jewish President will run for NYC Comptroller and hope to make a bid for Mayor in eight years. At least he hopes. I think New York City voter's will see through this, I am hope that the NY Times a well respected paper certainly will and offer their endorsement to Scott Stringer. A sleeper Comptroller's race has become closely watched overnight thanks to the self serving political ambitions of Eliot Spitzer.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
This is like a dream and music to my ears, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean who ran for the Democratic nomination in 2004 on a platform of opposing the war and implementing health care reform is considering a 2016 bid for the White House. The liberal former Vermont Governor and DNC Chairman told CNN, "never say never". He went onto say, "I am not driven by my own ambition", he tells CNN's Peter Hamby. "What I am driven by is pushing the country in a direction that it desperatley needs to be pushed; pushing other politicians who aren't quite as frank as I am who need to be more candid with the American people about what needs to happen". Dean invented the netroots and grassroots raising an impressive $50 million for his presidential campaign and building a huge network especially among college students and progressives. He opposed the war, emphasized fiscal responsibility, health care reform and took on the Democratic leadership in Washington, the Democratic Congress that gave Bush the authorization to go to war. I loved this guy in 2003/04 and believe he would of wiped the floor with Bush in a debate and would of been elected President had he won the nomination in 2004. The problem with Democrats back then was they went for the safe guy, the guy with experience, the politically astute aloof longtime Senator from Massachusetts and they lost. In 2008 they went again conventional wisdom and progressive's won with the nomination of Barack Obama and shockingly the liberal candidate won. Dems played it safe in 2000 and 2004 losing both elections, they went against conventional wisdom in 2008 and won and I say if Dean runs go against conventional wisdom again, nominate him and we win. At this point from my posts you can tell I favor Martin O'Malley, hes the mini Dean, but if Deans runs, well why go with silver when you can have the gold. I love Howard Dean, respect him, admire him and will support him if he runs!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Senator Frank Lautenberg died early Monday morning yet the November special election race to replace him as New Jersey's next US Senator is well underway. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who will appear on the November ballot as well with appoint an interim US Senator who will most likely be a Republican and a candidate for the Senate in November and then again in 2014 for a full six year term. Speculation is that Christie is looking for a well respected moderate Republican who can win the seat in November....good luck finding a moderate in the Republican Party unless Christie were to appoint himself but then again the ambitious governor has White House aspirations that a Governor Christie would be better positioned to attain then a freshman Senator Christie. My guess is that Christie will look at Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno or maybe state Sen. Tom Kean. On the Democratic side Newark Mayor Cory Booker who is already running for the Senate and expected to win the nomination and probably the New Jersey Senate seat. Polls show Booker the heavy favorite over potential Democratic primary challengers Congressmen Frank Pallone and Rush Holt. The young progressive elected Newark Mayor in 2006 is already viewed as a potential future Democratic President. The race to replace Lautenberg will heat up and right now the smart money is on Booker.
You've probably never heard of him but that could change as he begins to seriously explore a potential presidential run in 2016. Martin O'Malley the liberal Governor of Maryland who leads the Democratic Governor's Association is seriously considering a run for the Democratic nomination and from everything I've read about him and his record, he could be my guy in 2016. In a race that could feature Vice President Biden and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, O'Malley would certainly emerge as the liberal alternative. The 50 year old former Baltimore Mayor is an ardent opponent of capital punishment and try to repeal the death penalty in Maryland, signed a same sex marriage law in Maryland as well as a state version of the Dream Act allowing illegal immigrants to pay in state tution costs. He pushed a bill to make Marylands gun laws the strongest in the nation requiring individuals who purchase handguns provide state police with fingerprints and pushing a bill to develop offshore wind power in Maryland. While Biden and Clinton will have the name ID and powerful fund raising rolodex, O'Malley a true progressive Democrat can appeal to the grassroots in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and other key primary states. I think O'Malleys best chance of a primary victory would be in progressive Iowa which would put him in the top tier. I think its time to go against conventional wisdom and nominate a true progressive to represent our party in 2016. Hillary without question is qualified but shes a DLC Democrat. Spouse of the President who caved into Newt Gingrich and signed Welfare Reform. The Hillary who ran such a lousy campaign in 2008, she was defeated by a virtual unknown. Biden is a moderate who supports capital punishment and voted for Welfare Reform. An expert on foreign policy, but never a progressive. In 2016 I want to see the Democratic Party do something bold and something different, nominate a true Democrat. A Democratic nominee who supports single payer health care and opposes the death penalty. A Democrat who doesn't talk about civil rights and gun control but actually introduces legislation. So far O'Malley fits the mold of what I want to see in 2016. He deserves a look.
Monday, June 3, 2013
When you get on a plane and a flight attendant informs you that there is no smoking on the plane or a young adult is carded at a liquor store and told they have to be 21 to make a purchase, think of Frank Lautenberg. He worked to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for transportation in New Jersey and was an ardent defender of Amtrack. Lautenberg the senior Senator from New Jersey who began his Senate career in 1982, ended it in 2000 and resumed it in 2002 died shortly after 4 this morning in a New York hospital. In the Senate Lautenberg compiled a most liberal voting record that included opposition to the death penatly, the 1991 resolution declaring force on Iraq and the development of a missle defense system. Lautenberg was the oldest member of the Senate and the last World War II veteran to serve. A special election in November will determine who will complete the remainder of Lautenberg's Senate term which expires in 2014.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz a fiscal conservative and social liberal Democratic member of the U.S. House is the Democrat's best hope of unseating highly unpopular Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett next year. Schwartz much to my disappointment leads the New Democrat Coalition in the House however she is a strong supporter of reproductive rights and is considered a leading expert on health care in the House. In the Pennsylvania Senate she led the effort to establish the Children's Health Insurance Program which became a national model and provides health insurance to uninsured children of middle class families. She supported an assault weapons ban and was critical of pro second ammendment Democrats. I began following Schwartz in 2000 when she decided to take on Rick Santorum in that years Senate race. I was pulling for her in the crowded Democratic primary however she was defeated by Pittsburg Congressman Ron Klink who was defeated by Santorum. In 2004 Schwartz went onto win election to the House defeating Republican Melissa Brown. Although a moderate-liberal Democrat, Schwartz ensures the best chance of winning back the Pennsylvania Governor's office in what will be a battleground state in 2016 and more importantly would provide better leadership for the state.
Posted by liberal at 11:38 PM
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Anthony Weiner announced a few days ago that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Mayor of New York City and I support him. I will encourage my friends and family in the city to vote for him in the Democratic primary and even donate and volunteer for his campaign. Anthony Weiner is the right fit for New York City. Many will hear Weiner's name and think of the "sexting" scandal that drove him to resign from his safe Queens Congressional seat. I think of the Anthony Weiner who as a New York City Councilman intiated programs to tackle quality of life concerns. He started a program to put at risk and troubled teens to work cleaning up graffiti. He led development plans for the revitalization of Sheepshead Bay and when supermarkets started moving out of the neigborhood, Councilman Weiner worked to reverse that trend. As Chair of the Sub Committee on public housing, he fought for increased federal funding and to add more police officers to the streets. In 1998, Weiner succeeded his longtime mentor and boss Chuck Schumer in the US House. In Congress Weiner fought for single payer health care and advocated for the United States National Health Care Act which would have expanded Medicare to citizens of all ages regardless of age. The Democratic primary for Mayor features candidates who bring new progressive ideas to the table and would offer the city a breath of fresh air. However none of the candidates, Quinn, de Blasio, Liu, Thompson, none of them can match Weiner's political experience and policy wonk. None of the candidates have the close personal relationship that Weiner maintains with New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer. The relationship that Weiner maintains with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Weiner's wife was a senior aide to Hillary. Weiner who if often mentioned as Schumer's heir to the NY Senate seat brings a wealth of experience, new ideas, major political contacts and record of fighting for the City of New York to the race. Anthony Weiner is ready to lead as the next Mayor, he's asking for a second chance and I think he should get it. Anthony Weiner for Mayor!
Posted by liberal at 12:19 AM