Monday, June 11, 2007

NYP (New York Politics)

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Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is going to turn down the Univision TV network's invitation to participate in what would be the first presidential debates to be conducted in Spanish, while the other major candidates are undecided. Some feel let down by the news, like blogger Roberto Antonio.

Newsweek has an article (June 18th edition) titled "The New War on Hillary" (excerpt follows)


...the anti-Hillary industry has never managed to bring down Hillary herself—in fact, the more they have attacked, the higher she has risen. In the 2000 New York Senate race, her Republican opponent, Rep. Rick Lazio, sent out six-word fund-raising letters: "I am running against Hillary Clinton." It seemed like a smart strategy—Hillary's policy positions were largely in sync with Blue New York, but her unfavorable ratings in early Senate polls were sky high. By logging long hours in each of the state's 62 counties, however, Clinton essentially managed to say, "Enough about me," so frequently that New Yorkers—particularly independent women—were willing to change the subject. She won with 55 percent of the vote.
Check out Mark Penn: Strenghts of Hillary Emerging ("...when the candidates are on the same stage, Hillary Clinton’s strengths as a leader clearly emerge...) I for one was truly impressed with Hillary's genuine care for and concern about the people of our great state, New York. My prayers were with Bill during his bypass surgery (I loved his book, too!), and I think a lot of Americans feel having the Clintons back in the White House would be good for the country. I've also done a 180 when it comes to Al Gore. Nowadays, he is the "man with an ecological plan."

Kirsten Gillibrand reminds me of Hillary: KG is tirelessly working for the people, getting it done in DC! Go Kirsten! Then there's Andrew Cuomo. I spoke with Andrew by phone in the early days of his campaigning for the A-G's hat. Another guy who knows how to get the job done.

Here's something Liz Benjamin posted last week: "Cuomo took Spitzer's old job and is widely believed to covet the one he has now as well. The two men - both aggressive, ambitious and shrewd politicians - haven't always been allied, but they were full of praise for one another last night at Spitzer's birthday fundraiser at Chelsea Piers.



Cuomo laid it on particularly thick, calling Spitzer a "great leader" and saying the governor had, in fact, given everyone assembled a present for his own birthday in the form of his leadeship.

Spitzer returned the favor, referencing the big shoes ads Cuomo ran during the AG primary to link himself with Spitzer's activist AG legacy, saying Cuomo has in fact "stretched" his shoes in the short time he has been in the office." [Read Post, Watch VIDEOS]

Taking things down to NYC street level, Channel 4 had Brooklyn's colorful president, Marty Markowitz, down to Studio 6B this morning... [more]

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