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The New York Post and the Daily News are tickled pink as they get to expand their brand of reporting (celebrity schadenfreude) to the political arena. In the birthplace of yellow journalism, these two tabloids will get to pretend they are reporting about political news again. Even the New York Times quivers in anticipation of some good mudslinging.

Most statewide races will be a real yawn. Faso will try to score a few punches below the belt but the press won't be very helpful. Eliot Spitzer is a Democrat whose bite is bigger than his bark. Mr. Spitzer won't be able to keep the NY Post in check but you gotta love a Democrat that the rest of the MSM is afraid to mess with.

There is one statewide race that both the Zuckerman Garbage Bin and the Murdoch Wingnut Rag can sink their teeth into in their efforts to dumb down the New York City voters. Katie, Angelina and Brittany will be pleased for their baby's sake that they get a little break from the chronicles of stupidity in the Big Apple.

It's going to get bad! Please see below for information and what the Decent Newspaper has written so far.

The New York race that will sell some newspapers is a race between Andrew M. Cuomo and Jeanine F. Pirro. With the clash of these two personalities even a good newspaper could not turn down all of the name-calling and backbiting that will go on. These two also have histories that should make for some very nasty press.

The stage is set by the fact that Jeanine Pirro's husband was sentenced to seventeen months in prison for tax fraud and his reputed ties to mob bosses. The fact that Ms. Pirro signed some of the tax forms that led to her husbands convictions and was driving one of the 66 counts on the indictment have many New Yorkers skeptical.

Besides Pirro's obvious man troubles is the fact that she was investigated for her own spending habits during her term as Westchester County District Attorney. Her waste of taxpayer money on personal services may have resulted in substantial budget cuts in the D.A.'s office, which eventually cost six prosecutors their jobs.

Pirro herself has come under scrutiny because of three full-time county police officers that Pirro used as drivers and bodyguards. The staff was paid exorbitant overtime salaries and was used at political events; Pirro has not reimbursed the county. At the same time the budget was cut due to lack of funds and six prosecutors lost their jobs.

There was also a lackadaisical attempt to run against Hilary Clinton for the New York senate seat that left her seeming like not much of a threat to anyone.

With that resume the race should already be over but Andrew Cuomo has a few flaws that will probably be exploited by the New York City daily rags.

There is  the memory of Andrew running a nasty and failed race for governor in 2002. He also left a bad taste in most New Yorkers mouths while working as an enforcer for his great father, Mario Cuomo.

Also Cuomo's messy divorce from a Kennedy, that the tabloids had a field day with may come back to haunt him. This would not be below these papers!

Not to mention some questionable behavior while he was in charge of the HUD. Mark Green has already set Jeanine Pirro up with attacks on Cuomo's record at HUD. There were questions about discrimination cases, pesticides and fraud prevention but Cuomo's big bankroll and the backing of the Party never got much traction for Green.

But the Village Voice has some real dirt in Andrew Cuomo's $2 Million Man;

The most important man in Andrew Cuomo's personal and political life, topping even his ex-governor father, is obscure, 46-year-old developer Andrew Farkas, who's ponied up over $2 million for the front-running attorney general candidate in recent years.

For a synopsis of this story, see my Green endorsement diary.

Cuomo's turning an accused slumlord into a sugar daddy was being downplayed by the rest of the New York press during the primary against Mark Green but with a Republican in the race, the tabloids may see it differently. It may even become sensational enough for the upstate papers.

In the Real Newspaper

For an example of what the scandal sheets will do with this race, a look at the "newspaper of record" gives a good example of just how ugly this will get. From last weeks Cuomo Smiles, Pirro Gleams, and War Is On, where you can almost see the news staff of the New York Times salivating;

Kicking off their general-election battle for New York State attorney general yesterday, Andrew M. Cuomo and Jeanine F. Pirro could not have smiled more, sounded nicer, or done a poorer job of concealing their true feelings: they want to shred each other.
Ms. Pirro, the Republican candidate, said she would run a "positive, issues-oriented campaign" and challenged Mr. Cuomo to do the same, and then found five different ways to describe him as totally unqualified for the job.

"There is no comparison between our records," declared Ms. Pirro, the former district attorney of Westchester County.

Mr. Cuomo, the Democrat, who has a substantial lead in public opinion polls, said he would stick to substance, but then assailed Ms. Pirro as a handmaiden of Gov. George E. Pataki, whom he had no problem calling a failure. Asked if he would push back any and all Pirro attacks, he said, "Do I ever push?" and then let a cackle rip.

Cuomo is a vainglorious candidate and even with a big lead the New York Democratic Party was the first to fire shots across the bow.

The Republican headquarters in Albany has veritable boxes of matériel from Mr. Cuomo's stormy years as an adviser to his father, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, and his tenure as housing secretary under President Bill Clinton. There are negative press releases in their computer banks. The same is true of Democrats; one party leader said that two decades of negative stories about Ms. Pirro in The Journal News of Westchester had been turned into weapons.

The pledges of a positive campaign had barely been made yesterday afternoon when the State Democratic Party chairman, Herman Farrell, tapped some of that opposition research and issued a news release noting that Governor Pataki had drafted Ms. Pirro to run, and that she had received several thousand dollars from donors to President Bush.

"While Andrew Cuomo is backed by Eliot Spitzer, Ms. Pirro is backed by George Pataki and funded by George Bush's `pioneers,' " he said. "That's all you need to hear."

The New York Times even made a story out of Jeanine Pirro's husbands speeding ticket. The guy has been dragging her down for years but a speeding ticket? From  Pirro, Clearly Annoyed With Her Husband, Tries to Focus on the Race;

Jeanine F. Pirro, the Republican candidate for attorney general, criticized her husband, Albert, yesterday after he got a ticket charging him with driving 51 miles an hour in a 25-mile-an-hour school zone on Thursday -- the latest instance of Mr. Pirro causing trouble for his politician wife.

"You didn't want to be in my house last night," Ms. Pirro told reporters at a news conference in Manhattan.

That story stems from a Grand Central Station press conference, where Pirro showed a thirty second television ad that stressed Ms. Pirro's record as a former district attorney and devotes 10 seconds to attacking Cuomo's limited legal background, citing his 14-month tenure with the Manhattan District Attorney 21 years ago.

The ad has already been seen upstate since July but the Cuomo Camp was shocked, just shocked at the negativity that will be shown soon in New York City;

Wendy Katz, a spokeswoman for the Cuomo campaign, said, "We are befuddled that 24 hours after the Pirro campaign pledged to run a positive campaign and called on us to do the same, they launched a half million dollar negative media attack against Andrew."

And now today's story in the New York Times marks an escalating assault.

Jeanine F. Pirro, the Republican candidate for state attorney general, assailed her Democratic opponent, Andrew M. Cuomo, yesterday on the issue of reducing fraud in the Medicaid system. At a news conference in Lower Manhattan, Ms. Pirro noted that Mr. Cuomo, in a meeting with editors at Crain's New York Business, had called the notion of amnesty for businesses involved in Medicaid fraud "intriguing." Ms. Pirro said, "His approach is to give amnesty to Medicaid cheats. This kind of approach makes it very clear that my opponent does not understand the role of the attorney general."

This time Wendy Katz had a response that was a little different;

The fraud is in the misleading attacks against Andrew just three days after Ms. Pirro pledged to run a positive campaign.

It would appear that Andrew Cuomo will be ready to fly off the handel any day now but even if he just sits on a healthy lead, The New York tabloids will go into a mud slinging war very soon. It's what they do!


The New York Post loves all Republicans. They now get their Sunday editorial pages from The New Republic but Jeanine Pirro's husband's speeding ticket was front page news.

From the paper that is infamous for the headline "HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR" and "AXIS OF WEASELS" with the heads the United Nations General Assembly photoshoped onto the some furry critters, this race is too good to be true.

And the Daily News won't be far behind. In attempts to not lose customers to the New York Stink Rag, they have sunk to the level of competition too many times. Last week the Daily News did a story about a woman who was discriminated against for breastfeeding in major retailer. The Headline, Mom: Boobs at Toys R Us hassled me over nursing

Often the Daily News misjudges the fact that the New York Post's increased circulation has a whole lot more to do with the sports page, being a quarter cheaper and Sudoku. But they are now doing almost as much damage as Rupert Murdoch.

Now there are two papers in New York that are geared toward misinformation and sensationalism. It is amazing how much the competing New York tabloids have done to damage the faith in government of the average New York straphanger and Sudoku fan.

In this city with a very blue reputation many New Yorkers have lost all interest in government. Heard on the streets and subways are statements like "What are you gonna do? The Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans" and "They're all corrupt and dishonest. I'm not even going to vote."

It sad but Cuomo vs. Pirro will help reinforce that bad reputation that the New York Post has worked so hard to install.

So, Hey New Yorkers, grab a ringside seat for the war for Attorney General. Well, at least Jeanine Pirro vs. Andrew Cuomo; will be interesting.

It should be sensational! Pirro is almost a New York version of Katherine Harris and Cuomo is another case of political nepotism who would be nowhere without family ties.

Originally posted to Eddie C on Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 07:32 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  By the way (3+ / 0-)
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    Eddie Haskell, Ellicatt, CTLiberal

    That New Republic link really was the Sunday opinion in the New York Post this week.

    The title  Kneel Before Izod, stems from the fact that they are having so much trouble coming up with dirt about Ned Lamont  that they a relaying the message “don’t vote for him because he’s rich.”

    The old Limousine Liberal ploy!

    Maybe even Bloomberg’s money won’t help the loser of the primary.

  •  catfight is so offensive. (2+ / 0-)
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    Eddie C, Sassy

    why not call it a cockfight?

    If we fry it, they will come.

    by Fried Freedom on Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 07:24:53 PM PDT

    •  I really didn't think there was a sexual... (0+ / 0-)

      implication to the phrase.

      I still don’t!

      •  sorry man... actually i was joking. (1+ / 0-)
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        Eddie C

        got pulled away from the computer so i couldn't let you know.

        If we fry it, they will come.

        by Fried Freedom on Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 10:09:04 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  No problemo! (0+ / 0-)

          Donnybrook worked fine.

          Actually for the amount of impact this diary had I doubt any word in the thesaurus would have helped. Maybe Clash would have been the word, as in “Should I stay or should I go.”

          I’m wondering now if “The Cuomo vs. Pirro Free-for-All” or the “New York Mediocre War,” would have worked. How about “Saber Rattling Shitheads,” or “Shithead Shenanigans,” maybe those would have worked.

          But I did think you were serious and I was more that happy to switch it to Donnybrook.

          Now for real sexism, How about that New York Post front page? Pirro holding a rolling pin, now that’s class. And that was the point of this diary.

          The lack of quality that passes for newspapers in New York City, where the readers brains have been turned to mush. A place where Fourth Estate is another house to the New York publishers.

          Thank you for your comment and thank you for coming back.

    •  Or cockroach fight? (0+ / 0-)

      ...bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I...

      by doodlebug on Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 07:34:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  But to keep everyone happy, (0+ / 0-)

      I changed it to Donnybrook to celebrate my Irish heritage.

      Since I’m Irish America, I should be good to go.

      Now I hope that sentence doesn’t remind anyone of the Heritage foundation.

  •  Jeanine Pirro has a "Geraldine Ferraro problem" (0+ / 0-)

    namely, her husband.  
    Albert Pirro is a big-ass liability for her:

    1. having served a prison term for income tax evasion

    http://www.cbsnews.com/...

    1. alleged ties with organized crime

    http://www.nydailynews.com/...

    1. one-time bagman and butt-boy for Donald Trump when he tried to peddle a real estate boondoggle onto an island in Long Island Sound

    http://www.highbeam.com/...

    1. most recently, garnered a couple of speeding tickets within two weeks.

    http://wcbstv.com/...

    Hardly an asset for the spouse running for the office that enforces and upholds the law in the state.  She fooled a lot of people in my area (Westchester County) for many years.  While I've never been a big fan of Andrew Cuomo, I hope he bloodies her big time.

  •  What I deplore about it (1+ / 0-)
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    Eddie C

    I heard a political science professor/pundit on WNYC, The Brian Lehrer Show. After giving a thorough and measured overview of all the NY races, he said that THIS ONE will go really negative and THIS ONE will be FUN!

    Sick! Degenerate!

    There is something really disturbed about finding fun in mud slinging.

    To me, a really FUN campaign would be one with orators, people who make uplifting speeches, who choose inspiring topics, visit interesting venues, and illuminate our lives.

    •  Yes but there is something very wrong here (1+ / 0-)
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      The Republicans have an excuse here. New York is thick with Democrats. This is a Blue State!

      Why is Andrew Cuomo all they have to offer. There were good choices in the race. Sean Patrick Maloney stood for something and was seeking to use the office to sue Bush over NSA wiretapping.

      Denise O'Donnell had the experience. A former United States attorney for the Buffalo region. The only candidate who has actually been a real prosecutor.

      But the Party shuffled off to Buffalo for the New York Democratic Convention  and it was all about favortism.

      The party picked the guy with the connections insted of the right person for the job. It's not what you know, it's who you know!

      It shouldn't be like that. It makes both Parties bad. Cuomo will just use the Attorney General's office for political gain and I couldn't give a shit who wins.

      •  Eddie C (1+ / 0-)
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        The Republicans will HURT you in ways that a Democrat won't ever.

        Politics is ...um....political, so we can only get an approximation of what we want.

        Now, if Cuomo uses the job to further his ambitions...won't he have to do some GOOD for the voters?

        •  You may be right (0+ / 0-)

          I may be crazy but it just might be a statesman I’m looking for.

          Maybe for me it’s sort of personal and a matter of geographies. I’m here in a state that is dominated by Democrats and see no action from the city, state of fed.

          I attend City Council meetings and the Democratic leadership is about as reality based as the Bush Administration. Lately, I’ve been asking myself “what’s the difference?” One party wants to turn this into a fascist nation and the other party wants to stand there with their thumb up their asses.  

          I send letters to all of the representatives I have and get ungots from everyone except for Bronx Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, who is an Ace.

          Well I actually do receive form letters from Clinton and Schumer. The replies never have anything to do with the subject I’m bringing up except for the time I sent Clinton over 150 e-mails about creating a “Civil Rights” box on her e-mail page. “Civil and Constitutional Rights” finally appeared and now she has a form letter for me.

          I live in a state where Hickory Clinton is my junior senator and while she rose to almost none of the Bush bullshit, the party leadership is using valuable assets to promote her to presidential status when the people in the party can’t stand her.

          My other senator is the stumblebum Chuckles Schumer but I have mush less of a problem with him because at least he’s harmless. Well almost harmless, he did a great deal of harm on Meet the Press!

          My biggest problem is the warmonger Eliot L. Engel. How is it that we could come up with an alternative to Loserman but no viable alternative to this uselessness? I have a man that lives in Virginia and supposedly represents me in the Bronx.

          It’s nice that he now responds to questions about his support for the war by saying that had he known then what he now knows, he would have acted differently. He didn’t start saying that until he had a challenger that didn’t have a chance.

          But that respond is not to his constituents. In this man’s ten terms, I’ve never received a response of any sort outside of begging for money. Mario Biaggi may have gone to jail but his office did send out replies. His replacement, not so good!

          So here in a Blue State, I see nothing worth getting involved in. This Party won't change and those gates are locked solid.

          Then there is the Social Security issue. Something that hits very close to home in my case! What excuse do they have for undermining Social Security during all those years the Democrats were in charge? They set Bush up for his war against Social Security and come 2017, the Wingnuts have a much more valid argument.

          I guess what I’m trying to say here is I’m fed up. I’ve had enough of all of them and I’m taking a break from any of them.

          •  Eddie C (1+ / 0-)
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            Be of good cheer! If you've had enough of them it's because you had high expectations. Alas, the human condition.....human nature.....prevents most people (including their elected representatives) from rising to the standard we expect.

            From my personal experience, Republicans WILL HURT YOU and Democrats won't. Dems will actually help.

            Therefore, don't give up the effort!
            Don't get depressed!

            Freud said: never regret how low civilization has fallen; it never rose as high as you'd like to believe.

            •  Thanks LNK (0+ / 0-)

              Maybe the place to be is blindly supporting the Party that will do less harm.  The party that will take back the power and do nothing for the people but do nothing to the people.

              What a choice!

              When I posted the fact that Sen. Hillary Clinton has become the number two recipient of Medical Industry Payola, now that’s depressing;

              Since 2000, the health industry has donated more than $370 million to the lawmakers of both political parties. The No. 1 recipient of that largesse last year was Republican Sen. Rick Santorum -- the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate who has ardently opposed a single-payer health care system. No. 2 was Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton -- who, just 12 years removed from her attempt to reform health care, is now giving speeches apologizing for her previous efforts. Also bathed in health industry cash has been Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. He has been a key opponent of health care reform -- not surprising, considering he is also one of the heirs of HCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain in America.

              Same shit, different party, right? I need to choose which representative to support even though they are all bought and paid for by Big Business.

              And one more thing, you have a very valid point with;

              Politics is ...um....political, so we can only get an approximation of what we want.

              Maybe I’m being oversensitive about the cronyism in the Democratic Party and nothing makes me feel more alone than my dairies about this issue. Dairies about cronyism in the Republican Party get a whole lot of play but the party that we are supposedly working to change isn’t worth mentioning as they step on genuine leadership.

              For some reason I feel that politics should rise above the practices that go on in Trade Unions. There is just way too much at stake for representation becoming a father and son business.

              I thought I made a point in It's not what you know, it's who you know!

              Now it seems that a toxic corporate attitude has made advances in the national political arena. As I read those numbers and combine the sons and daughters with the politicians who get the backing for merely pleasing the top dogs, the Do Nothing Congress is no surprise.

              The people who have controllers must be far greater that those that stand for something. How else can we explain the fact that there is a criminal sitting in the White House while members of Congress walk around in denial?

              A cynical view of the situation is a good old boy introducing the offspring to the big donors and teaching them how to take good care of the corporate sponsors.  Passing on that valuable experience and disrespect for the office, so the children don't have to start off with ideologies that were drummed out of the father a long time ago.

              There are so many deeply disturbing facts about the passing of power in America. We now have a man sitting in the Oval Office that had no qualification other than his father was once a mediocre president. It is hard to think of Bush without thoughts of Flounder in Animal House "He's a legacy; we've got to take him."

              And speaking of movie quotes, don’t you feel just a little like the big guy Tony Ganios in The Wanderers.

              Leave the kid alone.

              After years of trying to get the Democrats off their ass and just perform some damage control while in the minority. A few more filibusters and getting on the shuttle from Washington to New York to relay a message on the American television was too much to ask?

              Instead we ended up with Milquetoast Democrats (the last time I made the recommended diaries list) and a whole lot of dry powder.

              So yea, I'm having a hard time getting behind those Democrats.

              And yes, I have definitely lost my rudder around here and have no self confidence in posting diaries anymore. This is my new tact. Drive up comments by making them myself.

              I’m gonna tell my September 11th story and then I’ll leave it there. This year on that very grim anniversary, I spent the whole day in my apartment, occasionally looking downriver to where the towers once stood.

              I worked long and hard on a diary that was mostly about a Jarrett Murphy story, Blunt Trauma. It was a story about Firefighters that had been left behind by the City and federal government.

              When the time came to click submit, I just couldn’t do it. I just didin’t want to post a diary for one comment. I was lost in a lack of self confidence.

              The next day I read Thank you..... thank you ALL so very much. and felt bad about not particapating. So I postsed My Memories from Five Years Ago Today, deliberately leaving out many points to garner comments. None came until a real pimping effort and I was lost.

              I don’t know if I have anything going forward. I’ve certainly tried but I’m burned out. I definitely love this site and this movement. I’ll probably hang around the kiddy pool and post a few in Al Davis’s diaries. I still have a "fun diary" to post. I’ll still read and make recommends for Diary Rescue and Recovery but I am definitely depressed.

              Any way, sorry for crying on your shoulder.   I just wanted to put this in writing for my own sake. Get it off my chest. And I definitely got my money’s worth out of this (none/0) Not that I care much about TU Status anymore.

              Thanks again.

            •  Now I have to take all of that last part back! (0+ / 0-)

              I'm feeling better now. I was very depressed this afternoon about both sides.

              Came home from work feeling so good about the fact that I'm going on vacation and looked over that comment.

              It was like I said, I needed to see it in writing and now I've worked through those feelings. It's not about me.

              So I will be of good cheer but I can't take back the first part or my feelings about the Democrats.

              I'm fed up!

              But after reading a few diaries, especially Mr. President, are you THREATENING me?, I'll take anybody who keeps Bush in check.

              •  Eddie C, you're right and it's the constant (1+ / 0-)
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                effort, the ten minutes a day...rather than the big highs that move things forward.

                Be cheered that Sen. Clinton has done wonders for returning vets with strange symptoms (depleted uranium poisoning)--getting monitoring programs, etc. And for the firefighters and other first responders.

                Big Picture....keep it in mind.

                And have some fun every day.
                Channel that anger, too.

  •  I'll go get the popcorn (2+ / 0-)
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    I can't stand them both, but I hate Pirro more, and I say that as a Westchester resident. She's an uber-corrupt fusion of Nancy Grace and Katherine Harris. I think I'll skip this race in terms of pulling a lever in November, but if it's close I'll vote for Cuomo with a giant clothespin on my nose.

    Take the NY-25: Dan Maffei for Congress

    by Progressive Moderate on Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 09:30:13 PM PDT

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