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Nassau Exec: This story is from the New York Post's Fred Dicker, so the usual level of skepticism applies, but it's worth a read nevertheless. Unnamed Democrats are claiming that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to undermine fellow Democrat Tom Suozzi, who is making a comeback bid for Nassau County executive, and there are actually a few concrete things they point to. For one, it's been two weeks since the primary (which Suozzi won handily), but Cuomo still hasn't endorsed him in his bid to unseat Republican Ed Mangano, who upset Suozzi four years ago.

For another, Cuomo recently sacked Ronald Stack, the independent-minded head of the special state agency created to monitor Nassau's shaky finances, replacing him with someone regarded as a Cuomo loyalist; Stack had been a frequent critic of Mangano's. What's more, Cuomo has recently made several appearances with Mangano while spurning local Democrats.

So what's behind all this? One nameless "Suozzi ally" says that Republicans are afraid that a victorious Suozzi could help Long Island Democrats retake seats in the state Senate, which is currently run by minority Republicans and a handful of renegade Democrats. Cuomo has made his preference for GOP control of the chamber quite clear over the years, so I could definitely believe this.


GA-Sen: This is awfully thin, but Politico's Manu Raju reports that D.C. Republicans are considering the possibility of spending money to stop Rep. Paul Broun from winning the GOP Senate primary in Georgia. Broun is easily the craziest Republican running, but if an establishment group like the American Action Network or Karl Rove's new Conservative Victory Project opened fire on him, that might only motivate his supporters more. And even if it worked, Republicans could still get saddled with someone like Rep. Phil Gingrey, who isn't much better.

IA-Sen: We've written a few times about the possibility that Iowa Republicans may be forced to choose their Senate nominee at a statewide convention, if no candidate gets 35 percent in the crowded June primary. State party chair A.J. Spiker has also earned establishment wrath for delaying the convention until mid-July, ostensibly to allow election officials to certify the results of the primary first. But some Republicans (including one state representative on the record) think that Spiker, a former Iowa co-chair for Ron Paul's presidential campaign, wants more time to "to sneak a Paul-allied candidate through a brokered convention."

It's a genuine possibility, too. Spiker successfully manipulated Iowa's chaotic convention process last year to ensure that 22 of the state's 28 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa were Paulists, even though Paul only finished third in the caucuses. Spiker called the notion "absolutely ridiculous," though he refused to rule out the possibility that he himself could wind up as the party's nominee, saying the prospect was only "very unlikely." Sounds like Spiker's keeping his options for mischief open. Democrats have to be pleased.

KY-Sen: Some Dude Ed Marksberry was never going to be more than a minor irritant for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in next year's Democratic primary, but now he's poised to become a much bigger irritant. Marksberry says he dropping out of the primary to pursue a bid as an independent, which might harm Grimes in a close race. Marksberry has criticized Grimes for her stance on coal, with lines like "You may be a friend to coal, but I like to say I'm a lover for Mother Earth," so he could draw some votes from disaffected liberals and play spoiler.

NC-Sen: Despite spending a reported $100,000 to air a TV ad fluffing his name earlier this month, state Senate President Phil Berger has decided against a Senate bid next year. That means state House Speaker Thom Tillis is still the only prominent Republican in the race to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan, but keep your eye on state Sen. Pete Brunstetter, a Berger ally. Last week, Berger and Brunstetter strongly indicated that they had a deal worked out whereby they wouldn't run against one another in the primary, and Berger indicated he'd support Brunstetter if the latter did make a go of it. Now the path is clear for Brunstetter to jump in, and with some big-name backing from Berger.

NJ-Sen: In their first poll of next month's special election for Senate, Stockton College finds Democrat Cory Booker smashing Republican Steve Lonegan by a 58-32 margin. That's in line with the numbers most other pollsters have seen.


MD-Gov: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown just earned another big-name establishment endorsement in his bid to win the Democratic nomination for Maryland's open governor's race. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who apparently does not often get involved in primaries, threw her support behind Brown on Sunday. Brown is vying for the Democratic nod with Delegate Heather Mizeur and state Attorney General Doug Gansler, who will formally launch his campaign on Tuesday.

And just ahead of Gansler's entry, Brown is releasing a new internal poll from Garin-Hart-Yang showing his lead in the race increasing slightly. Brown holds a 43-21 edge over Gansler, while Mizeur takes just 5 percent. A year ago, Brown was up 37-23 in a three-way matchup that featured Howard County Executive Ken Ulman instead of Mizeur. (Ulman also got 5 percent in that poll, but now he's Brown's running-mate.) Almost a third of voters are still undecided, though, and the primary is not until June.

VA-Gov: Sen. Mark Warner stars in Democrat Terry McAuliffe's newest ad, referencing his tenure as Virginia governor (during which he enjoyed considerable popularity) and insisting that McAuliffe will "work with Democrats, Republicans, and independents to create jobs and move Virginia forward."

One stop further downballot, Republican lieutenant governor nominee E.W. Jackson is doing his best to scare off Democrats and independents (and probably some members of his own party, too). From a sermon he gave on Sunday at a Northern Virginia church:

Any time you say, 'There is no other means of salvation but through Jesus Christ, and if you don't know him and you don't follow him and you don't go through him, you are engaged in some sort of false religion,' that's controversial. But it's the truth.

CA-17: The Planned Parenthood Action Fund just endorsed Rep. Mike Honda in his Dem-vs.-Dem battle with former Obama official Ro Khanna in California's 17th District, centered in Silicon Valley. Planned Parenthood's various campaign arms spent over $11 million on outside expenditures last year, though most of it was on the presidential race. This cycle, congressional races will of course take center stage, so this endorsement could involve some real financial support for Honda as well. Also amusing: Khanna sits on the board of his local Planned Parenthood.

NH-01: Ex-Rep. Frank Guinta, who had been looking at a comeback bid for some time, announced on Monday that he'd seek a rematch against Democrat Carol Shea-Porter. It would be the rubber match between the two: Guinta unseated Shea-Porter by 12 points in the 2010 Republican wave, only to lose to her by 4 just two years later. But Guinta will first have to deal with a contested Republican primary, as outgoing University of New Hampshire business school dean Dan Innis is already seeking the GOP nomination.

NY-19: Investor and activist Sean Eldridge, who has been gearing up for a congressional bid since February, has finally made his challenge to GOP Rep. Chris Gibson official. Eldridge is married to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and is, as you'd expect, well-connected and very wealthy. However, his candidacy offers some downsides, too: Eldridge is only 27 years old, has never run for office before, and only recently bought a home in the district. But he's already raised an impressive $750,000 and the DCCC seems to think he can give Gibson a very stiff challenge.

P.S. Eldridge also has a welcome video here.

OR-02: Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum says he's considering a challenge to Rep. Greg Walden in the GOP primary, a longshot bid that might nevertheless help Democrats. That's not because Dems would have a chance at this dark-red seat if Walden were to lose, but rather if Walden is pinned down back home fighting for re-election, that means he'll have less time to spend helping his own party nationally in his role as NRCC chair. Something similar happened in 2006, when then-NRCC chief Tom Reynolds faced a serious general election challenge from Jack Davis that threw him off his game, helping Democrats win back the majority that year.

Other Races:

NJ Legislature: With Gov. Chris Christie remaining stubbornly popular at the top of the ticket, will he offer coattails to fellow Republicans running for the legislature this fall? New polling from Rutgers-Eagleton suggests that Christie's downballot effect will be limited. Likely voters say they plan to support Democratic candidates by a 49-32 margin for the state Assembly and a similar 50-35 spread for the state Senate. Of course, generic ballot questions such as these don't address the circumstances of individual races, and Republicans would need only four pickups to deadlock the Senate at 20 seats apiece.

To ward off that possibility, some well-connected D.C. Democrats have created a new state-level  super PAC with the non-descript name of "the Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security" that has begun been spending heavily in New Jersey. One of their biggest outlays so far was a $312,000 television ad buy attacking Republican Niki Trunk, who is running against state Senate President Stephen Sweeney. According to our preliminary calculations, Obama took about 55 percent last year in Sweeney's 3rd District, so given the tendency of Democratic turnout to drop off in off-year elections, this could be a competitive seat.

SD Mayor: Nineteen candidates submitted the required 200 signatures in order to appear on the Nov. 19 ballot for the special election for mayor in San Diego, necessitated by Bob Filner's resignation last month. The list includes the four expected big names: former City Attorney Mike Aguirre, former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, and City Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer. Faulconer is the lone Republican in the field. (We mis-identified Aguirre as a Republican in a previous Digest.)

With this lopsided lineup, Democrats have to hope that Faulconer can't clear 50 percent in the first round, which would force a runoff. Fortunately, given the size of the field, an outright win in the first round seems like a tough task for Faulconer, but the actual number of candidates won't be known until Wednesday, when election officials expect to have finished verifying the signatures they've received.

Special Elections: From Johnny Longtorso:

California AD-52: This is the runoff for the seat formerly held by Democrat Norma Torres. The candidates are Democrat Freddie Rodriguez and independent Paul Leon. Normally a Dem-Indy runoff would not be very noteworthy, but Leon is a Republican who bolted from his party after losing to Torres for a special election to the state Senate.
Democratic candidates combined for 61 percent of the vote in the first round back in July.

Grab Bag:

Congress: As a counterpoint to its "50 richest members of Congress" piece, Roll Call takes a look at the ten "poorest" members as well. "Poorest" is in quotation makes, though, because most of those who makes the list own considerable assets in addition to their (larger) debts, typically mortgages. Deepest in the hole is California Republican Rep. David Valadao, who owns farms worth more than a $1 million but also owes over $5 million in loans. At the end of the piece, there are also seven members who list having no assets whatsoever—an alternative and perhaps more realistic definition of "poorest"—the worst off of whom is Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert, who's in hock for $610,000.

Demographics: Pew Research's Hispanic Trends Project takes a look at the population of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. and finds that the numbers are starting to creep up again, after several years of decline in the late '00s concurrent with the financial crisis. Estimates for 2012 were 11.7 million, up from 11.3 million in 2009, which in turn was a drop from the peak in 2007 at 12.2 million. The implication is pretty clear: Immigration varies based on the strength of the economy.

One interesting sidenote: While Mexico is the most common country of origin among unauthorized immigrants, the number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants has been steadily falling since peaking in 2007, down to 6.0 million from 6.9 million. The current small growth in the numbers is driven entirely by migration from places other than Mexico.

Pew also includes charts with the growth trends broken down by specific states; unauthorized immigrant populations continue to grow in Texas, while they've fallen appreciably in other large states. And perhaps you're wondering what the electoral angle is on all this, since these immigrants aren't eligible to vote? Many of them have children who are citizens, who'll be voting once they come of age. (David Jarman)

Fundraising: Here are the August fundraising numbers for the six major party committees (July's are here):

DCCC $4,581,198 $3,033,384 $16,138,349 $1,547,814 $0
NRCC $3,818,480 $3,173,471 $12,710,025 $645,009 $750,000
DSCC $3,300,000 $9,400,000 ($182,690) $8,700,000
NRSC $1,860,000 $4,800,000 ($1,508,019) $2,500,000
DNC $4,297,231 $4,806,960 $3,634,122 ($509,730) $18,189,967
RNC $6,762,822 $6,520,165 $12,510,182 $242,657 $0
Total Dem $12,178,428 $7,840,344 $29,172,471 $855,394 $26,889,967
Total GOP $12,441,302 $9,693,636 $30,020,207 ($620,353) $3,250,000
The NRSC's big cash-on-hand drop stems from paying down half of their $5,000,000 debt last month, and the group says it repaid the remainder in early September. Once again, though, they trail their Democratic counterparts, whom they've only outraised one time all year. And after narrowly trailing the NRCC in June and July, the DCCC moved back on top, where it had been from January through May. The RNC, meanwhile, has led the DNC every single month in 2013.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  NJ Sen Q: Booker 53 Lonegan 41 (2+ / 0-)
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    mikejay611, grich01

    LVs.  Last one they did was RVs.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 05:27:23 AM PDT

    •  Odd (0+ / 0-)

      "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

      by conspiracy on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 05:47:14 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  How IS That Odd? (2+ / 0-)
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        dopper0189, mikejay611

        Of course his lead is going to shrink when they go from registered voters to likely voters.

        And of course the question is how does this pollster define what a likely voter is in an off year special election?

        By the way I hear Gallup has Romney up 7 points on Obama! We're DOOMED!

        •  Because a poll yesterday of likely voters (3+ / 0-)
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          itskevin, mikejay611, askew

          Had a margin twice that. As have other previous LV polls.

          "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

          by conspiracy on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:06:06 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Again, What Is A Likely Voter (0+ / 0-)

            Every polling firm is going to have a different definition, especially in an off year special election.

            •  You wouldn't expect that much difference (1+ / 0-)
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              Though I suppose the Rutgers poll last week was half as large again as the Stockton margin yesterday. I'm not suggesting "doom" at all. It just looks a little odd to me to see three polls in a short time look so different. Yes, the definition of likely voters is likely the reason.

              "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

              by conspiracy on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:20:37 AM PDT

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    •  By The Way This Illustrates What I Hate About TPM (3+ / 0-)
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      Pale Jenova, askew, Odysseus

      The headline makes it sound like Booker's support has cratered, but then you read the article and in paragraph three it states, "Quinnipiac noted that its previous survey of the race last month, which showed Booker with a 25-point advantage, used a broader sample of registered voters and cannot be compared to the latest findings."

      Again: "and cannot be compared to the latest findings."

      Sometimes TPM seems as bad as the Huffington Post. I really hate what TPM has become as of late.

      •  Everybody is reporting it that way (0+ / 0-)

        "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

        by conspiracy on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:14:23 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  TPM has become trash. They have been (0+ / 0-)

        doing the misleading headlines and their Livewire newsfeed which used to give you a list of political news items for the day now spends more time on silly nonsense to generate clicks than on actual news.

        I would kill for a replacement for TPM's livewire.

        President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

        by askew on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 09:25:03 AM PDT

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  •  The presence... (7+ / 0-)

    of a Nader-like spoiler has to please Mitch McConnell...

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 05:35:26 AM PDT

  •  MD-Gov: Sarbanes endorses Brown (5+ / 0-)

    And now Anthony Brown can put another feather in his cap. Rep. John Sarbanes just endorsed him yesterday too.

  •  Re: Cuomo (1+ / 0-)
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    Has anyone done a generic legislative ballot in NY recently? I know it seems silly in a blue state, but I've heard at least anecdotal evidence to suggest that the Senate Dems were so bad last time they held power that even many Dems want a coalition Senate.

    Male, 23, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)

    by fearlessfred14 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:05:36 AM PDT

    •  I don't understand why (2+ / 0-)
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      Pale Jenova, TLS66

      The only way in which the last Democratic Senate control was "bad" was because of idiots like the current IDC who threatened to cross the aisle on pivotal votes like voting for the Senate President.  If the Dems actually had more than a 5-vote majority in the Senate for once, there'd be no problems.

    •  Corruption (3+ / 0-)
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      psnyder, MRA NY, James Allen

      There have been so many Dem state Senators from NY that have ended up in jail, it would be an embarrassment and a liability for an ambitious Governor like Cuomo who clearly has his sights set on higher office. In a way, given the amount of disgraceful Legislators that have sullied the halls of Albany, I can't say It really blame him.

      •  Well, considering that is has (2+ / 0-)
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        psnyder, James Allen

        not only been Democrats, but quite a few powerful Republican State Senators (although the latest spate is more Democratic), I would say "A pox on most of their houses".  The New York State Senate is a true criminal organization.

        With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

        by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 07:04:18 AM PDT

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  •  Cuomo (0+ / 0-)

    So what's the theory on why Cuomo prefers Republican control in the Senate?

    •  Because he is one and he wants to be president. (9+ / 0-)

      Most of us who live in NY know that already.

      •  Oh God no. (0+ / 0-)

        The last thing we need is to nominate someone even more centrist-y, bipartisan-y, and compromise-y.

        And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

        by Pale Jenova on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:54:05 AM PDT

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      •  Indeed. Last election, he refused (2+ / 0-)
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        psnyder, TLS66

        to endorse the Democrat running in his Assembly District over the Republican incumbent.  The Democrat, David Buchwald, romped to victory, despite ads from his opponent which featured Cuomo having said nice things about the Repug.

        With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

        by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 07:06:38 AM PDT

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        •  I know some people don't like Spitzer (2+ / 0-)

          but when HE was Governor, he would move heaven and earth to get Democrats more seats in the Senate. He'd appoint GOP State Senators to his cabinet if their seats seemed ripe for being picked off by Democrats (see Balboni, Michael).

          "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

          by TLS66 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 07:34:58 AM PDT

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      •  He wants to be (1+ / 0-)
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        but he has all of the personal magnetism of a dour Sunday school teacher, or John Kerry.  He's not going to be president. He would get slaughtered by Cristie. Hell, he might even lose to Cruz.

        •  And he can't be Hillary's VP (1+ / 0-)
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          Because they can't both come from NY. Although if Hillary were to change residency, but I think that's unlikely just to make room for Cuomo.

          He couldn't seriously be angling for 2016, so what's he shooting for...2024? How old would he be then?


          What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

          by equern on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 09:23:07 AM PDT

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    •  Well the typical excuses... (4+ / 0-)
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      savannah43, Egalitare, Jay C, Aunt Martha

      (1) Third way/DLC/"he's just being one of the adults/'serious people' "

      (2) This way all the stuff that the sheeple want (that he doesn't) he can blame on Republican obstruction when they vote it down.

      (3) ?

      •  The real Cuomo (0+ / 0-)

        Cuomo is just like his father, he gives great speeches, does some good things, but, is always angling, holding court, always moving around, never standing still, all because he doesn't want to have to commit to much of anything.  He'd rather deal with a GOP Senate because he can triangulate, cut deals etc.  

        If he had a Dem. Senate along with the Dem Assembly, he'd be the one at the top and would be responsible, which he doesn't ever want to do.

        He wants to be the one who brokers the deals between the warring Dem. Assembly and GOP Senate, so he can look like he is above it all, and take credit for being the adult in the room.  This way, his hands never get dirty.  He can be king Andrew.  His father governed in exactly the same style.

        A true leader isn't afraid to get down in the trenches with his troops and get some dirt under his finger nails.  This is how to establish some street credibility which ultimately results in a leader actually gaining far more power.

        The Dem. Assembly and GOP Senate, on most issues, aren't that different.  If Cuomo and the Dems controlled the whole trifecta, they could enact a truly progressive agenda, but Cuomo is a middle of the road type, as was mentioned here already.  

        When the reapportionment was being done in 2011 after the census of 2010, he could have gotten us a few more Dem. house seats, but didn't even try.  He doesn't care.  It's all about him.  He's not a team player, and this will become more evident as his terms grinds on.  

    •  My cynical perspective is that... (2+ / 0-)
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      Jay C, tb mare

      ...he wants the appearance of juggling bipartisan constraints to burnish his "cred" if he does try for higher office, whether that's 2016 or some future cycle.

      And just as important, "divided rule" is a political "firewall" which the Wall Street Financial Elites insist on maintaining by any means necessary. A nominally GOP Long Island is the only thing standing in the way of actual Progressive politics having to be included "at the table" in Albany. There isn't enough population in the rest of the state to counter NYC and an even mildly Democratic Long Island.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:46:36 AM PDT

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    •'s not a Republican (0+ / 0-)

      controlled Senate, per se. It's a power-sharing arrangement between Republicans and the IDC (Independent Democratic Caucus) Democrats.

      Am not sure whether Cuomo's lack of endorsement of Suozzi is only about keeping the power-sharing arrangement or the fact that Suozzi ran a primary campaign against Cuomo for the Democratic nomination in 2010.

      It could be a combination of both.

  •  Cantor on Jackson: no comment on verbal inquiries (6+ / 0-)

    The Jewish Week's correspondent reported:

    I called the office of Rep. Eric Cantor, the Virginia congressman and House majority leader who is the only Jewish Republican in the 113th Congress, for comment Jackson's speech, and was told all inquiries had to be submitted in writing.  If and when I hear back from Cantor's office I will post that.
  •  Cuomo not serious about future Pres run? (4+ / 0-)

    Each time I see one of the these reports about how NY Gov Cuomo is aiding NY Republicans and slighting NY Democrats, it reinforces my personal belief that Cuomo will never actually make a serious run for President.

    Party loyalty is important for people aspiring to the Presidency.  Each deviation from party loyalty can be exploited by Pres primary opponents.  [I cannot recall any instance when Hillary Rodham Clinton aided a Republican candidate over a Democratic candidate.]

    Cuomo is not stupid.  He understands this.  His moves tell me he is solely focused on NY state and he does not really ever plan to run for President.

    If he were to run, I for one would be less inclined to support him for the nomination because of his occasional moves to help NY state Senate Republicans and other NY Republicans.

    •  Consider your one vote against all of the GOP (0+ / 0-)

      votes he will pick up as a DINO.

    •  You're exactly right (1+ / 0-)
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      There's 0 indication he will run because he's smart and knows he can't win.  Bu he can be king of NYS for good while and he probably twill be, so no big issue with his moves really.

      The Senate Dems never can get their act together anyways, so it's not like we're losing out a lot.  If we elected 2 more Dems to replace GOPers tomorrow, we'd probably just be expanding the IDC.

      Why the IDC gets off the hook in the NYSS analysis I'll never know.  All from solidly blue seats but just power grabbing and they get a shoulder shrug.

      "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

      by rdw72777 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 07:13:10 AM PDT

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    •  oy...the brooklyn bridge is for sale (0+ / 0-)

      If you truly believe his eye is not on 2016.  I KNOW Andy and he wants it bad.  what he also wants is no drama and to control everything to prevent drama.  He was his daddy's #1 henchman/operative...and he still has that mentality. A divided legislature is a makes him stronger.

  •  I can definitely believe this (0+ / 0-)

    Cuomo is a traitor to the Democratic Party and has been since last December when he brokered the current coalition in the Senate, in which the IDC is clearly the junior partner.  The surprise is how Cuomo has gotten away with it.  If Obama had tried this shit with the U.S. Senate, the cries for his impeachment would be heard far and wide and even this "Obamabot" here (meaning myself, just so I'm clear) would not be supporting him.

    Cuomo may well get re-elected by a landslide next year, but he should be persona non grata in a Democratic presidential primary.  Let him run either run as a Republican or do what Adolfo Carrion (this year's Nader in the NYC mayoral election) did and become an independent.

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 07:07:16 AM PDT

  •  DNC debt? (5+ / 0-)
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    MRA NY, wdrath, Edge PA, equern, Odysseus

    Should we be concerned that the DNC is perpetually in debt?
    Every month I see these figures, the optimistic take is that the D organizations have raised a bunch of money. But then I look at the bottom right, and we're still sitting on almost $30 million in debt, even as the Rs say they have none.
    Is this going to bite us when we need to borrow money in the 2014 elections? Or is it smart of us to have those funds mobilized now?

  •  New Jersey legislature (0+ / 0-)

    I don't see those Conservadems and Indys for C C voting for Republican candidates downballot much. It's his ... charisma they like more than giving Republicans unlimited power.

  •  For someone who's constantly (0+ / 0-)

    talked about as a 2016 contender, Cuomo seems to have very little interest in taking positions that will win him primaries

  •  re: Governor Cuomo (0+ / 0-)

    He once  happily told a story about his start in politics. He worked for his father. His job, he said, was to find his father’s opponents political signs in the neighborhood and remove them,...........

    He laughed while telling the story.

    Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

    by eve on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 01:28:04 PM PDT

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