-GOP insiders say Andrew Cuomo is a definite for governor and is willing to put up with a couple weeks of criticism from the black community over the decision to take on the state's first black governor.
Mr. Cuomo may be getting some help in the form of Suffolk County executive Steven Levy who may be a stalking horse for Cuomo. Mr. Levy is organizing what he says is a run for Governor, but some believe its a faux candidacy designed to allow Mr. Cuomo to say he has two opponents and is not picking on the Black and blind governor, David Paterson.
-I am no fan of Senator Harry Reid, but this fuss that came out in the latest insider account of campaign 2008 is not the same as what Senator Trent Lott said in praising segregationist Strom Thurmond on the occasion of his 100th birthday.
Lott's effusive praise of Thurmond was an idiotic affirmation of the former Dixiecrat candidate for President. Senator Reid's reference to "Negro dialect" was impolitic by today's standards, but nothing more.
There are a lot of reasons to wish Senator Reid a bleak future in politics and a lot of whacky things he has said. His best is the complaint that constituents visiting Washington "smelled bad".
There are also some race-based quotes attibuted to Bill Clinton in this new book called "Game Change."
Question to the journalists who write these books: Why didn't Harry Reid's quote get reported contemporaneously two years ago ? How much good stuff do reporters just sit on with an eye towards their book to come later?
Harry Reid should stop apologizing now and get back to the serious business of losing his bid for reelection.
-There has not been much in the news, but a purported mishandling of the mail has caused pension check delays for many New York Retirement System recipients.
Ted Ford tells me he has been swamped at the office of Assemblywoman Russell with complaints from people worried the State has run out of cash. The party line from the comptroller is the money is there, the checks were misplaced.