-Liz Benjamin's absence at the scene of the gubernatorial debate last night in Hempstead was duly noted by those there, and today on her blog we learn the omnipresent observer of NY politics is fighting off a cold.
Please Lord, grant her a swift recovery as it is only two weeks till the election.
-Veteran NY Post State Editor Fred Dicker was also not there for the debate. His running battles with a couple of campaign operatives may have been a reason.
-Cathy Paladino attended her husband's debate performance and sat next to running mate Greg Edwards. There was no sign of Andrew Cuomo's girlfriend, Sandra Lee although his running mate, Bob Duffy was there.
-I didn't see a lot of political heavyweights as in Legislators, but former Senate chief Senator Malcolm Smith was there.
-While outbursts were barred by the rules, there were still cheers and applause with Mr. Cuomo having the largest amen corner and Freedom Party candidate Charles Barren also with an active group of supporters
-Wicked Wench owner Tammy Bramhall and soon to be hospital foundation chief Dave Mance were among those who texted me during the debate with praise for Kristin Davis' performance, Tammy spoke by phone with the candidate afterwards to give words of praise.
-The Wick's Law and the Taylor Law were among things Roger Stone ask me for an explanation of as he completed last minute debate preps with Ms.Davis, who was the only candidate disciplined enough not to run over in her answers and be interupted by the moderators.
-Rent's 2 Damn High candidate Jimmy McMillan wore black gloves during the debate, and certainly captured the "crazy"moniker from Carl. McMillan's performance was strange and one wonders where he gets the resources to petition his way on ballots every year. His efforts are legendary in NYC.
A Day Off, Sort Of