Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The NYT Vs. Paterson: It's Personal: Sex Media and Politics Metastasize

Paterson: 'The Only Way I'll Be Leaving...Is In A Box'

US Attorney To Charge Councilman Seabrook With Corruption (Updated)
*** Seabrook Indictment

In a few weeks the council will forget about this reform also
Slushgate Reforms Revisited? It time for the good government groups to grab their sounds bites to justify their pay and poor record of results.

The NYT Vs. Paterson: It's Personal
Sex Media and Politics Metastasize

The story that was leaked by Times reporters at a party and went viral on the Internet over the weekend. The governor will resign was the story. The story is now become the story. With the NYT at its center with it reputation on the line. NYP Dicker today "By sitting on their supposed blockbuster of a story for nearly two weeks, the Times' scribes have created a paralytic frenzy in state government the likes of which have never been seen before."

Paterson team is attacking the NYT in the press and on the Internet at the same time they are meeting with them to offer their side of the story. "There is an accountability that should exist in the media. How do I get my reputation back? Because I don't believe I have done anything to deserve this kind of bashing," embattled Gov. David Paterson told the AP, condemning "callous and sleazy" assaults on his character.

The NYP headlines has the gov saying "I did not have sex with that woman." Angry gov blasts raunchy rumors *Furious gov: I've been sexploited The governor hopes the NYT get burned with this story the same way they did when they publishish what has become know as the sex story about John McCain just when his campaign for president was taking off in 2008. Consultants working on the Paterson reelection effort like Harold Ickes and Bill Lynch know how to push back against the media and they are doing so right now. The NYT who thinks they are above everyone, ride into town and fix the problem, has been sucked into the muck that has made New York the horror it has become. It is there fault for staying out of this show from hell for so long. It has now gotten to the point where we need a President Lincoln to send in the troops to put down the news gangs of New York. It is so out of control and the pol gangs have become so cleaver, the public so clueless and the media so weak that we have entered New York perfect storm, a civil war between former partner the media and the pols. New York is burning like Atlanta with unemployed, closed businesses and and sense of failure and believe anything.

Dicker in the NYP The wildest thing about the wild rumors sur rounding Gov. Paterson's supposedly imminent resignation is that everybody in the state Capitol -- indeed everybody in the state political community -- is ready to believe anything about the governor, no matter how bad it is. . . Have you heard about the governor regularly "double dating" with a beautiful younger woman other than his wife or about the real reason he was late on the scene at the tragic Buffalo commuter-plane crash or maybe the one about the wild sex and drug parties at the Executive Mansion? Albany runs wild amid titillating innuendo *** Poll-challenged Paterson swamped by rumor (DN) *** Paterson written off by experts, pols as he fends off rumors of scandal *** Albany runs wild amid titillating innuendo *** Paterson said rumors of his imminent resignation are “callous and sleazy,” and unfounded. (AP) * “I don’t believe there’s any truth to any of this,” Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch told the Daily News. (DN) * Here’s a roundup of some speculation about what the New York Times might publish in an expose of Paterson. (TU) *** Several sources interviewed by the Times indicated that reporters have spoken to the ex-girlfriend of Paterson aide David Johnson. (NYP) *** “Perhaps they’re bucking for the first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded for buzz,” Fred Dicker writes. (NYP) * Paterson met with the Times editorial board, where he said he would formally announce his campaign in the next few weeks. (NYT) *** News derivatives dip with stern Gov denial *** Paterson calls personal misconduct rumors 'sleazy' *** Fellow NY Democrats offer Paterson little support Washington Post

In the Gov's Desperation Anything Goes In a state with high unemployment, middle class moving out, businesses closing and an upstate economy long suffering about to collapse Paterson is floating a tax increaseGov seeking biz-tax hike to help MTA *** Bloomberg bashes Gov. Paterson's 'terrible' plan to raise taxes in city and lower them in suburbs * The MTA plans to slash service this summer to help plug a growing budget deficit. The payroll tax plan would not be enough to stop the service cuts, the MTA said.

Joseph Mercurio Would you want to be a Democrat on the marginal list and run for congress with Paterson at the top of the ticket? *** Post Editor in Chief Col Allan stood by the story and asked, "Does the governor's mansion not have a single closet?" After Paterson attacked a report about being caught "snuggling" with an unidentified woman in a utility closet, saying the room he was supposedly caught in doesn't exist.

Pay to Play Aqudduct News of a federal probe into a politically connected Queens charity supposedly meant to help Hurricane Katrina victims is just one more reason to freeze the Aqueduct "racino" deal. Dave's dying deal *** Criminal partner drops out of Aqueduct racino *** Feds' eye on missing Katrina aid *** Aqueduct also-rans weigh suit vs. Dave *** Malcolm Smith Likes Fred Dicker But Is Boycotting Post Anyway

Albany's High Noon 2
Tighter Security It's Hiram or fire-him day for Senate Ex-state Sen. Efrain Gonzalez Jr. (D-Bronx) wants to withdraw his plea of guilty to corruption charges on grounds that he got bad advice from a lawyer who didn't bill him *** Pedro Espada introduced a bill that would automatically expel senators convicted of misdemeanor offenses similar to Monserrate’s offense. (TU) *** There'll be extra security in the State Senate today thanks to the vote on Hiram Monserrate.

Pay to Play Albany
Free lawyer not worth price: pol

Pay to Play Pensions Markstone Capital agrees to pay pension fund $18 million to end AG Andrew Cuomo's probe

Gov of La Mancha Campaign Paterson’s Ethics Veto Survives Override Vote *Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson said the Republicans "killed ethics reform in Albany."** Paterson will kick off his campaign on February 20 in Hempstead, then have a February 21 event in Harlem, according to Newsday *** Roger Cohen distinguishes Silda Wall Spitzer from Jenny Sanford.

Were the Crime Books Cooked? Survey Raises Questions on Data-Driven Policy *** Bloomberg challenged the accuracy of the report challenging the accuracy of CompStat.

NYDN and the NYP
Go After Obama Keep the hell out: Obama must stop waffling and move 9/11 terror trial The Daily News continues its attack on the Obama Terrorism Agenda Time's up for Tehran: Congress must slap tough gasoline sanctions on Iran *** Schumer to Obama: Leave NY out of 9/11 terror trial *** Mike doubts 9/11-trial refund *** Michael Bloomberg doubts he'll get federal money for the terrorism trial.
New York Economic Melt Down Ad firm stiffs MTA by $18M, amount needed to avert cuts *** In City Real Estate, Old Clans Are Shrewd Again

Inside City Hall City lets homeowners' water bill penalties dry up *** Rubber room 'perv' Teacher 'studied' students*** Comptroller John Liu's Election Day workers haven't gotten paid, Cindy Adams reports
Election 2010 Draft Kudlow movement grows *** There are special elections today on Long Island, in Westchester and in Queens *** Senate hopeful Jonathan Tasini joined Harold Ford Jr.'s call for the Manhattan Democrats to delay their expected endorsement this week of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

'Saying no' -- for a reason *** National Security Team Fails to Inspire Confidence - USA Today *** Prison imam to face grand jury

Law and Order
Feds want sentence of 27-33 months for whiny Kerik *** U.S. Asks Kerik’s Judge to Send a Stern Message *** Keep the Lawyers, Judge Tells Murder Defendant *** Rudy Giuliani was not among the people wrote letters to Bernie Kerik's judge attesting to his character *** Kerik is considered a flight risk

White House The House of TranquillityBarack Obama and Joe Biden once had a Felix and Oscar air about them. But in recent months, Obama has found a way to use Bi den’s skills, while Biden has found ways to be of use (NYT Ed) *** Bam gets real kick Indy ass *** Hopes for a health care summit called by President Obama are low. (Politico) *** What's Happened to Obama? - Andrew Malcolm, Los Angeles Times *** Why is Obama Killing D.C.'s Vouchers? - Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

Congress McCain, Facing G.O.P. Foe in Primary, Tilts to the Right *** Murtha dies after 'botched' operation *** The Northeast is a battleground in Congressional elections. (NYT) *** Murtha: the Virtue & Vice of Congress - David Paul Kuhn, RealClearPolitics

Political Parties
Republicans Have Eyes on House Seats in Northeast in Midterm Races

National California Dysfunction: Blame the Politicians - San Diego Union-Tribune

The Hudson CleanupThe Environmental Protection Agency must make sure that General Electric follows through on the second phase of dredging the Hudson River no matter how difficult (NYT Ed)

Wall Street Toyota Details Recall of 2010 Prius for Brake Problems