Stop! In the name of crime. Before you break the law. Baby, baby, cops are aware of where you go. Each time you leave your door. They watch you walk down the street. Knowing they’ll frisk you when you meet. But next time before they search. Violating constitutional rights. (Think it o-over.) Hasn’t Bloomy been good to you? (Think it o-over.) Hasn’t Kelly been sweet to you? Your winners and losers:
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Maria del Carmen Arroyo - You’d think submitting nearly three thousand invalid petition signatures to the Board of Elections would land you on the loser list. But not in the case of Maria del Carmen Arroyo. Despite the phony John Hancock’s from Kate Moss and Derek Jeter, she is staying on the ballot. And while it may seem like fraud to the outside eye, the judge said there is no evidence that that is the case, so once again del Carmen Arroyo has skirted the long arm of the law just barely.
Bill de Blasio – It seems like just yesterday that the political chattering class had declared BdB’s campaign dead, and moved on to the post mortem to dissect everything he did wrong. Now de Blasio is the flavor of the moment, roaring to the front of the pack in this week’s Quinnipiac poll and pulling even with Quinn in the latest Marist numbers. De Blasio’s timing has been impeccable, with his first television ad — an emotional, high impact appeal starring his son — coming out soon after a massive void had opened up in the race with Weiner’s implosion. He even got a break with the release of the Q poll — just hours before the first debate — both giving him the momentum of frontrunner status going into the big show, and not allowing his opponents enough time to sharpen their knives to attack him full force.
Byron Brown - The mayor of Buffalo is seeking his third term in office, often a hard trick to pull off in politics. But Brown looks likely to cruise to re-election after this week. In the Democrat-dominated city Brown’s primary opponent Bernie Tolbert is languishing way behind in campaign funds (Brown has ten times as much), leaving him with few plays outside of dominating their debates. But Tolbert was unable to land any punches in their first forum, and he’s running out of rounds to score a surprise knockout. So, for now, it looks like BB will still be King.
Ben Kallos - Do we smell an upset on the Upper East Side? Several Manhattan elected officials have pulled their endorsements of embattled City Council candidate Micah Kellner in recent weeks, but when 32BJ/SEIU switched sides and endorsed Kallos — a first in the union’s history — it signaled this race could be closer than many people thought. Kellner is still favored, but his sexual harassment scandal, which has had more twists and turns than a Gossip Girl episode, has UES tongues wagging. We won’t be the least surprised if Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass weigh in before this one is all over. xoxo.
Eliot Spitzer - This is what a steamroller looks like. The future comptroller fended off a series of blistering attacks from his rival Scott Stringer in debates and in the news – and all he’s done is double his lead in the latest Q poll. It might be an outlier but the former governor hasn’t trailed since he got into the race two months ago. And Spitzer has deftly turned away Stringer’s attacks on his integrity and character, black socks and all.
Rob Astorino - A quick look at voter registration numbers in Westchester County show that there are roughly 276 thousand Democrats, 140 thousand Republicans and 169 thousand others, mostly unaffiliated (132k), some members of the Independence Party (25k), and a handful of others. So, a Republican incumbent running for re-election probably would benefit mightily from having his name on the Independence Party line. But this week Rob Astorino’s effort to run a write in campaign for the ballot line was denied by a judge. He is appealing. But if he doesn’t win the line, simple math suggests he will have a harder path toward re-election.
Michael Bloomberg - Reporters in the room for the Mayor’s press conference on Monday said he looked angrier than they had seen him in a long time. You didn’t need to be in the room to see it. Bloomberg blistered the federal court ruling calling for changes to the city’s stop-and-frisk procedures, howling that the city was now a more dangerous place. For good or for bad, the mayor’s legacy will forever be tied to the policy, and the courts will surely weigh in on this debate again, but for this week Bloomberg is undoubtedly in the loser column.
Maggie Brooks - Ever since Detroit filed for bankruptcy people have been speculating about what New York locality may be on the same path as the Motor City. Well, maybe it is Monroe County. This week Moody’s downgraded its credit rating citing structural budget weakness. Republicans argue that Moody’s wants them to raise taxes, and insist one-shot revenue tricks and budget cuts will allow them to balance the books. But, no matter how you cut it, the job got harder for County Executive Maggie Brooks.
Dagan LaCorte - This is what we wrote last week about Dagan LaCorte – “The mayor of Suffern is back on the ballot in the Rockland County executive race, thanks to a state judge who overruled the local Board of Elections and concluded that the candidate had gathered the required number of signatures.” We spoke too soon. This week, LaCorte was thrown of the ballot by an appellate court. BUT he vows to appeal. However, we promise we won’t put him back in the winners column next week if he wins.
William Rapfogel – Willy took a bad rap this week. The disgraced power broker was fired by the Met Council for allegedly taking kickbacks from the charity’s insurance bills and is now the subject of a criminal investigation being led by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Fortunately, the Jewish high holy days in which Rapfogel can ask God for forgiveness are arriving in three weeks. Even more fortunately, he hired Paul Shechtman to be his defense attorney.
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