Friday, November 15, 2013

Campign 2013 Winners and Losers


Politics: Winners and Losers(NYO)

Winner and Losers

The mayoral race’s not-so-obvious winners and losers(NYP)

  • Bill Hyers and Emma Woods: Things were looking grim for Bill de Blasio as late as June 26, when a Q poll gave him a dreary 10 percent in the multi-candidate Democratic primary. Hyers, director of President Obama’s re-election campaign in Pennsylvania in 2012,  and his deputy, Woods, become political rock stars when they steered  de Blasio to a blowout victory.
  • SEIU Local 1199: Lots of unions jumped on board de Blasio’s campaign after he won the Democratic primary. The giant Service Workers International Union was one of the union labor groups at his side before his poll numbers started soaring.
  • Park Slope: De Blasio’s home base. This is one neighborhood that no longer has to worry whether the snow will be plowed quickly.
  • Lobbyists: Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg didn’t need their money — he didn’t anyone’s money. But it’s back to real life with de Blasio.  Big name lobbyists, from Jim Capolino to Sid Davidoff, were early passengers on the de Blasio mayoral express. They can expect an open door at City Hall.
  • Progressives“: All three citywide positions are held by officials who describe themselves this way — de Blasio, Public Advocate Tish James and Comptroller Scott Stringer.
  • Boston Red Sox: New York City’s No. 1 citizen is now rooting for the hated Sox. It doesn’t get any sweeter than this if you’re from Beantown.
  • Bertha Lewis: The former head of ACORN is very tight with deBlasio.
  • The Republican Party: After nearly 20 years of GOP rule, City Hall returns to the Democrats through an election that was never close.
  • Charter schools and Eva Moskowitz, who runs two dozen of them. De Blasio is planning to charge rent to profitable charters that have space in public schools, which could turn the system upside down. He’s got a bulls-eye on the back of longtime foil Moskowitz.
  • Charles (Joe) Hynes: No one can recall the last time an incumbent district attorney lost a primary. The Brooklyn DA has now managed to lose both a Democratic primary and a general election by continuing his run as a Republican.
Central Park’s horse carriage drivers: Sooner or later, de Blasio has made it clear, he wants them to find new professions.
  • Adolfo Carrion: He was once a rising star in the Democratic Party. Then the former Bronx Borough President decided to run for mayor on the Independence Party line. He also denounced fellow Democrats. He never broke 3% in the polls. What was all this about again?
  • Micah Kellner: The Manhattan Assemblyman lost the Democratic primary for an Upper East Side city council seat after a female aide accused him of improper conduct. But he decided to keep running on the Working Families Party line — even though the party urged him to get out and told voters not to vote for him. Now he’s got to worry about losing his Assembly seat next year.

CrainsNY Winners and Losers of the Elections
NYC Independence Party: The salad days are over for the cult-like party, whose ballot line gave Mr. Bloomberg his margin of victory three times and which reaped handsome campaign contributions and tax-free city bonds. This year the party went with Mr. Carrión, losing much of its clout and relevance. Adolfo Carrión: About the only thing his quixotic mayoral run on the Independence Party accomplished was to pay his young daughter Raquel nearly $50,000 and line the pockets of friendly political consultants. With $1 million in his campaign coffers from an aborted 2009 comptroller run, Mr. Carrión was once seen as a viable Democrat to be mayor or public advocate. Instead, he switched his registration to independent and tried to run as a Republican, blowing his cash and probably his political career. * Independence Party fizzles at NYc polls(NYDN) Adolfo Carrion - The (less than) one percent. That’s where the  former Bronx Borough President ended up on Tuesday along with a handful of other candidates. Carrion’s journey from dropping out of the Democratic primary, flirting with Republicans, and ultimately landing the Independence Party line ended with him netting a paltry 8,202 votes. But, hey, he hasn’t ruled out another run in 2017. He can only go up from here.

Voters send 21 new members to City Council(NYDN
Assemblyman Micah Kellner lost again to NYC Councilman-elect Ben Kallos, and now must defend his Albany seat as he fights sexual harassment allegations.
ICYINI: Mazel Tov! Decades-old Affront to the Orthodox Community Corrected by the 48th District Voters
Eric Ulrich rides out Democratic wave (Queens Chroncle)

Other CityWide Winners
Scott Stringer, Letitia James win citywide offices(NYDN)

never thought i'd say this: scott stringer is the most conservative major elected official in nyc
DE BLASIO’S COALITION — News’ Juan Gonzalez: “Letitia James, our new public advocate, is even more to the left politically than de Blasio. Controller-elect Scott Stringer instantly becomes the most conservative citywide office holder, and Stringer’s an old-fashioned clubhouse liberal.
"…Of 21 new Council members elected this week, more than half were backed by the Working Families Party…A Mayor de Blasio, in other words, won’t face the kind of legislative gridlock that has dogged President Obama in Congress.”
NEW CITY COMPTROLLER — Stringer Picks Up John Liu’s Work — Capital’s Dan Goldberg: “Asked whether he would make good on his pledge to audit the NYPD's intelligence division, Stringer said he would work with outgoing comptroller John Liu on any ongoing audits but declined to specify a timeline saying only he needed to see where things were in the pipeline.”
Scott Stringer Claims an Expected Victory in the Comptroller’s Race(NYO)
Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James will replace de Blasio in the NYC public advocate’s office. She’s the first black woman to get elected to a citywide post.
LANDSLIDE STRINGER — More votes than de Blasio — DNAinfo’s Colby Hamilton: “According to one of a number of post-election analyses from the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center, voters gave Stringer substantially higher shares of their votes overall, with voters in areas of Staten Island, South Brooklyn, the Upper East Side and Riverdale leading the way. While de Blasio garnered 752,604 total votes on Election Day, Stringer topped that with 782,704 votes overall.” * Burnett’s comptroller campaign offers valuable insights(NYP)

Dicker NY Winners and Losers 2013
Winners and losers of New York politics for 2013(NYP)

Biggest Loser Average state residents

State government ends the year with virtually nothing accomplished

Biggest Winner the scandal-plagued Legislature didn’t disappoint, with another round of stunning indictments — compliments of one of the year’s biggest winners, US Attorney Preet Bharara, a huge new political star.
2. Bill de Blasio was, of course, a major winner
3. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was another big winner, remaining strongly in control of his powerful position, despite a total of three sex scandals (Michael Boxley 1 & 2 plus Vito Lopez) and the arrest of his chief of staff’s husband in a massive scandal that severely damaged one of the city’s best-known charities.
4. Cuomo, after two strong years as a fiscal moderate and social liberal, emerged as the biggest loser of the year, spending much of 2013 pursuing the “progressive’’ programs he had once forsworn.
Other losers this year include Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who will likely be dumped from the ticket next year.
5. Other losers include Sens. John Sampson and Malcolm Smith, both former Senate majority leaders, and Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, all indicted on federal corruption charges
6. Former Assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Vito Lopez
Albany Pro: Cuomo's winners and losers; de Blasio's Albany opportunity(Capital)
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