The Weekend That Was (So Far)
Hello from sunny Charlotte, NC! It’s hot here, but not unbearably so the way it was in Tampa. Point, DNC. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of rain in the forecast.
We’re getting settled in, and will be ramping up Part II of our convention coverage soon. In the meantime, here are some headlines for your perusal…
President Clinton could very well upstage President Obama at the convention, and reportedly won’t share advance copies of his speech with the White House.
Obama remains a “huge” fan of Clint Eastwood.
Why Paul Ryan’s marathon lie (or mistake, depending on how you view it) matters.
Obama advisor David Plouffe said the Romney campaign is “built on a tripod of lies.”
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a key Obama surrogate, off message.
The “single most influential person” in the Obama White House, Valerie Jarrett.
Rep. Steve Israel’s father, Howard, has passed away.
Many Democratic consultants agree Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s low profile at the convention is a smart strategy.
Frank Bruni notes one group that was glaringly omitted from the GOP’s big tent in Tampa: Gays.
The most re-tweeted Tweet of the GOP convention was sent by Obama.
AG Eric Schneiderman is investigating whether some of the nation’s biggest private equity firms – including Bain Capital – have abused a tax strategy in order to slice hundreds of millions of dollars from their tax bills.
The Post dubs the Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal “Gropegate.” (We here at CapTon prefer “Gropezgate”).
Lopez has a Republican opponent, who isn’t likely to make much headway against him.
The Kingston Freeman says it is “a type of poetic justice” that Silver’s “taste for opacity…has landed him in hot water.”
Assemblyman/state Democratic Party Co-Chair Keith Wright didn’t have much to say about Gropezgate, but is in Silver’s corner (at least nominally).
Albany has barely made headway in the transparency department.
Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. accused the NYPD of being overly aggressive with the arrest of his daughter because of her family’s politics.
Rep. Charlie Rangel is lobbying heavily for his ally and former campaign manager, Moises Perez, to be returned to the helm of the shuttered nonprofit Alianza Dominicana.
The indoor tanning industry is fighting back against tan bans.
Bob McCarthy praises “old lion” former US Sen. Alfonse D’Amato for urging his fellow Republicans to reach out to Latinos.
Queens BP Helen Marshall is reportedly spending more time out of the office than in it.
The White House finally released its home brew recipe.
Orange bowling on the Romney campaign plane.
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