Question #1, Term Limits, is Mike Bloomberg's payback to fellow billionaire Ron Lauder who agreed not to oppose the mayor's 2008 coup to give himself a third term in return for Bloomberg's pledge to roll them back to two terms this year. The original deal also included a seat for Lauder on this year's Charter Revision Commission -- a promise that was cited high up in Lauder's own press release two years ago. But the two billionaires decided that wasn't such a good idea after several good government groups and critics pointed out it was probably illegal.
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Today, the Post gives a rare tip of the Murdoch hat to Sir Rupert's much-loathed rival, the Times, for its story yesterday about how Paladino allegedly short-changed his own aunt, handing her home over to his mistress at a below-market price. The Post popped Paladino yesterday about the story and got a "no comment," which was enough of a news peg to recycle the piece in today's paper.
Meanwhile, the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal for some reason paid a pollster a fair amount of money to ask New York City residents about their preferences in the race for governor. The unsurprising results are that the Tea Party champion from Buffalo barely registers in Gotham, with Andrew "Muscle Car" Cuomo swamping him to the tune of 73 percent to 12 percent.
The scary part will come next year when Murdoch presents the bill for this glorious coverage to the next governor. And you know it's going to be a fat one.
But the city's smallest borough has clearly had a bumper crop of a different kind of problem -- home foreclosures. And in most urban areas, foreclosures have been accompanied by predatory lending and mortgage fraud. But, Donovan, DA since 2004, appears to have been missing in action on that front as well.
At first you wondered if Jimmy McMillan, with his magnificent Chester A. Arthur muttonchops and Colonel Sanders goatee, was wearing black gloves as a kind of homage to the departed Gloved One, Michael Jackson. But post-debate, the ex-mail man candidate of the Rent is Too Damn High Party explained that a psychological malady incurred from Agent Orange while he served in Vietnam made them a necessary part of his wardrobe. Which explains it.