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The wider scope: 'Moonbeam', Morris and Murdoch

While New York media makes much of Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo's status as first-ever son of a predecessor elected to the job, consider 72-year-old Jerry Brown in California. Not only did he, the son of prior California Gov. Pat Brown, become the youngest man elected to the post in 1974, he also on Tuesday became the oldest man elected to the post.

Brown once was the leftiest Democratic primary candidate in the field -- but this happened anyway in a tea-party year when he was running against record-spending e-Bay entrepreneur and Republican Meg Whitman, a native of Cold Spring Harbor. Despite local rending of garments and gnashing of teeth by a few of LI's Republican and conservative activists, this gives some support to NYS GOP chair Ed Cox's argument that the 'blue' states had a dike around them. Dr. Moss has a take of his own on the east-west power parallel.

 Another loose end gets wrapped up, one way or another, in the long investigation by Cuomo's AG office of the pension pay-to-play scene. Hank Morris, long known as the re-convicted ex-comptroller Alan Hevesi's Svengali, reached a plea deal with prosecutors that is pending review by a judge. "Still unsettled" says the NYT, is the situation involving Steve Rattner, the Quandrangle financier and former Obama car czar who paid Morris more than $1.1 million.

Also of interest: Former TV reviewer around these parts Marvin Kitman does this piece in Harper's which not only reminds us that News Corp./Fox magnate Rupert Murdoch was once a Marxist at Oxford but, once a billionaire, he encountered problems with the rules surrounding foreign ownership of broadcast outlets in the U.S.. An interesting read on an interesting topic.

 

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