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Martins vs. Heastie
Jack Martins is running hard for Nassau County executive against both a New York City Democrat who presides in Albany, and the Nassau Republican who runs the county.
On Monday, his campaign staff continued to hammer his Democratic opponent in November’s race, Legis. Laura Curran, over “links” to New York City, which apparently is reprising its political role as the big bad wolf ready to attack suburban innocents.
The latest news release from Martins, a Republican, highlights the most ferocious Democrat in the pack, Mayor Bill de Blasio. The connection? Curran is using the same political advisers as the mayor did, and some of the principals in those firms were connected to the mayor’s alleged pay-to-play controversies.
It’s another example of Curran’s “desire to work with NYC extremists.” The release went on to remind people that this is the very same candidate who allowed “radical, anti-Long Island politician Carl Heastie to bring his politics to Nassau County.”
This is pretty standard stuff for Nassau Republicans, who have been dog-whistling “sixth borough” for decades.
What’s less standard is Martins’ continually aggressive rejection of GOP County Executive Edward Mangano, who faces a federal corruption indictment. Last week, Martins refused a budget briefing from the lame-duck county executive and took a whack at Mangano, saying, “I was the first person to call for his resignation, and this budget is an unfortunate byproduct of his staying on.”
It’s not a surprising tactic. Polling shows that the GOP is underwater because of the indictments against Mangano and former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, and the corruption conviction of former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
The question is simply whether Martins can succeed in marrying Curran to New York City Democrats in voters’ minds, and whether he can succeed in divorcing himself from Nassau County Republicans, too.
Suffolk County Democratic Party chair Rich Schaffer is not only working the levers for the big local races this season, he’s also running for re-election as Babylon Town supervisor. That’s a race he won with 73 percent of the vote, on four lines, last time around.
Still, Schaffer’s not one to leave anything to chance as he spends Monday monitoring the counting of write-in votes from the Conservative Party’s Sept. 12 primary. Instead of Schaffer just having the designation of his good friends outright, this time there was an “opportunity to ballot” because the party might have chosen not to file its nominating petitions on time.
And to utterly no one’s surprise, at midday with about half of the write-ins counted, Schaffer was leading his Republican opponent, Dan Martin, 80 to 16.
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Catching you up
- Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says President Donald Trump was attempting to “unify” the country with his verbal and Twitter attacks on NFL protesters, thereby choosing loyalty to the president over showing he has a grasp on reality.
- President Donald Trump made deals with Sen. Chuck Schumer on the debt ceiling, government funding and Dreamers. Then he criticized Sen. John McCain for being duped by Schumer into saying he would vote against the latest GOP health care bill. Someone has two faces.
- The best part of Angela Merkel winning a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor? More deliciously uncomfortable photos of her and President Donald Trump.
- The backlash to the backlash to the discrimination and harassment of women in Silicon Valley is here — a group of male tech workers is arguing for male separatism. So isolating men is a way to improve their treatment of women?
- Do you like parallels? First came Brexit in Britain, then Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States. Now Britain’s Conservative Party is fracturing as it tries to negotiate the actual Brexit deal, and Republicans in the United States are fracturing over health care. And left-wing Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is ascendant and viewed by some in Britain as the prime minister in waiting. And in the United States?
- Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, former chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, says same-sex marriage could lead to marriage between a person and a horse or cow. He did it! He finally figured out the end game that same-sex marriage supporters have kept secret all these years.
- Did I miss a presidential tweet on the church shooting in Tennessee? Oh, right, it hasn’t been tied to radical Islamic terrorism.
- House Foreign Affairs chairman Ed Joyce defended the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017 as a way to “break down barriers to truth in North Korea.” OK, but can he do something about the United States, too?
- So now three protest candidates and a Democrat are running against GOP Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joe Saladino. All that protesting may pretty much guarantee the re-election of Saladino.
Over Cuomo’s shoulder
No matter the venue or reason for the appearance, no visit by Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to Long Island is complete nowadays without the presence of current Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joe Saladino and a shout-out to the former Republican assemblyman.
The lovefest continued Sunday when Cuomo came to Massapequa for the Columbus Lodge No. 2143 Feast and Festival and praised Saladino, a fellow paisan, in his remarks.
Nor was Saladino ever more than a few steps away. Cuomo’s office released a string of photos of the event on his Flickr account. Of the 22 frames that feature the governor and in which the background is visible, Saladino is in 14. Some are full-body shots, some are just part of his head or his shoulder.
The umbilical cord is not visible in any of them.