When asked about the Abramoff-related taint surrounding Ralph Reed and how that factored into Giuliani's decision to headline the event, Mindel told ABC News, "He's doing a fundraiser. And he's comfortable doing the fundraiser."
The New York Times reports the unusual pairing of Giuliani campaigning for Sen. Rick Santorum yesterday was made less awkward by the fact that "the two largely shied away from hot-button cultural issues" on which they disagree. LINK
While campaigning for Santorum, the New York Post reports Giuliani took "a few swipes" at Sen. Hillary Clinton. LINK
"The State Ethics Commission has tightened its rules on political activity by public officials, barring them from writing stump speeches, answering campaign questions, or holding news conferences on political topics inside the State House or other state office buildings," reports the Boston Globe. LINK
More: "The Democratic party and state Representative James J. Marzilli Jr., an Arlington Democrat, accused Romney of violating the conflict law when he appeared outside his State House office in July 2004, flanked by the state flag and several aides, and criticized John Kerry's choice of John Edwards as his running mate."
Sen. Hillary Clinton is set to accept the endorsement of the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association in Brooklyn today. The New York Daily News Notes the dual significance of the move: "the endorsements underscore her support among those affected most by the terrorist attacks"; and are "especially significant because it shows that a union that supported President Bush for reelection also backs Clinton." LINK
"Mayor Bloomberg's gal pal, Diana Taylor, was a surprise guest yesterday at a chic Manhattan fund- raiser for former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner," writes the New York Post's Tom Topousis of the "21" gathering. LINK
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) launched an Internet ad from the Progressive Patriots Fund last evening while in Texas called "W." The ad focuses on the President's warrantless domestic wiretapping program and intimates that President Bush is acting more like "King George." www.progressivepatriotsfund.com/W">LINK
From the folks at Feingold's Progressive Patriots Fund: "The 'W' ad was created by the Milwaukee agency Eichenbaum/Associates. Feingold has used Steve Eichenbaum's agency for all of his television ads since he first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1992. 'W' was directed by Milwaukee native Peter Bonerz. Mr. Bonerz has a distinguished career in both acting and directing. He played Dr. Jerry Robinson on 'The Bob Newhart Show' and directed such television shows as 'Murphy Brown' and 'Friends.'
Does this help Mitt Romney's and John Kerry's presidential aspirations? "Aldermen voted last night to rename the city's airport Manchester-Boston Regional Airport," reports the New Hampshire Union Leader. LINK
2006: New Orleans:
"Rev. Jesse Jackson launched a get-out-the-vote campaign" yesterday arguing that "the shame of this state and country will be broadcast loud and clear if evacuees spread across the nation aren't included in the voting process," writes Trymaine Lee of the Times-Picayune. LINK
Brian Thevenot and Gordon Russell of the Times Picayune write on the next-to-last televised mayoral debate, where things started to really heat up. LINK