The Scan - July 18, 2013

A day after averting the nuclear option, the Senate moved forward with executive nominations; and the GOP-controlled House on Wednesday voted in separate tallies to delay both the individual and employer mandates of the Affordable Care Act.
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AG An­drew Cuomo (D) “an­nounced that he has se­lec­ted” Rochester May­or Robert Duffy (D) “to be his run­ning­mate.” Duffy “missed a key event” 5/25 and “what ap­pears to be his car has bee parked in a city space at the Rochester air­port since” 5/25.

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Mon­roe Co. Dem Chair/As­semb. Joseph Mo­relle (D): “Bob Duffy’s ex­traordin­ary com­mit­ment, un­der­stand­ing and proven re­cord as May­or of Rochester will be of great ser­vice to An­drew Cuomo and his vis­ion­ary plan for change” (Ter­reri, Rochester Demo­crat and Chron­icle, 5/26).

Cuomo planned to “form­ally an­nounced” Duffy in Man­hat­tan 5/26 (NY1, 5/26). Cap­it­al To­night’s Ben­jamin writes that a source she spoke with “in the Rochester area” called Duffy “‘squeaky clean.’ He has been locked in a loc­al battle of late over try­ing to take con­trol of the pub­lic school sys­tem” but “oth­er than that, there’s been no huge con­tro­versy” in his ad­min (“State of Polit­ics”, 5/26).

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The NY In­de­pend­ence ex­ec. cmte “en­dorsed’ Cuomo 5/25. Cuomo: “This cam­paign is all about chan­ging Al­bany. We need to try a dif­fer­ent way … the dif­fer­ent way for me is to build sup­port among the people of New York.” NY In­de­pend­ence Chair Frank MacK­ay: “The ex­ec­ut­ive com­mit­tee is over­whelm­ingly sup­port­ing, un­an­im­ously sup­port­ing, At­tor­ney An­drew Cuomo for the next gov­ernor of New York. We think he is the in­de­pend­ent voice that will take New york out of this cur­rent crisis. His re­form agenda is out­stand­ing” (Pasko, Troy Re­cord, 5/26).

Cuomo “sees no prob­lems ac­cept­ing the back­ing” of the party “des­pite the fact that the party activ­it­ies are be­ing probed” by Man­hat­tan DA Cyr­us Vance, Jr. Vance is in­vest­ig­at­ing a “mys­ter­i­ous” $750K “cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions” made by NYC May­or Mike Bloomberg (I) to the party “that would up in the hands of GOP con­sult­ant John Hag­gerty.”

Cuomo: “I don’t be­lieve there is an in­vest­ig­a­tion of the In­de­pend­ence Party. I be­lieve there’s an in­vest­ig­a­tion of an in­di­vidu­al. I don’t be­lieve there’s an in­vest­ig­a­tion of the In­de­pend­ence Party. … That in­vest­ig­a­tion, to the best I have read in the news­pa­pers, that in­vest­ig­a­tion did not in­volve or sug­gest wrong­do­ing by the In­de­pend­ence Party as an en­tity. It was fo­cus­ing on an in­di­vidu­al and we’ll see what hap­pens with that in­vest­ig­a­tion” (Blain, “The Daily Polit­ics”, New York Daily News, 5/25).

Cuomo, “when asked dir­ectly if the en­dorse­ment posed any con­flicts”: “Not today” (Blaine/Salton­stall, New York Daily News, 5/26).

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