New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) "tried to position the race as a contest between himself and President Trump, who is deeply unpopular in many areas of his home state," but "the primary election became a referendum on Cuomo’s eight years in office, his centrist style of governing and the state’s Democratic establishment.
“Now as Cuomo positions himself for a possible 2020 presidential run, he’ll do so as the head of New York’s sizable Democratic majority in a state that fashions itself as a leader in challenging Trump’s actions to push the country to the right.” (Politico)
AVENATTI. Even if attorney Michael Avenatti (D) “has little chance of winning the nomination, he could still wreck the 2020 Democratic race. In fact he’s already doing it, by using his considerable media skills and political instincts to frame the contest around how far Democrats should go when wielding power, and to pressure his rivals to follow his cue. If we begin measuring candidates on the basis of who has the weakest attachment to the written and unwritten rules which have stabilized American democracy for centuries, the country will be in serious danger.” (Politico)
Meanwhile, in an op-ed in the New York Times, Avenatti argues the case for indicting Trump, saying, “provided there is sufficient evidence to support an indictment of President Trump—and there are many indications that there is—the special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, and prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, who are investigating payments to my client, Stormy Daniels, and Karen McDougal, should present their evidence to grand juries.” (New York Times)
BIDEN. Former Vice President Joe Biden “will return to Boston later this month to headline a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee as the final stretch of the midterm elections gets underway.
“Biden and DNC chairman Tom Perez will appear together at the Sept. 30 event with tickets starting at $5,000 for an individual and topping out at $33,900 for a couple, according to an invitation obtained by the Globe. The location of the fundraiser has not been released.” (Boston Globe)
BLOOMBERG. The Times of London released an article quoting a source who said, “Mike Bloomberg told me he is going to run in 2020. … He has the money to see it through while other candidates knock themselves out.” (Times of London)
KANDER. Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) “ranks as the undisputed front-runner to become Kansas City’s next mayor. He’s got too much name ID and will soon have too much money.
“But the first mayoral forum Wednesday night at the Northland’s Eastgate Middle School demonstrated that the eight other candidates for the office are conceding nothing.” (Kansas City Star)
MCAULIFFE. Former Virginia Gov.Terry McAuliffe (D) is headed to Iowa to added the Campaign for Iowa's first “All Hands on Deck” event on Sept.18. (release)
WARREN. During a recent meeting, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “argued that her economic views— like raising the minimum wage, expanding Social Security and regulating big banks—are ones that most Americans share. She places herself ‘right in the middle of America,’” by holding those views, she said. (New York Times)
WOMEN. “Decades after they fought for a seat at the table inside the Democratic National Committee, black women political leaders say their allegiance to the institution they helped build is now critically imperiled, citing an exasperation with chair Tom Perez and a widely shared feeling that the party’s central arm gives only superficial recognition to the voices that represent its longest-serving stewards and most loyal base of voters.
“From young officials to veteran operatives, black women in the party described the DNC of 2018 as ‘unrecognizable’—less ‘open,’ they said, than in the era that ushered in the Jesse Jackson presidential campaign of 1984, made Ron Brown the first black Democratic chair in 1989, and installed a generation of black women at the highest levels of the party for the first time.
“Now, as the party remakes itself amid an election that could see a wave of victories for candidates of color, those original black leaders say they feel pushed aside.” (BuzzFeed)
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"Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in the 1980s, is reportedly willing to publicly testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next Thursday. Lawyers for Ford told committee staffers during a call Thursday evening to negotiate details of a potential hearing that she wanted Kavanaugh to testify before her and she does not want to be in the same room as him, according to multiple reports."