Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) released his second TV ad, which focuses on his opposition to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. The spot calls de Blasio “the only candidate to end a stop and frisk era that targets minorities.” (New York Times)
WEINER THE UNDERDOG: During a campaign stop in the Bronx on Monday, Weiner “had more campaign staffers with him than reporters. Just three stood by as the onetime frontrunner” shook hands with commuters. “Three months ago, at his first campaign event outside a subway entrance in Harlem, the crowd of reporters grew so thick that two police officers were forced to step in.”
But Weiner “says he prefers the dearth of reporters to a surfeit.” Weiner: “You might be surprised to hear this, but I actually like it better this way. … Just get me to a place where I can talk about issues and give citizens an opportunity to come up and say hello.”
Despite his flagging poll numbers, Weiner remains confident: “It’s inconceivable to me that this won’t be successful.” (BuzzFeed)
QUINN CAMP REMINDS VOTERS OF POTENTIAL TO MAKE HISTORY: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s wife, Kim Catullo, is beginning her public role with the campaign this week, “appearing at subway stops, senior centers and campaign events. It is the 15 minutes of fame the corporate lawyer would have preferred to skip, but with Quinn in a tight race for the mayoral nomination, she is ready to do what’s needed.” (New York Daily News)
Meanwhile, New York Times‘ Frank Bruni’s Tuesday writes that Quinn’s candidacy has extra significance for strategist Josh Isay, whose late father was gay and became a “prominent gay-rights advocate” late in life.
Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah explains: “The stories help remind voters about the barrier-breaking nature of her candidacy, which has gotten lost at times in this season, in no small part because the Quinn campaign hasn’t sought to emphasize it, choosing instead to create a competence gap between her and the other candidates by running on her record as speaker. That strategy survived the rise and fall of Carlos Danger, but appears to be giving way a bit to accommodate the strength of the two Bills, who now threaten to block the only woman in the field from even making a runoff.”
DE BLASIO FAN ATTACKS QUINN BACKERS: During a Quinn rally Monday, de Blasio supporter George Capsis, “the publisher of a community newspaper called The WestView New,” slapped a Quinn supporter, state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D), in the face. “When Ms. Quinn’s aides tried to escort Mr. Capsis away, he hit one of her interns, a young man, who began crying.” (New York Times)
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As the Russia investigation heats up, "the role of Marc E. Kasowitz, the president’s longtime New York lawyer, will be significantly reduced. Mr. Trump liked Mr. Kasowitz’s blunt, aggressive style, but he was not a natural fit in the delicate, politically charged criminal investigation. The veteran Washington defense lawyer John Dowd will take the lead in representing Mr. Trump for the Russia inquiry."
President Trump's attorneys are "actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work." They plan to argued that Mueller is going outside the scope of his investigation, in inquiring into Trump's finances. They're also playing small ball, highlighting "donations to Democrats by some of" Mueller's team, and "an allegation that Mueller and Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia had a dispute over membership fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011." Trump is said to be incensed that Mueller may see his tax returns, and has been asking about his power to pardon his family members.
In addition to ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, Robert Mueller's team is also "examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe. FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said. The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort."
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is "is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates", including "Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008."
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