Donovan Running for Attorney General–With Wilson Pakula Purchaser Bloomberg’s Endorsement
When Bloomberg endorses Republicans, my first question always is: has money changed hands?
Even if I am unable to arrive at a satisfactory answer to that question, I dismiss the entire inquiry as irrelevant anyway, given Mayor Bloomberg’s utter failure at doing anything to benefit Republicans in our city and state. It seems like those who seek his support–like City Council candidate Bob Capano–find only failure in the wake of a Bloomberg photo op.
Those that have succeeded, in my opinion, have done so not because of the Mayor’s help but because the fundamentals of politics, whether clear or unclear, benefited them in the first place.
Dan Donovan could be part of that class. Then again, it’s totally up in the air at this point.
Today, he announced he is running for New York State Attorney General, presumably to replace the mild-mannered Andrew Cuomo, who continues to refuse the media a candidacy announcement.
SILive had this story (partially reprinted here):
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – It’s official: GOP District Attorney Daniel Donovan is a candidate for attorney general.
“New Yorkers need someone to stand up and say: Enough with the cheating, enough with the collusion, enough with the corruption. Enough,” Donovan said outside Manhattan Supreme Court, where he toiled while working for D.A. Robert Morgenthau early in his career.
Donovan, who eyed a run for AG in 2006, also held an announcement event outside Staten Island Supreme Court in St. George.
Donovan was first elected D.A. in 2003, and won re-election in 2007…
State Sen. Eric Schneiderman and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky are among those running for attorney general on the Democratic side.
Over at The Daily News, Celeste Katz had this piece on Bloomberg’s involvement:
Republican Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan will kick off his campaign for state attorney general Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at 60 Centre St. with guest star Mayor Bloomberg.
The mayor’s endorsement comes as no surprise.
He’s said recently that he plans to largely stay out of statewide races this year, but did single out Donovan, “who you may remember endorsed me and campaigned for me very hard back for three races. It would be a little bit strange to number one not support someone who’s done a very good job on Staten Island — he really has, you look at his statistics — and number two, someone who campaigned for me. Loyalty is worth an awful lot in my book, and I would — if Dan Donovan does run, I will certainly support him.”
Well, the Mayor’s opinion notwithstanding, we here at Atlas will continue to monitor this race as it gets interesting in the coming months.