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Donovan Running for Attorney General–With Wilson Pakula Purchaser Bloomberg’s Endorsement

May 16, 2010

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.

  1. End The Madness permalink
    May 16, 2010 5:43 pm

    Plllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese write about this. The Arizona bill. Did you read it?

    • John Galt permalink*
      May 17, 2010 5:40 pm

      Midas Mulligan wrote a piece in which he said: “Now, let’s be clear: the fact is the federal government has every right and should, under the constitution, protect and defend our borders. A core libertarian tenet of government (one of the few absolutely necessary acts of a federal government) is securing our homeland.”

      This is the link:

      However, he expressed serious concerns that the law could lead to a police state if enforced, given its broad language.

      We are discussing the issue and, as the issue develops more, we will cover it more extensively. But it is an issue that even Republicans are divided on:

  2. Young Republican permalink
    May 17, 2010 12:01 am

    We should take advantages of opportunities like this one when they arise. Michael Bloomberg has a lot of money and a lot of political power. Whatever you think of Bloomberg, if that could be use to stop Schneiderman or what have you from becoming AG, then I’m in.

    • John Galt permalink*
      May 17, 2010 5:31 pm

      I disagree. Any time the Mayor gets involved in Republican politics, the venture is almost always unsuccessful. If Donovan is going to survive the race and go on to win, he needs the Mayor’s money only to be an added benefit, not the difference between victory and defeat. We’ve seen how even the Mayor himself can fail when the political will of the people is not there (look at how he lost Brooklyn in the controversial 2009 elections). Sometimes all the money of the world doesn’t always work, and I think we’ve even seen that it can hurt when it comes from the wrong person.

      I can appreciate political pragmatism, but I disagree that Bloomberg’s support is necessarily pragmatic.

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