- NYC mayor: Victim in political operative's trial?
(Associated Press, Wall Street Journal) While the party isn't charged,
prosecutors have said in a lawsuit that the party knew or should have
known about Haggerty's alleged scam. The lawsuit seeks to force the
party and Haggerty to forfeit the money he allegedly stole; for now, the
suit has prompted a civil court judge to freeze one of the party's
accounts last winter.
- Setback in Bloomberg Case (By
MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL, Wall Street Journal) Mayor Michael Bloomberg knew
he wouldn't control the spending of more than $1 million he gave the New
York State Independence Party for the 2009 election, a defense attorney
for a political operative accused of stealing the mayor's money argued
Monday. State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel dealt Manhattan
prosecutors a setback by denying their motion to bar the defense from
making that argument at the trial of the operative, John Haggerty.
- Bloomberg recovers in Quinnipiac poll (By ALEXANDER BURNS, Politico) Incidentally, the path for Bloomberg — or any wealthy, moderate independent — to run for president has always involved President Obama tanking and the Republicans nominating someone with drastically limited appeal. So the conditions for a serious third-party run haven't faded, even if the prospect of finding a viable candidate has.
- Is Independence Party’s influence waning? (By ELIZABETH COOPER, Utica Observer-Dispatch) The Independence Party has taken a tumble from the coveted third line — directly below the Democratic and Republican parties — down to the fifth line.