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Joe Bruno Makes Obama-Eliot Spitzer Parallel

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MINNEAPOLIS–At the New York GOP delegation’s last breakfast, the former state senate majority leader compared the Democratic nominee to former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace last March after being identified as a client to a high-end prostitution ring.

Bruno, now a registered lobbyist, said Barack Obama’s message hides substance in favor of the image of a magnanimous leader, just like how he said Spitzer won his seat in the governor’s mansion in 2006.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Former Gov. George Pataki’s Back, And He’s ‘Involved’

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New York GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello introducing former Gov. George Pataki before handing him delegate credentials. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

New York GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello introducing former Gov. George Pataki before handing him delegate credentials. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

MINNEAPOLIS–Any spat between New York GOP chair Joseph Mondello and former Gov. George Pataki seems to have been put aside for the sake of party unity, at least temporarily.

Pataki and Mondello have fought for years since Pataki sacked Mondello from his Republican National Committee position to install a loyalist during his final term as governor. Wednesday, however, the two hugged on stage after Mondello introduced him at the New York Delegation’s luncheon, showing no obvious signs of any cold feelings.

Mondello handed Pataki New York delegate credentials “with honor and humility,” and Pataki took the podium by storm, proclaiming, “Let me tell you: I’m back, I’m involved.”

Pataki had spent the last 18 months with a low profile after finishing his third term in the governor’s mansion, but he has spoken to multiple state delegations since the convention opened Monday. On Wednesday, he assailed Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s message of hope and change by saying “It’s change that takes away hope.”

After serving as both a legislator and as governor, Pataki said he learned more in 10 days as governor than he did in 10 years as a legislator, explicitly attacking Obama for what he sees as a lack of experience.

And he said he was “upset” by Obama’s speech to 200,000 supporters in Berlin. “We don’t need a citizen of the world to be president, we need an American hero.”

He answered questions from the news media after his stump speech:

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September 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Rudy Giuliani Slams Democratic Ticket At New York Delegation Lunch

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attacked the Democratic presidential ticket as the most liberal and inexperienced in the last 100 years. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attacked the Democratic presidential ticket as the most liberal and inexperienced in the last 100 years. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

MINNEAPOLIS–Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani used sharp words to attack the Democratic the presidential ticket at a luncheon held by the New York Republican Delegation.

He confused the name of the Illinois Legislature, where Barack Obama served as a state senator, with that of the “Chicago legislature” multiple times, resigning himself at last to calling it the “Chicago machine, that’s it.”

Giuliani mocked Obama’s time as a community organizer. “What do they do?” he said. “I’m trying to figure it out.”

He also chided Biden’s verbosity. “Joe has a great amount of experience talking, and talking and talking.”

After describing Sarah Palin’s experience as mayor of Wasilla, he said something Obama used once to great criticism at a fundraiser: “They’re probably part of that group of people that clings to religion and guns,” he said.”

“They’re part of that group that doesn’t count: small-town America. Oh, gee. I guess you don’t study that at Harvard,” he said.

He left without taking any questions from the press.

Full speech here:

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September 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Interview: Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, On Taxes, Palin And Sexism

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MINNEAPOLIS–In an exclusive interview with The Chronicle, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray compared governing a town with a population larger than some states, including Alaska, the state of John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin.

Murray believes the media coverage of Palin shows a “double standard,” comparable to that of how she said Hillary Clinton was treated. And she said property taxes in Hempstead are reaching a breaking point.

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–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm

VIDEO: Meet New York’s Youngest Republican Delegate

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MINNEAPOLIS–The Chronicle caught up with Spencer Grace, New York’s youngest Republican delegate, at the age of 18. He hails from Syracuse, N.Y., and has spent his time “going to dinner” with the older delegates:

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–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 3, 2008 at 12:54 pm

New York GOP Chair Joe Mondello: Learn What ‘Middle America’ Is All About

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–At the first breakfast for the New York Republican Delegation, state party chair Joe Mondello told delegates to go out and learn from Minnesotans instead of being depressed about what Hurricane Gustav has done to their convention.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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September 1, 2008 at 10:22 am

Clinton: ‘I Don’t Approve That Message’

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Hillary Clinton surrounded by the leaders of the New York Democratic Delegation after speaking to them, emphasizing party unity. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Hillary Clinton surrounded by the leaders of the New York Democratic Delegation after speaking to them, emphasizing party unity. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–At her breakfast appearance in front of the New York Democratic Delegation, Hillary Clinton both lauded Barack Obama and attacked John McCain.

She heaped praise on Obama, emphasizing the need for the party to unify behind him and to “work as hard for Barack and Joe Biden as you worked for me.”

Though “we were not all on one side,” she said referring to the 16-month primary battle, “we are now.”

Later on, at a press conference she held in a nearby room in the Sheraton hotel, she addressed a lingering narrative that the convention is not focused on party unity and instead is on placating Clinton supporters.

“There is no doubt in anyone’s mind – this is Barack Obama’s convention, as it should be,” she said.

Clinton also used the speech to berate McCain for using footage of her attacking Obama during the primary season as the reason for her not being chosen – or even vetted – for vice president.

“I’m Hillary Clinton – and I do NOT approve that message!” she said, to loud applause from the delegation.

Update 12:03 p.m. MDT: Clinton issued the following statement regarding the McCain attacks:

Hillary Clinton delivered the following statement at the New York State delegation breakfast this morning in Denver, Colo.

“Every one of us could stand up and recite all the reasons why we must elect Barack. The Supreme Court is at stake; our educational system needs the right kind of change. We’ve got to become energy independent; we have to create millions of new green collar jobs. We’ve got so much work to do around the world.

“None of that will happen if John McCain is in the White House. I just want to make it absolutely clear we cannot afford four more years of George W. Bush’s failed policies in America and that’s what we would get with John McCain.

“Now I understand that the McCain campaign is running ads trying to divide us and let me state what I think about their tactics and these ads: I am Hillary Clinton and I do not approve that message.

“So let there be the no mistake about it, we are united. We are united for change.”

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August 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm