The New York State Democratic Convention began in earnest this morning -- and the only news of import being the presumptive gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Cuomo, tapping Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy as his choice for Lt. Goverrnor.
Reporter extraordinaire, Liz Benjamin, on her superb State of Politics Blog, reports:
AG Andrew Cuomo will announce today that he has selected Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy as his preferred LG running mate, according to a press release from the Cuomo campaign.
The announcement will come at 11 a.m. at the Sheraton in Manhattan.
Duffy is a former police chief and, according to sources I spoke with in the Rochester area, is "squeaky clean." [...]
There are other candidates vying for the Lt. Governor slot (why?) with the most intriguing being Bill Samuels, the son of the late Howard Samuels, who was a fixture on the New York political and governmental scene in the 1970s. Bill Samuels has vowed to stay in the Lt. Governor race and petition is way onto the ballot. More on Samuels can be found here: samuelsforlieutenantgovernor.com
The race for Attorney General looks to be a 5-way primary among: Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice: www.kathleenrice.com; former prosecutor and Insurance Commissioner Eric Dinallo: www.ericdinallo.com; former prosecutor Sean Coffey: www.coffey2010.com; State Senator Eric Schneiderman: www.ericschneiderman.com; and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky: www.Richardbrodsky.com.
Andrew Cuomo reportedly favors Kathleen Rice, but it's looking like the convention will not play favorites, which paves the way for a five-way primary in September.
The race for State Comptroller will be uncontested, with the unelected incumbent, Tom DiNapoli, being unopposed (but he will face a spirited GOP opponent, Harry Wilson, in the November general election).
Also slated to be nominated without substantive opposition will be the two US Senate incumbents, Chuck Schumer, and the unelected incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand (for the remaining 2-year term left over by Hillary Clinton's departure to become Secretary of State). Both Schumer and Gillibrand have Democratic opponents, but the convention won't give any of their opposition ballot lines for a primary.
For the best continuous reporting on the convention you can see frequent updates from Liz Benjamin on her blog at: capitaltonight.com/stateofpolitics/. Also follow the Albany Times Union's Jimmy Vielkind at: blog.timesunion.com/capitol/; and the NY Daily News' Celeste Katz at: nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/
You can also follow twitter feeds at #NYDemCon.