Whos the most popular guy in town these days?
Regis Philbin, host of the "Millionaire" show? No.
Joe Torre, the calm Yankee leader whos poised for a three-peat? Guess again.
The answer is photographer Barry Brown of Flushing, Queens.
Well, the newshound shutter-bug is the only man
"Everybody wants this photo," Brown told us late last week. "Even Hillarys campaign people keep on calling asking if Ill sell it to them."
Sounds like well be seeing a lot of this photo between now and November, even though the Mayor has since distanced himself from the controversial Austrian nationalist.
Deja Vu Again
The communications world is changing so fast, stone tablets may soon be reappearing.
In 1998, the Jesse Ventura gubernatorial campaign made breakthrough use of the internet in organizing support and fundraising. Last year it got more notice with JesseNet, an e-mail network designed to mobilize Ventura sympathizers to lobby legislators out in the heartland of Minnesota on a variety of issues. (Rebates on snowplows?)
But recently, JesseNet sent out this: "The Legislature is flooded with e-mails everyday. Phone calls are more effective than e-mails in getting your message across. Hard copy letters via snail mail are even more effective. At a minimum, send an e-mail. To really get your voice heard, call and write as well."
May we add smoke signals?
Team Rudy Paranoia?
The real race hasnt even begun, but based on the early signs its going to get real ugly between Rudy and Hillary. And the little guy is starting to feel it.
NYConfidential has learned that Team Rudy is so sure that Team Hillary is going to try to plant some spies within the campaign operation that no one is above suspicion. One GOP insider told us late last week that a long-time Republican supporter tried to join Rudys cause as a volunteer and was told to set up an interview and bring a resume.
Our source a bonafide Rudy loyalist was stunned by this level of scrutiny because he said that in the past, volunteering was as simple as showing up to GOP headquarters and signing up.
Remember the old saying: "Even paranoids have enemies, too."
Green With Glee
Who is the local elected leader with the big Chesire cat grin that seems to be getting bigger and bigger each week?
Its none other than Public Advocate Mark Green who is sitting in the catbird seat waiting for the results of the Rudy-Hillary heavyweight battle so he knows what hes going to do for the rest of his career.
Last week, Green got two bits of good news first, two local polls show that the Mayor still maintains his slim lead over the First Lady in the battle to replace Pat Moynihan. Rudys success would mean that Green goes to the head of the class and leapfrogs past all those pesky competitors like Alan Hevesi and Peter Vallone.
Then, his prime rival in 2001, Comptroller Hevesi, starts battling publicly with Rudy over future budgets, thus undercutting the argument that Rudy and Alan have a secret backroom deal to stay on good terms so Hevesi eventually moves up to City Hall.
Hevesi critiqued the Mayors budget which provoked a nasty little exchange. "...for the long term its a very, very problematic budget. It presents huge numbers of serious problems," said Hevesi in published reports last week.
The Mayor, never one to let criticism mild or otherwise go by without a counterattack, unleashed this fusilage: "[Hevesi] hasnt been right on the budget in six or seven years. Weve accomplished a turnaround in the economy of the city and I would suspect that the comptroller, not having been part of that, is probably a little jealous."
And all the while, a hopeful future Mayor Green looks on and smiles.
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