Rick Lazio is clearly trying to send a message with the theme music for his Senate campaign, reports our sister paper, The Hill.
The Long Island Republican signaled that hes a political centrist as the loudspeakers on his "Mainstream Express" campaign bus blared the John Fogarty tune "Centerfield" during a stop in Syracuse recently.
Then, in an apparent effort to capitalize on his youthful good looks, and perhaps pick up the womens vote, Lazio plunged into a crowd in Corning (no, he didnt cut his lip this time) as the loudspeakers blasted out the 1970s hit song by Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing."
"Were just trying to use some high-energy music to get the crowds pumped," Lazios aide Dan McLagan told The Daily News before pointing out that the songs opening line is, "Do you believe in miracles?"
Lazio may have dropped a musical hint that he misses the job he now wants to trade for a Senate seat. At another rally last week, his campaign theme song was "Our House," by Madness.
Maybe Lazios Democratic opponent, First Lady Hillary Clinton, will play "I Left My Heart in Syracuse" at her next campaign stop.
The Coup Fallout
Now that the dust has settled on the Albany Coup and The Rudy Chronicles, the rumors are flying.
One political insider told NYConfidential
Heres how it would have worked: Queens Dem County head Tom Manton, a Vallone ally, was trying to line up Comptroller Carl McCalls support to have Alan Hevesi succeed him at State Comptroller when McCall makes his run for the Governors mansion in 2002.
With Hevesi out of the Mayoral sweepstakes, the way would be cleared for Vallone to put together a three-borough ticket with Fernando Ferrer for Comptroller and an African-American Council-member from B'klyn (Una Clarke?) for Public Advocate.
But, alas, like many well-planned paths, this one went awry as Silver beat back the Manton-engineered coup by Mike Bragman. Now the Queens delegation in the Assembly and Bragman are left to lick their wounds.
And Vallone is no closer to City Hall than he was before.
He's A Pepper
One name that emerged in the news of late as a political
player is billionaire financier and philanthropist Theodore J. Forstman. The former
leveraged buyout king, who made his fortune on LBOs of companies like Dr. Pepper and
Gulfstream Aerospace, was mentioned briefly as a GOP alternative to Rudy in the Senate
race before he declared that he was not interested in running. Then he made news with an
announcement of a multi-million dollar scholarship program for underprivileged children
who want to attend private and parochial schools. One little known fact about Forstman is
that hes also involved in publishing hes an investor and advisor to the
glossy monthly magazine for twenty-somethings, Manhattan File.
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