Jeanine Pirro Archives

November 2, 2006

Suffolk's largest union backs Pirro

Jeanine Pirro, the Republican candidate for state Attorney General, has picked up the endorsement of Suffolk County’s largest union, the Association of Municipal Employees, and nine law enforcement unions throughout Long Island.
“The Committee felt you brought comprehensive ideas to us for consideration and therefore earned the AME’s endorsement,” wrote union president Cheryl A. Felice in a letter. The group represents 8,500 county workers including nurses and civilian and support staff for the Suffolk County Police Department, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office and the Suffolk County Office of Fire, Emergency and Rescue Services (FRES).
AME’s endorsement serves as a counterweight to that of the Civil Service Employees Association Inc., which has backed Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
Pirro also received the endorsement of the Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs PBA. “We’re endorsing Jeanine Pirro for her steadfast commitment to law enforcement and her experience in getting the job done. We are confident that she’s the right person to keep sexual predators off our streets and keep our children safe,” said Michael Sharkey, the union’s president.
The deputy sheriffs’ group was joined by unions representing Suffolk detectives, superior officers Association, corrections and probation officers and the Suffolk County Police Conference, in backing Pirro. She also is supported by the Nassau County Superior Officers Association, the Nassau County Detectives and the Nassau County Sheriffs Association.
Meanwhile upstate, Cuomo added to his hefty list of endorsements with the backing of Council 82 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents prison guards, forest rangers, state park police and other law enforcement in the Albany area.
“Andrew Cuomo has been a champion for law enforcement throughout his career, and it is clear that he is far and away the most qualified for the job,” said union president James Lyman. “We are proud to join the vast majority of law enforcement groups - from Westchester to Buffalo to Albany - lining up to stand with Andrew Cuomo.”

James T. Madore

October 24, 2006

Cuomo and Hevesi

Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the frontrunner in the state attorney general’s race, this afternoon called the ethics commission report on state comptroller Alan Hevesi's inappropriate use of a state worker to drive his wife around “very, very troubling." Cuomo also said of Hevesi, "This is a man who I've known many years and I'm surprised and shocked at his behavior."
Asked how the scandal would affect Hevesi's job performance, Cuomo said, 'I think it severely compromises his position."

James T. Madore

October 16, 2006

Cuomo vs. Pirro: How to tune In

Tuesday’s second and final debate in the race for state attorney general will air on some public broadcasting stations statewide. Locally, it can be heard at 8 p.m. on WNYC/820 AM. The morning debate between Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Jeanine Pirro is being taped at a Rochester TV station.

James T. Madore

Cuomo and Pirro on Suffolk immigration law

The candidates for state attorney general, Andrew Cuomo and Jeanine Pirro, agreed on very little in their televised debate on Sunday – except neither would embrace Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy’s controversial immigrant workers’ law.
The issue was raised in the hour-long exchange by Univision TV anchor Antonio Martinez, and both candidates sought to distance themselves from the Suffolk measure, which requires all county contractors to certify that their employees are eligible to work in the United States. The Suffolk law seeks to strengthen a 20-year-old federal worker verification statute.
Cuomo, a Democrat, said if he were elected, “it is not my priority to enforce the federal immigration laws. Let the federal officials do that.” In recent polls, he leads Pirro, a Republican, by 13 points.
Pirro called for a balance between the country’s “security and economic needs” and a recognition that undocumented workers “are in this country because they want to work.” She also recalled her successful prosecution of the case of a beating death of an undocumented Hispanic man when she was Westchester County district attorney.

James T. Madore

October 4, 2006

The Good-for-Jeanine Theory

There's a little debate going on between Empire Zone and The Daily Politics, for those who like this kind of thing.

Patrick Healy of the Times started it by saying that the Bernie-tapping scandal might help Jeanine by drawing attention to the AG race and giving her a victiim card to play. Ben Smith of the News answered by saying it was ridiculous to argue that a federal investigation helped a candidate for attorney general. Healy answers back, arguing that any change in a hopeless dynamic is a good change.

The view from here: Pirro's pre-scandal campaign wasn't as hopeless as Healy thinks, and hammering endlessly on Cuomo's lack of qualifications could have put her in position to win. So Smith is winning on points. Unless he turns out to be wrong.

This Observer piece on Jeanine under fire, however, is worth a read. She certainly does seem to have taken to the attention scandal brings with relish, and the sheer audacity of her effort to turn a death blow into a weapon is kind of fascinating.

September 27, 2006

Rudy’s Out at Pirro Party

The first casualty of the Pirro-Kerik affair (no pun intended) is the Oct. 13 fundraiser Rudy Giuliani had planned to host for Pirro. The party’s off, according to a source close the former mayor.

Glenn Thrush

August 23, 2006

Still on Stage

Bernie Kerik's business efforts in Guyana, as noted by Newsday reporter Bryan Virasami, continue to keep the former commish in the spotlight after his prosecution and ethical breaches and questions about the implications for his mentor Rudy Giuliani.
And, as law-enforcement blogger Len Levitt recently points out, Kerik is working to raise support for his friend Jeanine Pirro, the GOP candidate for state attorney general.

August 15, 2006

Pins Next Time for Pirro

It wasn’t as bad as the missing page from her declaration speech for U.S. Senate, but Jeanine Pirro’s campaign for state attorney general suffered a minor glitch yesterday.
As she was making a point about how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn’t enforcing the Clean Air Act, the blue-and-white sign bearing her name fell from the podium to the ground. An aide quickly retrieved it.
The tape apparently had lost some of its adhesive power. Try tacks or pins next time, a campaign wag was heard to say.
Still, the Pirro camp did select a beautiful place for the news conference – dozens of sailboats moored in Huntington Harbor, which made for great visuals.

James T. Madore

July 20, 2006

Pirro Ad

Jeanine Pirro has her first tv ad posted. The message: I'm an experienced prosecutor, Cuomo isn't.

Here's the script:

Narrator: Jeanine Pirro. Thirty years fighting crime. Prosecutor. Judge.
District Attorney. Andrew Cuomo? Fourteen months as a junior prosecutor, 21 years ago. Little courtroom experience. He even admits he's a non-practicing attorney.
Pirro: Like Eliot Spitzer, I'm an experienced prosecutor. I've protected women from abuse, children from pedophiles and gays from hate crimes.''
Narrator: Jeanine Pirro. Experienced. Qualified. A prosecutor for attorney general.

John Riley

Staying the Course

A new Marist poll has no surprises. Spitzer demolishing Suozzi (75-10) and Faso (69-20), Clinton demolishing Tasini (83-13), McFarland (61-32) and Spencer (61-34). The AG race is still competitive. Cuomo leads Green 40-25, but he's not gaining ground -- he led 40-18 in January -- and 25 percent are undecided. For the general, Cuomo leads Pirro 51-37, Green leads Pirro 49-35.

John Riley

July 12, 2006

What -- You Again?

After spending time in jail for tax fraud and getting embarrassed by disclosures that he fathered a child out of wedlock, you'd think Republican Attorney General candidate Jeanine Pirro's husband Albert would have tired of life in the fast lane over the past few years.

And you'd be wrong. Westchester's Journal-News reports that Albert got a ticket on July 2 for driving his Mercedes at 98 mph along Rte. 95 in New Rochelle -- which was just a tad higher than the posted 55 mph speed limit.

Maybe he thought he was on Route 55 and the speed limit was 95?

John Riley

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