Nice Guys Don’t Always Run Last


Guess who ended up as David Patterson’s Campaign Manager for his Lt. Governor run (coronation)?       

YES, you guessed it:  LUTHER SMITH.                                                         The former chief-of -staff to C.Viriginia Fields ( ex-Manhattan Beep ) was last seen working on Freddie Ferrer’s Mayoral campaign, as a Special-Assistant to the candidate himself (post-primary). This likeable, hard-working and competent guy, was rumored to have hooked up with Bill Lynch’s consulting firm.  From where we stand at this  moment in time, it looks like a ‘piece of cake " for Luther. Score one for the nice-guys.                                               

Tom Suozzi Makes The Brooklyn Rounds Today


Gubernatorial candidate Tom Suozzi is in Brooklyn today making the rounds. Among those he is scheduled to meet are Wellington Sharpe  ( announced candidate for the 58th AD), and NYC councilmember Charles Barron- who is  running for Congress in the 10th Congressional District.

Suozzi whose candidacy is considered a longshot  by many,  has a lot of catching-up to do against  his opponent AG Elliot Spitzer, relative to the black vote. Polls show him as a relatively unknown amongst black voters. He will be well advised to work very hard in Brooklyn.

Nick Perry Swears That He Is No Drop-Out


Last week, the publisher of "Footnotes" newspaper (Maurice Gumbs), had a lengthy conversation with Assemblymember Nick Perry. From this encounter Gumbs has stated emphatically that Nick is running for the 11th Congressional seat. This surprising news item comes amid speculation that Perry was a late scratch from the crowded field. It further bolsters a recent report in the Caribbean Life newspaper, wherein Perry was quoted as saying " reports of my political demise ( regarding this race)are grossly exaggerated".

Today there is even more speculation that the late scratch will be Yvette Clarke instead, since Ms. Clarke is widely seen as hitting the same voting base ( Caribbean-Americans) as Perry. There is also speculation that Ms.Clarke is having fundraising issues. My feeling is that Yvette is determined to contest this race no matter what.

Brooklyn’s Congressional Races Warming Up


Candidates from Brooklyn’s 10th Congressional race faced off in a public debate last weekend. NYC council member Charles Barron, Assemblyman Roger Green and Hip-hop entrepeneur Kevin Powell appeared before an audience of about sixty community residents at Grace memorial Baptist Church. One week earlier, candidates from the 11thCongressional District appeared before the same crowd, as Pastor Underwood continues to hold these forums, in hopes of awakening public interest in the upcoming races.

The Rock



Christened HERMON EMANUEL JEROME HACKSHAW when he was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, “Rock” came to New York in 1973 and has lived here continuously ever since. He became a citizen of the USA in 1996, and now holds dual citizenship (USA & The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago).

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