“WINNERS AND LOSERS”

Could Michael Bloomberg be running for president in 2020? What toll did the Percoco verdict take on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo? Mayor Bill de Blasio is being sued for holding up the release of fare evasion data in the subway. We have City and State’s list of political winners and losers as we head into the week.

Aired on September 24, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

WE KICK OFF WITH A DIVE INTO LOCAL POLITICS.

CITY AND STATE PUBLISHED THE LATEST LIST OF THE WINNERS AND LOSERS IN NEW YORK.

WHO'S UP, WHO'S DOWN WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC OPINION?

AND FOR THAT, WE WELCOME THE PUBLICATION'S EDITOR IN CHIEF TO THE PROGRAM.

JOHN, WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM.

GOOD TO BE HERE.

SO LET'S START WITH THE BIG WINNERS AND LOSERS.

THE ARTICLE POINTS OUT THE, I GUESS, REIGNITED BROMANCE BETWEEN THE MAYOR AND GOVERNOR, WHAT IS GOING ON BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM?

IT'S POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT.

THEY WERE AT A CAMPAIGN EVENT AND MADE NICE.

IT'S A REAL DEPARTURE FROM THE LAST TWO YEARS, A REALLY SHARP FEUD BETWEEN THE TWO.

IT SEEMS MORE PERSONAL FOR THE TWO OF THEM.

LEADING UP TO THE GENERAL ELECTION, IT MAKES SENSE, BOTH DEMOCRATS, TO BE ALIGNED.

IT DEFINITELY SHOULD BE.

MOVING ON THE A NAME THAT A LOT OF US, I THINK, ACTUALLY ACROSS THE STATE AREN'T FAMILIAR WITH, AND THAT'S NATE McMURRAY.

SURE.

THIS IS THE LITTLE KNOWN DEMOCRAT THAT IS RUNNING AGAINST CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS IN WESTERN NEW YORK.

HE'S MADE HEADLINES AFTER HE WAS INDICTED ON CHARGES OF INSIDER TRADING.

INITIALLY HE SAID HE'S NOT GOING TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION.

THEN HE DECIDED THEY'RE HAVING TOO MUCH TROUBLE REPLACING ME.

ANY WAYS, SO HE IS RUNNING.

HE'S A REPUBLICAN, VERY MUCH ALIGNED WITH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IN A HEAVILY REPUBLICAN DISTRICT.

BUT WITH THAT LEGAL CLOUD OVER HIM, NATE McMURRAY, THE DEMOCRAT, HAS AN OUTSIDE CHANCE.

AND THE DISTRICT, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE HEAVILY REPUBLICAN, HAS MOVED TO KIND OF LIKELY REPUBLICAN?

LEAN OR LIKELY REPUBLICAN.

BUT THAT'S A REAL IMPROVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATS IN THE BUFFALO AREA.

WE SHALL SEE HOW THAT TURNS OUT.

MOVING BACK, OF COURSE, TO THE TWO PEOPLE IN NEW YORK WE TALK MOST ABOUT, THE MAYOR AND GOVERNOR.

THEY BOTH END UP ON THE LOSER'S LIST.

GOVERNOR COMES OFF AS A COMMANDING VICTOR IN THE PRIMARY AGAINST CYNTHIA NIXON.

YET ONE OF THESE SCANDALS FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, HE HAD STAFF THAT HAD APPROVED A MAILER THAT ACCUSED NIXON OF BEING ANTI-SEMITIC.

IT SEEMS LIKE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE UNDER THE GOVERNOR SIGNED OFF ON IT.

AND ALSO THE GOVERNOR'S FORMER RIGHT HAND MAN, SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON.

DOES NOT LOOK GOOD FOR HIM.

AND NOW, OF COURSE, WHY DOES THE MAYOR LAND ON THE LOSER'S LIST?

THAT WAS A LITTLE MORE TONGUE IN CHEEK, BUT HE MET WITH THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE BOSTON RED SOX, AND IT WAS A SECRET MEETING AND THEY MET AT GOLDMAN SACHS.

BUT, AGAIN, I THINK ARGUABLY THE GOVERNOR IS THE BIGGER LOSER THIS WEEK.

BEFORE WE LEAVE THE ISSUE WITH OUR CURRENT MAYOR, THERE IS ALSO ANOTHER ISSUE OF A LAWSUIT THAT HE'S FACING IN REGARDING TO REPORTING THAT'S COME OUT ABOUT FARE JUMPERS IN NEW YORK CITY.

THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE MOVES IN THE De BLASIO ADMINISTRATION WITH THE NYPD TO DECRIMINALIZE CERTAIN ACTIONS, TO TAKE A STEP BACK, THINGS LIKE STOP AND FRISK THAT TARGETED MINORITIES.

THIS IS AN EFFORT TO BE LESS PUNITIVE AND MORE FORGIVING.

BUT I GUESS THE LACK OF INFORMATION, LACK OF TRANSPARENCY, IT'S A LITTLE SURPRISING.

BUT SOMETHING WE'VE SEEN A LOT FROM THE MAYOR.

ACROSS THE BOARD.

HE'S BEEN PROTECTIVE WITH CERTAIN INFORMATION.

ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO NYPD.

WHO HE'S HAD A FRAUGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH.

BUT HE'S DEFENDED THEM AT CERTAIN TIMES.

ALSO WHEN IT COMES TO OFFICERS' RECORD, ANY KIND OF PENALTIES THEY'VE HAD, HE HAS SIDED WITH THE NYPD AND NOT DIVULGED INFORMATION.

AND THE FACT THAT THIS REPORT IS INDICATING THAT THIS IS MUCH MORE PUNITIVE TO PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THE SI WHEN THE MAYOR HAS PRESENTED HIMSELF AS BEING AN ADVOCATE FOR THOSE COMMUNITIES, THAT HAS TO CAUSE CONFLICT.

CERTAINLY.

HE RAN VERY MUCH AS SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE FRIENDLY TO THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

HIS WIFE IS AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

HIS SON PLAYED A PROMINENT ROLE IN THE CAMPAIGN THE FIRST TIME.

BUT I THINK HE FEELS, YOU KNOW, THE CITY HAS BEEN VERY SAFE.

HE OFTEN TAKES THE SIDE OF THE NYPD.

SPEAKING OF NEW YORK MAYORS, WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE THAT RECYCLES BACK IN THE HEADLINES, AND THAT'S MIKE BLOOMBERG.

HE'S INDICATED HE'S CONSIDERING A RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020.

WE HAVE A CLIP FROM HIM, SO WE'LL GO TO THAT.

I CARE VERY MUCH ABOUT THIS COUNTRY.

I'VE DEVOTED MY LIFE AND ALL MY NET WORTH TO TRYING TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, BECAUSE THAT'S THE BEST THINGKY DO FOR MY KIDS AND GRAND KIDS.

WE'LL SEE WHETHER OR NOT IT'S POSSIBLE AND HOW I FEEL, BUT THAT'S DOWN THE ROAD.

WHAT IS ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BLOOMBERG'S REALISTIC CHANCES?

HE'S TOYED WITH THIS BEFORE, BUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON HIS CHANCES OF RUNNING?

IT'S A HARD ENVIRONMENT FOR HIM TO RUN IN.

AGAIN, WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF PROGRESSIVES HAVING A REAL IMPACT AT THE POLLS.

WE'VE SEEN ALEXANDRIA CASIO-CORTEZ KNOCK OUT JOE FOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG TO GET THROUGH A PRIMARY AS A DEMOCRAT, I THINK IT IS HIS BEST CHANCE, BUT IT WILL BE TOUGH WHEN A LOT OF PARTY MEMBERS -- THE VOTING PRIMARIES ARE REALLY REVVED UP AND WANT TO SEE SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO HIT THEIR ISSUES.

HE'S BEEN GOOD ON THE ENVIRONMENT, HE'S BEEN GOOD ON OTHER THINGS THAT PROGRESS SIFS -- PROGRESSIVES CARE ABOUT.

WE'LL DEFINITELY BE PERHAPS NOT AN ISSUE OF WHO CAN RAISE THE MOST MONEY BUT WHO HAS THE MOST ENTHUSIASM.

HIS WEALTH IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR.

HE COULD LARGELY SELF-FINANCE.

HE HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS RUNNING FOR MAYOR.

WHEN HE CAME IN AS MAYOR, THAT FREED HIM UP AS AN INDEPENDENT OPERATOR.

HE BROUGHT ON PEOPLE WHO WERE DISQUALIFIED OPPOSED TO PARTY HACKS.

IF HE WERE PRESIDENT, HE VALUES EXPERTISE, HE'S VERY INDEPENDENT EVEN IF YOU DISAGREE.

WELL, WE'LL DEFINITELY SEE HOW DEMOCRATS NATIONWIDE REACT TO THAT.

OF COURSE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GOING THROUGH THE WINNERS AND LOSERS IN NEW YORK STATE FOR THIS WEEK.

OF COURSE, I'M SURE IT WILL BE DIFFERENT NEXT WEEK.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

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