That's the mood behind a couple of news items this evening. Irene Posio is out as the Chief Financial Officer of NYRA. When we last saw Ms. Posio, Governor Paterson's budget director Laura Anglin was telling her that she was a "little concerned" about the revenue and expenditure assumptions in NYRA's budget. And she was promising to get back to Ms. Anglin with more information, particularly with respect to personnel costs. Approval of the budget was deferred until that time.
NYRA's communications director John Lee, in a, yes, terse statement, said:
"Irene is no longer with the company....Yesterday was her final day. Other than that we won't have any further comment on personnel matters." [DRF]So who knows what happened, I'm not even going to speculate. Except that Lee's comment is extremely similar to what he said when Gavin Landry left the company in September. “We’re not commenting on personnel matters, but this was Gavin’s last day here today." I think he needs a new repertoire for these situations. There was at least one report that performance issues were behind Landry's departure. OK, so maybe I'm speculating anyway.
The big news of the night is that Caroline Kennedy is out. [Or is she??] So, happily, I won't have to write that "I was wrong, I admit it" post. [Or will I?] Again in this case, no details have yet been offered. The reasons offered range from "personal reasons," to "concerns about the health of her uncle," to, my personal favorite, "Gov. David Paterson wasn't going to choose her." [NY Post]
The last explanation comes despite a growing tide of expectation that the governor was indeed going to pick her. Some of that was generated by a Fred Dicker column which really only said that some other aspirants to the seat were thinking that the fix was already in for Ms. Kennedy. "It's been a done deal from the start," said an anonymous contender. How writers such as the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza turned that bit of pre-emptive sour grapes into a report that Paterson had settled on Ms. Kennedy, I can't say. Still, some felt that the political pressure for Paterson to pick her, given her connections to the new president, would ultimately prevail.
If she really is out, Andrew Cuomo will be at the center of speculation, even though he's given mixed signals, and has privately expressed mixed feelings about seeking the Senate seat. I'd still be surprised - he seems to relish his present job, which provides him the kind of power, prestige, and pedestal which a junior Senate seat may not. And I don't know how it would fit in with his ambitions, which I think includes being Governor of New York in 2014 (if not sooner).
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand has been getting increasing attention of late. The Times reports that "television news crews were staking out Ms. Gillibrand’s home in Washington on Wednesday night." Not all of the attention has been good however, as she's drawn fire from gun control groups over her 'A' rating from the NRA.
“We appreciate hunting rights in our family,” Gillibrand said, declaring herself “very pro Second Amendment.” [Capitol Confidential]But that's part of the reason I've thought all along that she has a big shot. She would give the 2010 Democratic ballot the kind of geographical, gender, and ideological balance that I believe Paterson wants.