Put up gossip king Richard Johnson famous this week that ex-Sen. Al D’Amato has ties to at the very least three candidates on this 12 months’s governor’s race — which is just about what New York ought to count on of a person who’s turn into a super-lobbyist, with fingers in just about each pot.
In workplace, D’Amato claimed to be a principled conservative whereas remaining happy with his “Sen. Pothole” nickname for his emphasis on constituent providers. However since his 1998 ouster by Chuck Schumer, he’s constructed a potent lobbying enterprise, Park Methods — and proven all of the ideological flexibility a lobbyist may wish.
After which some: Whereas D’Amato has lengthy been a agency supporter of Gov. Cuomo, Park is doing marketing campaign work for Dutchess County Govt Marc Molinaro, who for now seems just like the doubtless GOP nominee towards Cuomo.
In the meantime, Joel Giambra, a doable Reform Get together nominee, labored as a lobbyist at Park Methods.
We’ve no phrase but of D’Amato ties to Cynthia Nixon, however count on him to develop one thing if she turns into an actual menace to take Cuomo’s job.
A chunk of each pie: That’s the street to riches in New York politics.