The up-to-now insiders race to succeed Andrew Cuomo was jolted Tuesday night by a report that a car in which Attorney General candidate Eric Schneiderman had sideswiped another car and then left the scene. The story was first teased by NY 1 and then reported extensively by NY1 – not surprisingly because the car hit belongs to the station’s executive editor and the accident occurred as Schneiderman was leaving an interview with the station.
First day stories in the Times, News and Post were fairly straightforward reports repeating the NY 1 account and adding the Schneiderman campaign’s insistence that he hadn’t realized there had been damage to the other car. It also emerged that the driver was the 22 year old niece of US Supreme Court nominee Elaine Kagan. Politicker NY had early non-reaction reactions from the rival candidates saying that they needed more facts.
I didn’t see anything in the Times or Post this morning. The News has a second day story quoting the victim as well as rival candidate Kathleen Rice (whose fundraising was featured in the Times) basically saying that Schneiderman should have left a note. The News has an editorial to the same effect although they chose not to award the otherwise respected State Senator their Knucklehead Award. Unless there’s a pile on from advocates –the PBA or MADD or someone like that- I think the story goes away until the fall when the Republican candidate, SI DA Dan Donovan can raise it, IF Schneiderman wins the Dem primary.