The Sheekey Diaries
The daily schedules of Kevin Sheekey, deputy mayor for Bloombergian political ambitions, have been posted courtesy of a FOIL request and a good deed by Azi Paybarah, the NY Observer/PolitickerNY's indefatigable political watchdog.
In addition to Paybarah's shrewd observations (he notes, for instance, that Sheekey's last diary entry for the mayor's still-born pledge to initiate a new Charter Revision Commission was last February), a quick read of the much-redacted schedules offers these feeble insights into the doings of the Great Sheek:
--Brooklyn assembly member and Democratic party boss Vito Lopez -- whose agreement is crucial should Bloomberg seek the Democratic nomination this year -- gets a lot of face time with the Top Dep. At least eight Sheekey-Lopez get-togethers are listed, including lunch at Lopez's favorite, Cono & Sons on Graham Avenue. Lopez even brought Sheekey to a meeting of Sephardic businessmen at the Manhattan offices of real estate titans Midtown Equities last month.
--Lally Weymouth, the socialite conservative daughter of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham with a thing for political writers, has had Sheekey as her lunch guest at The Four Seasons -- three times.
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--Teachers union chief Randi Weingarten also breaks bread often with Sheekey, but at the more downscale and out-of-the-way Gee Whiz diner on Greenwich Street (labor alert: the diner figured prominently in the DC 37 scandals a decade ago when union bosses were shown to have paid kickbacks for food orders there).
--Jon Kest, ACORN's political mastermind, also has lots to talk about with the Sheekster: The two have met more than a half dozen times since 2007, the skeds show, sometimes together with ACORN leader and Bloomberg smoocher Bertha Lewis, but usually just politico mano a mano.
--At some point, veteran consultant and Zen master of the quick quote Hank Sheinkopf became just "Hank S" in Sheekey's skeds. Cozy ain't it? Also, one more indication that ex-Bill Thompson adviser Sheinkopf is changing horses for the upcoming mayoral race.
--And what do you suppose Sheekey and Democratic get-out-the-vote great Michael Whouley were talking about when they sat down together in August 2007 when Bloomberg's presidential dreams were being stoked by Sheekey and others? A month later, proving he's an equal opportunity tease, Sheekey also sat with David Norcross, then head of the Republican National Committee's rules committee.
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