We noticed this a while back. Political hacks and wannabees put out media advisories of their public schedules to alert the press and get media coverage of whatever they want to say that day.
So if you want to see Christine Quinn or Michael Bloomberg or Chucky Schumer live and engaging in their ubiquitous pandering, you can get on a press list or get access to publications like the AP Daybook that lists the political events of the day.
City & State, a publication by former mayoral wannabee Tom Allon, also has a political schedule in its daily email, but it seems to be somewhat massaged and filtered for the general public.
If you've ever noticed how newspapers have complete stories ready to go while an event is still happening, or about to happen, it's because politicians will give the information to the press early allowing them to write the stories as long as they are not published until the time specified by the political office.
Thus, the use of "embargoing" a press release. You may get the release one day, but ethically a reporter is not supposed to publish the story until the time specified by the campaign office.
The use of embargoing device happens occasionally, but it seems that Christine Quinn is using it for almost all of her campaign appearances. If for no other reason, Quinn is trying to avoid having to contend with the protesters (the sane ones and the insane ones -- there are both) that show up at her appearances.
According to The Politicker's article, Quinn's campaign office sends out all of her press releases with the caveat "NOT FOR PRINT OR BROADCAST” and “ALL ITEMS EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT."
None of the other mayoral candidates have put such restrictions in place. Quinn claims this is "standard practice," but political observers know that's bullshit.
Bill Thompson's campaign stated, "Our schedule is public, because Bill believes that when you’re asking for public trust and support you need to be accessible to the public, to answer their questions and hear their concerns," and "Personally, I can’t understand why any candidate for Mayor would want to hide from the public, but I can’t explain the strategy of the Quinn campaign."
What strategy? To hunker down in secrecy while her constituents - many of whom have been betrayed by her actions over the last 14 years - object to her candidacy? That's what Nixon did.
The Sal Albanese campaign went further. “That’s a poor reflection of what kind of mayor she’d be, transparency is an important quality in a mayor,” said Todd Brogan, a spokesman for former Councilman Sal Albanese. “It doesn’t reflect well on Christine Quinn that she wants to keep the public from knowing what she’s doing.”
If nothing else, this is more evidence of Christine C. Quinn's lack of character.
For more, see after the jump.