A Update on the Reshma Saujani (Democrat) who took on New York City’s Carolyn Maloney last year for her House seat with media attention but got ran over by Maloney…..
Reshma Saujani wrote in a letter to The Observer that Council Speaker Christine Quinn should bring to a vote a measure that would require most small businesses to grant employees paid leave when they are sick.
“Small business owners, economists, and the majority of City Council members agree: paid sick days means a healthier city and a healthier economy,” Ms. Saujani said in the letter. “Speaker Quinn should bring the bill up for a vote.”
The letter was a response to an editorial in last week’s New York Observer which called on Ms. Quinn to reject the measure, even as prominent supporters like Gloria Steinem penned a letter to the speaker urging her to support it.
The White House sided with Carolyn Maloney last year when the longtime congresswoman was fending off a primary challenge from Reshma Saujani, a young attorney running her first campaign.
But Saujani — who has since joined the Public Advocate’s office – received some personal praise from the president yesterday, according to a post on the White House’s official blog.
Obama called three “young leaders” to thank them for their efforts on a variety of youth issues.
“The President spoke with Reshma on her partnership with young business owners and advocates around our #1 priority – employment and entrepreneurship – in this case youth employment,” said the White House post.
Saujani helped organize an Urban Entrepreneurship Summit in Newark last month, which featured her boss, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, along with Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Russell Simmons.
Saujani worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign, after first raising money for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. She has ruled out challenging Maloney again, but is said to be interested in other opportunities, perhaps even succeeding her current boss, should he decide to run for higher office…
Over the weekend (3/5/12), Crain’s reported Reshma Saujani is leaving her position as deputy advocate in the Office of New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in order to potentially run for Mr. de Blasio’s job herself in 2013. Mr. de Blasio is widely expected to run for mayor, which would leave his position vacant for aspiring politicians.
Confirming Crain’s report, a source familiar with the situation told The Politicker Ms. Saujani is departing Mr. de Blasio’s office on March 16th and is indeed expected to open a committee that would allow her to campaign for the position. However, the source noted a citywide campaign would be just one of multiple options she is considering for her next career move.
If she does pull the trigger on the campaign, it would place her on a collision course with Councilwoman Tish James, who has been campaigning for the position since 2011 and has had the field largely to herself. State Senator Dan Squadron is also a potential candidate.
Ms. Saujani made headlines in 2010 by running a high-profile primary challenge to Upper East Side Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Ms. Saujani raised over $1 million in the bid, butultimately got soundly defeated by the veteran incumbent….
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