Monday, May 07, 2007

Jokes are on Capitol figures



ALBANY -- In Saturday's installment of the nation's longest-running annual political satire by journalists, powerful lawmakers in Albany plot to attack Gov. Eliot Spitzer in his only vulnerable area: his hairline.
But Agent 007 Spitzer, with a license to reform, prevails against Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, portrayed as Dr. Evil from the "Austin Powers" movies, and against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, dressed in a white dinner jacket stroking a cat like a Bond super villain. Their attempt to zap the Democrat with a laser hair-removal system via satellite is foiled.
"So now it's springtime for Spitzer, in Albany-y-y," sang Kyle Hughes of NY Capitolwire. He played Spitzer, the hard-charging former attorney general, and sang to the tune of "Springtime for Hitler" from Mel Brooks' "The Producers."
"I'll ride to town, and smack them down, just like I was A.G.
"So now it's springtime for Spitzer, in Albany.
"Everything's changed since Day One!"
The skewering drew a comic rebuttal from Spitzer, who produced a video and presented a monologue.
In another song, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo was spoofed for his kinder, gentler side these days after a career of hard-edged politics as a one-time candidate for governor, as housing secretary in the Clinton White House and as a political operative for his father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo.
To the tune of "This Magic Moment" by the Drifters, three members of the Legislative Correspondents Association sang:
"A brand-new Cuomo, so different and so new, no longer so pushy, no longer scares you."
LCA President Michael Cooper of The New York Times also presented reporting awards for Albany coverage at the event. The LCA Award went to Jim Odato of the Times Union, while the Alumni Award went to Marc Humbert of the Associated Press

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