GOP’s Bachmann, Perry to cross paths Sunday
WATERLOO — Republican Michele Bachmann isn’t ceding ground in her Iowa birthplace to possible presidential rival Rick Perry.
Mrs. Bachmann announced Thursday that she will appear at a GOP fundraiser in Waterloo on Sunday, the same event that will serve as the Texas governor’s Iowa debut. Both will speak at the Black Hawk County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner.
Mr. Perry is making quick visits to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in coming days as he gets ready to announce his 2012 intentions. All three states hold early votes in next year’s nominating process.
Mrs. Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, is a frontrunner in Iowa thanks in part to her strength among evangelical and tea party voters. Perry is held in high regard among those voters, too.
Politicians pay tribute to late Gov. Carey
NEW YORK — Politicians past and present — and of every political stripe — paid tribute Thursday to former Gov. Hugh Carey, who led New York out of an economic crisis in the 1970s.
The seven-term congressman, who was governor from 1975 to 1982, died Sunday at the age of 92. His funeral was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and his flag-draped coffin was later carried out.
Former Gov. Mario Cuomo called Mr. Carey “the most effective governor in our modern history.”
“He, in fact, saved New York City in the ‘70s,” said Mr. Cuomo. “When he saved New York City, he saved New York state. He protected the honor of the whole country. Imagine what Moscow would have said if New York City went bankrupt.”
Mr. Carey, a Democrat, received bipartisan praise for his leadership.
Andrew Cuomo, the current Democratic governor and Mario Cuomo’s son, sat near Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who’s now an independent. Former New York City Mayor Edward Koch, a Democrat, arrived at the funeral with a Republican, former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato.
“I liked working with him,” said Mr. Koch, praising Mr. Carey’s people skills. “He had a terrific sense of humor. And he had a marvelous Irish tenor.”