Gubernatorial daughter Emily Pataki was on the red carpet last night outside Roseland Ballroom interviewing attendees at "R: The Party" as part of her new duties for the syndicated entertainment magazine.
Emily, at 25 the eldest of Gov. George Pataki's four kids, previously worked as a writer and producer for -- was there some connection here? -- Blooomberg Television. She's unsure if the "Extra" gig foreshadows a career turn.
"Who knows? I'm in law school, so I'm just trying to enjoy this week. It's going to be very busy, but I'm so proud of my dad."
Mayor's spin on media
You've heard of spin-doctoring? There was some spin-dieting going on late Saturday at the Time Warner Center.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and galpal Diana Taylor arrived at the thousands-strong "Media Welcome" gala fresh and cleaned up from a humid afternoon's stroll by the Reservoir in Central Park.
"A beautiful day, but kinda hot," the mayor said, adding that he resisted grabbing any junk food -- hot dogs, soda -- during the walk. "It wouldn't be good for my waistline. I ran this morning, so I didn't need to do that this afternoon."
Then, he snuck back to the Williams-Sonoma kitchen grill for a photo op, and promptly scarfed up a few of Chef John B. Mengler Jr.'s "Mayor Bloomberg's Convention Potato Latkes." (Most unusual ingredient: two squash zucchini.)
Bloomberg aides say the mayor, a fit fellow by all accounts, stays trim by staking money against co-workers to see who can lose the most weight.
"Why do men have to make bets to get anything accomplished?" wondered one.
Also on hand: Gov. Pataki, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sean Hannity, Al Leiter, Time Warner honcho Dick Parsons, Larry King, Wolf Blitzer.
Bloomberg and Log Cabin Republican executive director Patrick Guerrero, a one-time Melrose, Mass., mayor, agreed to disagree about which "teams" they support -- and by this, they were talking Yankees vs. Red Sox -- at the group's Bryant Park Grill gathering Sunday.
Absent from the gay-rights GOP group's soiree was Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of six politicos being honored for "inclusive" leadership. So how does the group think Ah-nold's doing so far?
"Four bills have made it through the legislature to his desk and he hasn't signed or vetoed any of them," says Scott Schmidt, communications director for the California chapter.
"On the marriage issue, he's one of the most prominent people to come out and say that he doesn't care either way -- and that's more supportive than John Kerry has been, going to Massachusetts and Missouri and saying that gays should not have the right to marry."
Thursday's not the first time delegates will see George W. Bush at the RNC. Today is. The president appears in a six-minute video about New York produced by the History Channel and being screened for delegates.
In the short, W. describes the Apple as a place of "courage and passion and hope." (Hope? Hey, wait, isn't that in Arkansas?) More elaborate accolades come from Regis Philbin, Reggie Jackson and former Mayor-turned-RNC booster Ed Koch, filmed in a restaurant extolling the virtues of chopped liver.
"Have a schmear, a slice, barbecue or baba ganoush!" Koch says.
ELEPHANT TRACKS. The Texas delegation's got their outfits all set for the rest of the week, says party chair Tina Benkiser. It's denim shirts today, "Republican party of Texas" polos tomorrow, matching navy blazers Wednesday and cowboy hats Thursday. ... A senior delegate from Oklahoma lost her wallet in a taxi Friday night. Next person in the cab was a Brooklynite, who called the lady's husband in Oklahoma to find out where she was staying. Delegate and wallet were reunited Sunday by the native, who trekked into midtown to drop it off. Ain't NYC grand?
Sharon Bridbord contributed to this article.