Even so — and even if the Killer Coke story peters out — the whole episode bodes poorly for Reilly’s political future. The e-mails Vennochi obtained were apparently sent to a few members of Reilly’s inner circle, including top advisers Will Keyser and John Stefanini. These messages may have leaked out inadvertently. But it’s more likely they were disclosed intentionally, as part of an internal battle over the course of Reilly’s candidacy. “The sign of a campaign in free fall is when insiders are tagging other people with blame for the failed campaign,” says the aforementioned Democratic insider. “And when that starts before you actually lose, it’s a problem. If somebody on the inside leaked this e-mail, that’s a circular firing squad.”
Back in February, after Marie St. Fleur’s one-day stint as Reilly’s running mate came to a close, Reilly held a press conference and stated the obvious. “Politics are not my strong suit,” the AG announced. “I have to work and improve on the politics of this campaign.” Six months on, he doesn’t seem to have succeeded. If Democratic voters give Reilly the nod on primary day, they’ll know exactly what they’re getting.
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