The inconsequential primary

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

April 23, 2012 1:33:06 PM PDT
Kind of sad, me thinks, that there's a Presidential primary in New York tomorrow - and it doesn't really much matter.

Four state primaries, actually, for the Republicans - and the drama is gone.

Mitt Romney is still short by slightly more than 400 of the 1,141 delegates he needs to secure the GOP nomination, but his reaching that number is a foregone conclusion. So now, the taxpayers foot the bill for a primary that really doesn't matter. Oh well, New York State has lots of dough, right?

I'm just sayin'.

Oh - and just because the whole system is messed up, the Congressional primary in New York isn't until June 26. Couldn't they have coordinated this a bit better?

We'll have a preview of the primary, tonight at 11. The big news, of course, would happen if Romney did not win these primaries.

Oh and one more political note: Romney today picked up the endorsement of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who just last December called Romney a man "without a core."

Ain't politics grand?

Also at 11, we'll have the reaction to the news that the search for any remains of Etan Patz has come up empty.

Patz has been missing since 1979, when the 6-year-old ventured out in SoHo by himself for the first time. It would be his last.

For the past several days, the FBI and the NYPD's forensic experts basically excavated a basement in a building a block from where Patz lived. They came up with nothing.

And so now - back to square one. The man cops have always thought murdered Etan Patz is behind bars on other charges - and he's never been officially charged. But law enforcement sources say that the man - Jose Ramos, a convicted child molester - is set to be up for parole this fall. So there is apparently some deadline to charge him, if they do charge him in the Patz case.

He had dated Etan's babysitter at the time the boy disappeared.

Also at 11, more trouble for pro football in the form of a report on ESPN, which says the U.S. Attorney's office in Louisiana has been told that the New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis electronically eavesdropped on opposing coaches for nearly three seasons.

Loomis is already suspended for 8 games in the next season for his role in a "bounty scandal" - with the Saints staff paying players who injure opposing players.

This story ain't going away.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast (any more rain? We could use some!), and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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