Destroy Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo does not want Democrats to have a majority in the NY State Senate. Democrats had a historic opportunity to take back the Senate after decades of GOP control, but Andrew Cuomo won’t even say which party he wants to control the chamber. He’s finished for 2016, and hopefully 2014 too.

David Nir:

As a reminder, candidates with a “(D)” after their names won 33 seats this November, while Republicans only won 30. But the five members of the IDC, as well as a sixth conservative Democrat (Simcha Felder), have all elected to side with the GOP, even though I doubt that’s what they were elected for. Once again, Felder aside, this isn’t about ideology: Klein describes himself as a “progressive.” Well, there’s a ton of progressive legislation that mainstream Dems want to pass. Klein claims this is about ending dysfunction in Albany. Let’s see if he bothers pushing for a floor vote on a single Democratic priority.

And let’s not forget the blame supposedly Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo bears here, too. Cuomo not only endorsed Republican senators for re-election but he also refused to say which party he preferred to see control the Senate—even after Dems won a surprise majority on election day. And a report in Crain’s even claims (according to an unnamed source) that Klein “has been running ideas past Mr. Cuomo before moving forward.” I certainly believe it.

It’s all further proof that Cuomo, despite occasional departures like gay marriage, is deeply anti-progressive and has little interest in being a Democrat. And if there’s a silver lining, it’s that abandoning your party (and progressive ideals) at a moment of extreme need like this ought to badly hurt Cuomo with presidential primary voters, should he make the mistake of seeking the brass ring.

Comments

  1. John says:

    The fact that he pisses off you representing the radical fringe left as well as the radical fringe right leads me to conclude my initial feelings about Cuomo were correct – I’d vote for him.

    Thanks for the confirmation.

  2. John says:

    Actually no. Your blind faith in politics and bureaucrats makes you look like a maroon. But I chalk that up to your youth, inexperience and immaturity.

  3. Capri says:

    I really couldn’t care less about whether an elected politician promotes his party politically, but Cuomo is a crook and king of patronage – here’s hoping he never wins elected office again.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      But why? The voters chose a Democratic majority. They elected more Democrats than Republicans, and wanted the Democrats to be in control of the Senate. The “independent” Democrats are flouting the will of the voters, and Andrew Cuomo doesn’t care. He seems to prefer it.

      • John says:

        And that’s where you go off the rails – for the most part people don’t elect parties, they elect people. It is an elected official’s job to be honest, forthright, not slimy, and represent the people who elected him.

        In other words, the Party does not come first, the people do.

        Man I bet you hate the thought of that, all those people actually thinking and doing what they think is right instead of being mindless hacks.

  4. GDub says:

    From what I remember, there are only like 3 people in the entire legislature who actually matter, so its a bit unclear what even this small change would accomplish.

    That did strike me as one of the saddest “progressive” agendas I’ve ever read, outside of the minimum wage increase.

    That said, since you and Joe Klein believe that corruption is the grease that makes the legislative process work, this should be a great test case for how that works ;-) .

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Right, so instead of one of those 3 people being a Democrat, it’s going to be a Republican. 1/3 is a big difference. I agree, for how blue the state is that agenda is a total failure of political imagination.

      • John says:

        What’s a total failure is NYers willingness to continue to elect criminals, sexual harassers, and those who condone such behavior. Albany is about the worst cesspool in the nation (other than DC).

        Your lack of outrage at Silver’s attempt to keep Vito Lopez in a position to sexually harass women with impunity is yet another example of what a mindless hack you are.

        Make sure you tell your wife she’s not safe at Democratic political events. She is at serious risk of harassment or if Joe Brennan is there a punch in the head.

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