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Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, laughs during a news conference to announce details of a newly renovated Madison Square Garden in New York, October 24, 2013. Over a billion dollars was spent on the three year, top-to-bottom renovation.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION POLITICS) - RTX14N0D
Take away my powers? That's a good one!
Apparently fed up with a beast he created, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now trying to exterminate it. In response to an effort by renegade Democratic state senators to curb the his power to make appointments to ethics commissions, Cuomo's hand-picked official at the state Democratic Party fired off this broadside:
"In the time it took for Senator Andrew Lanza to draft a press release, he could have taken the simple step of disclosing his source of outside income to the people of Staten Island," [Rodney] Capel said. "What exactly is he hiding, and why is he deploying every distraction tactic available to do it? Don't his constituents have a right to know who he works for?

"And to his co-sponsor Diane Savino—who has acted as a shield for Republicans working to block votes on public campaign financing and women's equality—I have two words: register Republican."

Lanza is a Republican, but it's Savino—a member of the so-called "Independent Democratic Conference" that has collaborated with the minority GOP to give them control of the Senate—that Capel's (Cuomo's, really) hottest ire is aimed at. Cuomo happily abetted the IDC when they made their dark deal with the Republicans, but now they've stupidly turned against their most powerful benefactor. Cuomo, too, may finally be looking toward 2016 and realizing that he has to start acting a bit more like a Democrat to win, you know, a Democratic primary for president.

Whatever Cuomo's motivation, it's a positive sign that Cuomo and the IDC appear to be splitting up. Cuomo could squash all four members—Savino, David Valesky, David Carlucci, and their leader, Jeff Klein—like insects if he wanted to, just by supporting primary challenges to each of them. You'd think the IDC would be quite cognizant of this and would make staying on Cuomo's good side priority number one, but seeing as they were dumb enough to side with Republicans in the first place, they probably aren't sharp enough to ensure their own survival.

Originally posted to David Nir on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 03:25 PM PDT.

Also republished by New York City.

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  •  A cynic -- this commentor-- (20+ / 0-)

    would conclude that Cuomo has heard the grumbling from New York Democrats and has decided that any chance for 2016 rests on his, once again, being perceived to actually being a Democrat.  Perhaps, however, this is one bell which cannot be unrung, Andrew.

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 03:56:40 PM PDT

  •  It's too late Andrew (11+ / 0-)

    You will never, ever be President of the United States.

    The staggering coalition that runs the sprawling gambit from Harold Ford to David Gergen to Mike Bloomberg to Chris Shays all blowing as hard as they can on your mighty sails just won't cut it.

    Either you will be soundly defeated in the Democratic primary, by a Democrat smart enough to point how how you rolled in NY when you were in office and free to be yourself, or you will help put another Republican nightmare in the White House for all of our troubles, but, either way, you will never be US President.

    If the Democratic Party is ever foolish enough to nominate you, they will be tying a chain with and anvil at the end of it around their necks and throwing the business end of the dead weight off a cliff.

    Until Tom Friedman clones 150 million copies of himself to create an insurmountable Americans for Cuomo Super Majority, your day will just never come. Especially after you spend a year or so giving NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio a hard time for being Un-Bloombergian in front of a Democratic Party that wants a Bill DeBlasio to succeed as frosting on being a DemoBloombergAcrat.

    I can't imagine that Democrats in Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico or Virginia, Ohio, and Florida would be thrilled at the potential anti-coattails a Cuomo-Crist ticket. (Fred Hiatt passes out in ecstasy! Yet Florida and everybody else can still see New Dukakis on top of the marque!)  

    If the Republican-enabling cretins do get crushed by Cuomo for biting the hand that helped them, it will just emphasize all the more that it was his hand that helped them. That he made a decision to enable them in the first place. His choice was for this outcome, they just didn't kiss the ring when it was held out. He giveth and he taketh away.

    I'd rather not find out what it feels like to see President Scott Walker graciously send the failed Democratic nominee a heck of a fruit basket the morning he is to be sworn in.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 04:35:11 PM PDT

    •  Did Dukakis sell out the Massachusetts Democratic (2+ / 0-)
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      Party? I don't recall this.

      "It doesn't matter what I do....People need to hear what I have to say. There's no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn't matter what I live."--Newty

      by Vico on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 04:56:48 PM PDT

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      •  Who argued he did? (1+ / 0-)
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        There are a myriad of reasons to bring up Dukakis 88 in the context of being a perfect portrait of a out-of-his-depth well-versed in believing his own hype losing nationwide Democratic candidate.

        I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

        by LeftHandedMan on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 05:12:18 PM PDT

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    •  Cuomo is mischaracterized by many (0+ / 0-)

      here in my opinion. While he has done a few things that are infuriating to me, as well (especially this IDC thing), Andrew Cuomo is no Harold Ford and he is no blue dog Democrat. He's a progressive on most policy issues. Cuomo single-handedly is responsible for fulfilling his campaign promise of legalizing gay marriage in New York, against all odds, including over the objections of the very Republican majority he enabled. If Cuomo had not played hardball and gone way out on a limb to push for that, we would still be fighting for that today.

      On policy matters, he's been fairly liberal. He supports a minimum wage increase, and has an entire women's rights agenda he's been pushing for.

      His main problem is his desperate desire to be liked to all parties, Republicans Independents and Democrats.

      If Cuomo were governor of virtually any other state, he'd be considered a liberal.  

      •  Teh Gay was a given. Was gonna happen, (0+ / 0-)

        and sooner rather than later, with or without him.  The guns thing was political expedience.  It's in the Albany - not NYC - politics where most of us Dems and Libs find him "lacking," if not a downright Blue Dog.  And, if we can't trust him north of 125th Street - and we don't - then he's pretty much toast in 2016.
        or 2020, or...

        •  yes...but...Cuomo did spend (0+ / 0-)

          a lot of political capital to pass it. Many people assume New York is a very liberal state, because of new York City, but it's not when you factor in the relatively conservative areas of upstate (and some remaining conservative areas on Long Island).

          Credit needs to be given to Cuomo for going out on a limb and spending a lot of political capital to pass this. If you go back and read up on it, it was done a "done deal." He had to twist a lot of arms.

          But that's just one issue. On most matters, Cuomo's been quite progressive policy-wise. It's his tactics that have a lot of people (myself included) scratching their heads on occasion.

      •  Cuomo is a Wall Street Democrat, (0+ / 0-)

        heavy on pleasing his paymasters and light on actually doing anything to help the working stiffs. He's liberal on social issues, which is good - but he only does that because his owners don't object en masse to it.

        If Wall Street saw financial benefit from recriminalizing homosexuality, Cuomo would propose the bill tomorrow.

        "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

        by Australian2 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 05:43:49 AM PDT

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        •  Cuomo does try to represent (0+ / 0-)

          the single most powerful, influential and wealthy entity in New York State, Wall Street, which is in the heart of his political base...New York City.

          Like most folks from New York City, they would be foolish to kick dirt in the face of one of their largest constituencies.
          (Yes, believe it or not, the many millions of people directly involved in and/or affected by Wall Streeet employers are, in fact, constituents of elected officials).

          Of course, it would be my preference if Cuomo, like others, could be a little more selective about how they support Wall Street (there are ways to support Wall Street without turning them into mortal enemies).

          •  oops (0+ / 0-)

            ...that should read...there are ways to try to keep Wall Street in line without turning them into mortal enemies
            ( the way...turning Wall Street into mortal enemies in New York City or New York State...would be a political death blow, like it or not).

            As a New Yorker, there's no problem on my part with my state officials giving due deference to Wall Street, as they would, hopefully, do with all of their constituencies. However...there are ways to do that while also giving respect to other constituencies (i.e. those folks hurt by Wall Street practices). Like everything else in our society, we should be seeking balance, not overt favoritism toward one key group vs. another. Cuomo and others need to start trying focus more on balancing their support of both.

  •  Cuomo has no chance, ever (7+ / 0-)

    There is only one other individual whom I deem at all likely to be President in 2017. And she is Constitutionally prohibited from picking Cuomo as a running mate (unless she decides to leave New York).

    It's hard to feel much schadenfreude here. Cuomo may be getting his comeuppance, but the consequences of the bad policy he has allowed to emerge will not fall on him at all. Rather, they will fall on the voters he betrayed every step of the way.  

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 04:43:14 PM PDT

  •  I believe that he could be successfully primaried (4+ / 0-)

    for NYS governor by the right progressive.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 04:43:22 PM PDT

    •  Good to hear (1+ / 0-)
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      by SouthernLeveller on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 05:24:18 PM PDT

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      •  I think it would have to be someone from downstate (1+ / 0-)
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        upstate is a lot more red, and the safe act has made the R's totally angry, along with D's who live rural and hunt.

        I don't know who;  what do you think of a former governor who was a rising star until he got temporary insanity?

        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

        by weck on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 06:15:17 PM PDT

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      •  De Blasio, maybe? (0+ / 0-)

        Nah, it won't have been long enough. Maybe one or two Dems in the lege, frustrated by his constant enabling of the Repukes in the State Senate, would be willing to put their hands up?

        Maybe Schneiderman would be interested? He sure seems happy to bust Wall Street when he thinks he can.

        "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

        by Australian2 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 05:50:45 AM PDT

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  •  point of clarification... (0+ / 0-)

    ...It's highly unlikely that Cuomo or any Democrat could primary Valesky and replace him with another Democrat.
    The main reason Valesky won his seat was that there was both a Republican AND a Conservative running and he won a plurality in a race where the opposition was split. That is part of the reason, in my opinion, that Valesky has been very careful about creating a moderate image.

    While this entire IDC thing is infuriating to me, as well, it's highly unlikely that Democrats will get anyone much more progressive than Valesky, based on the demographics and history of this seat (Valesky's predecessor, a long-time blue dog Democrat (Nancy Larraine Hoffmann), actually ended up switching to the Republican Party.

    If Democrats decide to turn on Valesky, this seat would most likely go Republican, in my opinion.

    And while Valesky has pissed me off with the IDC, his voting record has been pretty good.

    •  Go after the other three (1+ / 0-)
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      and if you get rid of them, I suspect that Valesky would flip back to the Ds on his own.

      Don't call these racist thugs the tea party, they are *teabaggers*! Please don't insult the original Tea Party as they were patriots. Call them TeaBaggers!

      by TeaBaggersAreRacists on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 09:15:36 PM PDT

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    •  So de-gerrymander the State Senate, then. (0+ / 0-)

      That way, you'll have a majority of actual Democrats.

      "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

      by Australian2 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 05:52:21 AM PDT

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      •  for some reason, Democrats (0+ / 0-)

        decided to roll over and play dead regarding gerrymandering (or, to look at it another way, they did the honorable thing in not trying to misuse the gerrymandering process to cynically inflate their membership in the state legislature (or Congress, for that matter)). Of course, if Republicans were in control, they would have gerrrymandered the heck out of the state.

  •  Valesky (1+ / 0-)
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    Would simply be following in the footsteps of his predecessor Nancy Larraine Hoffman. She switched sides in 1998, but the Rethugs turned on her in 2004 and she lost a 3 way race to Valesky.

    In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    by boriscleto on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 07:51:36 PM PDT

    •  wow. Pretty good memory. (0+ / 0-)

      Nancy Larraine was a fairly solid moderate Dem that simply got sick'n'tired of getting zero done in Albany as a member of the minority party for what seemed like decades.  She was a damned good trooper, but it was time for her to move up the political ladder, and there was no room for her to do that on her side of
      the aisle.  A loss for Dems.

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