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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has a long history of betraying Democrats.

For me, the final straw is Cuomo's eleventh hour sellout to the charter school lobby.  I hope someone runs against him in this year's primary for Governor.

Why don't I like the charter deal? It's not just me.  Last fall, and after 12 years of Bloomberg's veiled Republicanism, New York City elected Democrat  Bill de Blasio in a landslide.  De Blasio won 73% of the City's vote. Among many things he said in his campaign De Blasio promised to end Bloomberg's favoring charter schools over neighborhood schools. Cuomo's bill nullifies the City's election.  

What's wrong with the charter deal? Besides the insult to the City's voters,  there was the cynical last-minuteness of the deal.  There was no public debate. The provisions were added to the budget deal on Friday, conveniently avoiding any major news cycles. And the budget was passed on Monday. (And seemingly just to emphasize the attack on the City's voters and the Mayor, the provisions affect only New York City and no other school district in New York State).

As to its substantive injustice: the deal gives new charter schools priority for space over the 1,000,000 kids in already overcrowded neighborhood and other regular public schools - effectively codifying Bloomberg's divisive strong arm administrative assault on neighborhood schools; and the bill unfairly exempts charters from paying rent.  

From the NY Times:

“This is a land grab, a power grab,” said Diane Ravitch, an education historian who endorsed Mr. de Blasio during his campaign. “They loved mayoral control when it was Mayor Bloomberg, but now it’s a progressive mayor, and they’re gutting it.”
More by about the charter deal from Laura Clawson and even me.

Other Attacks on Democrats

As for his history of betraying Democrats see last month's "Andrew Cuomo following Joe Lieberman path to presidency (from a guy named Kos).   I keep a copy in my wallet.  And this week there's Andrew Cuomo is just trolling now.

Here's a brief list of some of Cuomo's other betrayals of Democrats. He has not really helped fellow Democrats win the State Senate - indeed 5 State Senate Democrats caucus with the Republicans with no apparent consequence; Cuomo hasn't banned fracking and instead appointed a commission to 'study'  (and maybe to stall until after he gets re-nominated?); and he has refused to really work for campaign finance reform - getting it done for only one statewide office (not his).  

Conclusion

I'm looking for suggestions - who should primary him?

I'll run a poll after we have some names.

Trailers at IS 125
NOT A CHARTER SCHOOL -
"Children entered a trailer at Intermediate School 125 in Woodside, Queens. The debate continues about how to make more permanent buildings for students. Credit Michael Kirby Smith for The New York Times "
March 31, 2014

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  •  aside from his proclivities (2+ / 0-)
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    tommymet, weck

    Anthony Weiner actually was a good congressperson

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 07:51:23 AM PDT

    •  he was a scary mayoral candidate (2+ / 0-)
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      milkbone, Aquarius40

      In the course of the campaign he wanted to subsidize security systems for private schools - a giveaway to religious blocs; and once he denied that the west bank was occupied - pandering at its finest.

      But that's just my take.  he'll be on the list.

    •  He was a media hound... (1+ / 0-)
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      rexxnyc

      ...great at delivering Democratic religion in speeches and interviews.  But otherwise he was an ambitious back bencher preening for his next gig.

      While what he did was far less serious than Spitzer it was more lurid and out in the open.  And no one really knows whether it has even really ended.  He'd be a sideshow of a candidate and any comeback for him is going to start at the bottom in something like a city council seat.

      The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

      by Taget on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 09:35:24 AM PDT

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  •  This was why I voted for Spitzer. (7+ / 0-)

    Since his run for Comptroller was just meant as a stepping stone to possibly challenge Andrew Cuomo.

    I like State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli since he is one of the few Democrats who ever stands up to Andrew Cuomo.   Which of course is why this happened.

    http://online.wsj.com/...

    Plus unfortunately DiNapoli and Eric Schneiderman are tainted by their peripheral involvement in the Vito Lopez scandal.  They both had to approve the legality (even if not the ethics) of the sexual harassment settlement negotiated by state assembly leaders.

    The answer is no one will.  And if someone steps up and somehow gets the necessary signatures they may find themselves stuck in court spending every cent they raised to avoid being tossed off the ballot.

    The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

    by Taget on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 08:02:49 AM PDT

    •  no ones hands are clean (2+ / 0-)
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      Taget, petral

      I assume DiNapoli and Schneiderman can't run for two offices at the same time.

      Maybe Spitzer should try.  Scott Stringer (who beat him) is a good guy too.

      •  I think Stringer would be seen as too (0+ / 0-)

        "City."  I don't think he would get the support of nearly enough upstaters.

        •  I thought he was too Manhattan (0+ / 0-)

          to beat Spitzer (though Spitzer is but a shell of himself)

          Scott just needs a few pictures of himself out stalking bunny rabbits, or sitting in a perch with a crossbow

          And maybe some ice-fishing shots, with a thermos and a bottle of Yukon Jack

        •  He couldn't get traction when he was running for (1+ / 0-)
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          Sylv

          mayor so he was practically handed the comptroller office. I think a city council member or two were planning on running put were told not to which is why I was happy that Spitzer stepped in. I'm over these back room deals and cakewalks to office.

      •  Stringer wants to be Mayor. (1+ / 0-)
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        petral

        He'll have a tough time though.  Ruben Diez Jr is certainly running. And I'd be surprised if Tish James and Melissa Mark-Viverito didn't also give a race a go as well once diBlasio is done.

        Stringer's too cautious to take a stab against Cuomo.  He already pulled back from the Mayor's race last year because he was afraid of Christine Quinn.  And Andrew Cuomo is a hell of a lot scarier.

        The key will be the Working Families Party and whether they are their union friends are done being abused.  They are the ones who can get ballot access (in both the general the Democratic primary) and can provide organization.  Unfortunately the best they can do outside of a novelty celeb (like say Alec Baldwin) is an unknown city official.  Be it an NYC councilperson or the Mayor of small town upstate.  Or a union head.  Which is why it is is not a bad bet that they will fold too like they did in 2010.  Here is an old diary which explains what happened.

        http://www.dailykos.com/...

        The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

        by Taget on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 09:21:38 AM PDT

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    •  I agree. (0+ / 0-)

      Give me Spitzer back in the Executive Mansion...  In a heartbeat.

      I really could care less about his sexual escapades, and when it comes down to it, he's likely the only Democrat in New York right now with enough name recognition to even have a chance...

      ...Unless Bill Clinton decided he wanted to be governor.  But even then, Cuomo is a 3rd Wayer directly from the Clinton camp, so little would change.

      So yeah - give me Spitzer.  I'd gladly pull the lever for him in a primary.

      "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

      by Darth Stateworker on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:13:59 AM PDT

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  •  I like Schneiderman. (3+ / 0-)
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    weck, VirginiaJeff, Taget

    I would think the Vito Lopez scandal will be a fading memory. Heck, de Blasio came out of the Vito Lopez back room and it hasn't hurt him. Anecdotally, people I know are starting to view Councilman Steve Levin (Vito's former chief of staff and defender) in a whole new light and like what they are seeing so the Vito stench may not linger on Schneiderman.

  •  It's not just Charter Schools (4+ / 0-)

    It's the whole education enchilada, including Common Core and standardized testing, that Dems, including Cuomo, DFER, the Obama administration, have been pushing.

    Bill DeBlasio won big on his education views which are progressive.  He didn't toe the party line.

    Republicans will be attacking every Democrat from now to forever who goes along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation federal education policies which include Bush's NCLB and are capped off by Obama's Race to the Top.

    Here's an example from Rob Astorino on what Democrats have to look forward to:

    "After speaking at length with my wife Sheila, who's a special education teacher, my children will join with thousands of other school kids statewide in refusing to take the Cuomo Common Core test."

    "Surely it was tested on a wide scale somewhere, you ask - right?" Astorino said. "Nope. This is the test. Our kids are the test, yours and mine."

    "You know where Cuomo's Common Core came from?" Astorino said. "It came from Bill Gates - the computer guy - who is theorizing on what's best for our country's future."

    •  democrats are going to lose on this at some point (3+ / 0-)
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      dicentra, LIcenter, Darth Stateworker

      we swallow the Republican b/s - Ted Kennedy co-sponsored NCLB

      and now we have Arne and Rahm and Andy all the other tools pushing the baloney and it doesn't work,its never worked, it was always just a con to not pay taxes

      and when it all collapses - the Republicans blame...Democrats

      Rand Paul will be a strong candidate for this and other reaons (he is right on the military industrial complex, too)

      •  exactly (0+ / 0-)

        A con to privatize education.  They have us all tied up trying to keep Social Security safe from the pirates and in the meantime public education is being taken over by profiteers.  Another example of the Republicans getting what they want and letting the Democrats take the fall for it.   It's classic.

      •  Meh. (0+ / 0-)

        Let's not give Rand too much credit.  For everything he's right about, he's wrong about 100 other things.

        Basically:  even a broken clock is right twice a day.

        "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

        by Darth Stateworker on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:21:58 AM PDT

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        •  I'm just saying don't understimate his appeal (1+ / 0-)
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          Darth Stateworker

          on the issues where he's right
          - NSA
          - defense spending
          - some of the school stuff
          - legalized marijuana

          All that stuff begins to add up, esp. to young people who thought their job was done when they'd voted for Obama in 2008 and  why wasn't the world fixed by 2010

          •  As I've seen someone else explain (0+ / 0-)

            Rands/libertarian populism amongst the young before:

            "I totally got libertarianism.  Then I grew up."

            Some college kids will be naive and vote for the tool.  Many others will figure out he's a tool and they won't.

            IMO, he has no chance of getting a landslide of young voters like Obama did.  None.  I don't think it's worth fretting over.

            We'll lose some of the youth vote to him, but it won't be any more than we lost to his father in 2012 - who largely sat out the election whining that WrongPaul was "robbed" of the GOP nomination.  Yes, I realize there is a sliver of truth to that, but the point is, people tend to far overestimate the portion of the youth vote he got.  Rand won't get much more than that, because he still comes across as wingnut crazy to most sane people, even wet behind the ears college kids who want to smoke their weed without being harassed.

            "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

            by Darth Stateworker on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 03:45:24 PM PDT

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  •  After this latest fiasco, it's very clear to (1+ / 0-)
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    me that the 1% of NY'ers have captured the City and Albany will do everything they can to help that process along. I believe that if anyone could change things, it would be Schneiderman but he won't do it.

    It's a total disgrace that might make me not want to vote in the race at all.  I would never vote for a Republican but I feel really uneasy about voting for Cuomo for re-elction. He has totally shafted the city's public schools.  I heard today that Astorino will campaign along side Donald Trump (!!1) upstate against gun control. What a stupid move on his part!  I believe that Cuomo's Dem support is "soft" and that Astorino could capitalize on that.  However, hanging out with "the Donald" is pretty much a deal breaker.

    •  Do you put any blame on the thousands of (0+ / 0-)

      parents who send their kids to charters?

      New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

      by AlexDrew on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 11:57:51 AM PDT

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      •  I think they are pawns, don't you? (1+ / 0-)
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        petral

        I understand that from some schools they were required to attend the 6000 person rally in Albany - presumably at risk of having their kids kicked out - just Romney's coal miners.  And their schools closed for the day.

        The real blame is on Cuomo - who got $800,000 in contributions from the charter lobby (that doesn't pay rent) and other politicians.

        And the media which fell for a $5 million ad campaign that was run against de Blasio's policies in January.  Coordinated with orchestrated press coverage attacking de Blasio for trying to protect the children in 3 neighborhood schools after we've had hundreds of closures and co-locations.  Where were these people when that was happening?

      •  Who are generally parents (1+ / 0-)
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        terrybuck

        in poverty-stricken areas simply trying to get their kids into something different and break the cycle of poverty?

        No.  The parents, misguided as they are, are only trying to do what they think (and have been endlessly told by the charter lobby) is best for their children.

        I don't blame them for that one bit, especially since most of them tend to be very unsophisticated voters in the first place, and hence are easily susceptible to charter propaganda.

        A real liberal knows the answer lies not in charter schools, but in breaking the cycle of poverty.

        But you've never been much of a real liberal Alex.  Just an agitator.

        "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

        by Darth Stateworker on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:26:35 AM PDT

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        •  Is there a survey I can take? We probably (0+ / 0-)

          disagree and tactics, not goals. I think charters will fade a way, but I want choices/options within the public system.

          New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

          by AlexDrew on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 04:14:00 PM PDT

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      •  Here is the thing about charters. (1+ / 0-)
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        The idea of having specialized schooling programs and facilities within a pubic system is a great one.  And something with potentially great benefits to the kids who go to them.

        That is why the magnet schools in New York City are so popular.  And it is done within the pubic school system with unionized teachers and has great results.

        But no one wants to spend money building more magnet schools.  But they are willing to spend it on charter schools.  Even if they pretend they aren't spending anything.  And that was the great farce of the Bloomberg administration.  If a school was given a bad principal AND was being renovated and given new and better facilities you knew it was being prepared to be given a charter co-location.

        In theory a charter system could work.  If it was made to work in a way like magnet schools where it worked with rather than against the rest of the school system. But as implemented by Bloomberg it just sucked resources out of schools that needed them desperately so that a for profit could profit.

        And that was what De Blasio was trying to fix.  Not end charter schools but taming them.  Instead Cuomo has bizarrely inserted himself into something where he doesn't belong.  And into something where he probably has little care in the world besides polling data.

        If he REALLY wanted to help he could allocate funds for new school buildings the city could rent to charters.  That would be a fair compromise.  But that is not what Andrew Cuomo was looking for.  Just to kneecap someone he views as a rival.

        The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

        by Taget on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 09:08:12 AM PDT

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