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Andrew Cuomo on stage, giving speech
He should have his own ticker on the NYSE.
Just in case anyone was wondering who owns NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...
Cuomo, who hasn’t even served out one term, has raised 2,251 donations of $10,000 or more from bankers, hedge fund managers, real estate moguls, health care magnates — on and on.
He is Wall Street, incarnate. But does he have a little bit of Main Street in him?
On small donations, the contrast is striking, too: 7 percent of Pataki’s funds came in donations of $250 or less. For Cuomo, that number is less than 1 percent, giving a whole new meaning to the slogan “We are the 99 percent.”
So now all eyes turn to the Working Families Party, as they'll have to decide what to do by the 30th when their state party committee meets and decides on endorsements. Cuomo wants their seal of approval. The WFP activists want war and the chance to earn major-party status in New York (while relegating the GOP to third-party also-rans). The unions who bankroll the WFP are afraid a pissed-off governor would hurt their business with the state.
If they don’t endorse the governor, [WFP] party supporters worry he may try humiliate them, or punish them, as governors are wont to do when endorsements don’t go their way.
If that's what Cuomo is thinking, he might want to take a look at how that turned out for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. And if WFP endorses Cuomo? I'm not in the business of giving advice to parties that are mine, but if they did, what exactly would be their point?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed May 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM PDT.

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  •  who gets triangulated first (3+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, SparkyGump, Mannie
    If that's what Cuomo is thinking, he might want to take a look at how that turned out for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. And if WFP endorses Cuomo? I'm not in the business of giving advice to parties that are mine, but if they did, what exactly would be their point?

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Wed May 28, 2014 at 12:39:22 PM PDT

  •  WFP doesn't have an access ramp to the GWB (0+ / 0-)

    do they?

    Hope not...

    Baby, where I come from...

    by ThatSinger on Wed May 28, 2014 at 12:41:26 PM PDT

  •  I'd love to see the WFP pick another candidate (1+ / 0-)
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    But I'd also be pretty surprised.
    Not many political groups seem to like taking chances these days, and they see sticking with Cuomo as the safe choice.
    If they piss him off he can make trouble. If they just go with him, what do they lose? He's going to win whether they endorse him or not.
    Personally, I don't understand the point of even having a separate party if you're just going to accept the Democrat each time, but NY politics has has frequently baffled me.

    •  The Working Family Party has more influence (3+ / 0-)
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      fat old man, mightymouse, winkk

      (though never much) when the parties have more parity. Because Cuomo (and Spitzer before him) absolutely trashed the Republicans in the last 2 elections, their support hasn't meant that much.

      And they don't accept the Democrat each time. They support Republicans as well.

      Hillary Clinton's Liberal Ranking

      by tigercourse on Wed May 28, 2014 at 12:49:25 PM PDT

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    •  Daily News reports WFP is Eyeing Diane Ravitch (1+ / 0-)
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      From the DN report:
      If she runs, Ravitch's candidacy would put a spotlight on charter schools, one of the issues that appears to be a source of conflict between Cuomo and the Working Families Party.

      Like the many of the party's leaders, Ravitch is an opponent of charter schools.

      "Billionaires like privately managed schools. Parents are lured with glittering promises of getting their kids a sure ticket to college. Politicians want to appear to be champions of 'school reform' with charters," Ravitch wrote in the Los Angeles Times last year.

      "But charters will not end the poverty at the root of low academic performance or transform our nation's schools into a high-performing system."
        -- Daily News

      I don't know her party registration.  If she is a registered Dem, she could both primary Andrew and accept the WAFP line if offered.

      If she is a WFP registrant, she could only challenge the Gov in a Dem primary with the very unlikely permission of the Dem Party, under the Wilson Pakula law.

      I may know more tonight.


      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Wed May 28, 2014 at 02:40:17 PM PDT

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  •  repeating my previous comment... (1+ / 0-)
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    thanks - keep hitting Cuomo on this…

    "You are what you write, not what you look like."

    by PHScott on Wed May 28, 2014 at 12:52:45 PM PDT

  •  Cuomo's win is not a given. (0+ / 0-)

    I hate hearing/reading that he is going to win. The Righties are pissed at him for the SAFE Act, and the Lefties don't like his pro-fracking stance.
    The voters in general don't like him.

    I am concerned the GOP might actually line up a viable candidate against him. Someone more likable who says the right things.
    I want a solid, bold Democrat to challenge Cuomo. And I want her/him to win.
    He has not an iota of the good will his father held while in office. By many accounts, he is a mean, spiteful, petty tyrant. It would be good for NY to see the back of him.

    Lead with love. Forgive as a reflex.

    by Gentle Giant on Wed May 28, 2014 at 01:05:35 PM PDT

    •  Last I saw (1+ / 0-)
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      Gentle Giant

      He was crushing Astorino in the polls, and he has a gigantic campaign fund. No Democrat has shown any inclination to challenge him, and I would be shocked (though pleased) if the WFP runs someone to oppose him.
      I don't see how he loses this unless the probe into him halting the Moreland Com. turns up something embarrassing.

    •  Pro-fracking? (3+ / 0-)
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      Justanothernyer, Gary in NY, winkk

      That would be news to the oil companies.  His slow-walking of the decision doesn't exactly scream "pro-fracking".

      •  Kinda. There's little doubt he's pro- (0+ / 0-)

        Fracking.  He would love to start up the Frackers tomorrow!  But, politically he can't.  And, hopefully that political pressure from the Left continues to keep the Frackers out of the Catskills and Adirondacks until
        a TeaPub is elected Governator here.

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        by winkk on Wed May 28, 2014 at 10:32:21 PM PDT

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    •  You're right the right is pissed about SAFE act (0+ / 0-)

      If you haven't spent any time upstate, you might not realize how much this has energized gun rights activists.  There's a lot of hate out there over this, to a degree I haven't seen on any other "wedge issue" that political parties use to energize public opinion. I see yard signs that have been out continuously since last year, printed by a variety of organizations, bumper stickers, hand-painted signs, etc., all in opposition to the SAFE act, calling Cuomo all sorts of bad names.

    •  Ron Astorino (0+ / 0-)

      Is the Republicon/Tea Party candidate.  NY would join other red states if Astorino is elected, especially since he already has the endorsement of Carl Palladino and Donald Trump.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

      by Rosalie907 on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:05:51 PM PDT

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  •  I'm opposed to Cuomo (3+ / 0-)
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    fat old man, Bob Love, Gary in NY

    but I'm not sure your comparison with Christie is apt.

    Christie won as a Republican in a Democratic state, and he won big. He won big because the Democrats didn't back their own candidate. And now he is losing because of things he did after the elections.

    Cuomo is a Democrat running in a Democratic state. He will win big if the Democrats back their own candidate; he will only face competition if a lot of Democrats support someone else. And, while he is odious, I haven't seen anything like BridgeGate with regard to him. If you have, I'd love to hear it.

    NY needs a good liberal Democratic leader. Cuomo isn't that person.

  •  Just a thought... (0+ / 0-)

    In the tags would it be appropriate for DINO to be added?

    Or is that foregone conclusion?

    "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

    by wxorknot on Wed May 28, 2014 at 01:28:28 PM PDT

  •  I'm starting to get the feeling (2+ / 0-)
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    Thinking Fella, winkk

    that Markos doesn't like Andrew Cuomo very much.

    Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

    by Anne Elk on Wed May 28, 2014 at 01:32:40 PM PDT

  •  Word is that de Blasio is lobbying for Cuomo (0+ / 0-)

    behind the scenes for the WFP to support Cuomo.

    If so that sucks. An alternative might wake Cuomo up, though I doubt it would make him start behaving like a Democrat.

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

    by Bob Love on Wed May 28, 2014 at 01:57:04 PM PDT

  •  the only thing (0+ / 0-)

    this cuomo has in common with main street is he shows it contempt and not respect.

  •  I will not vote for Cuomo. (0+ / 0-)

    If there's not a sensible alternative to this corporate "democrat," Coumo, I won't vote for any candidate. New York needs a progressive governor. Blue Dog democrats are really Bob Dole republicans in all but social issues. Kinda sorta just like Hillary.

    •  Hillary is no Bob Dole. She may not (0+ / 0-)

      be all that "progressive," but name one that is from Governator on up.
      There's Bernie (really a socialist), maybe Franken (who's no Wellstone), Warren, and... and...
      I'm prolly leaving out one or two, but you get the point.  And, I'm no big Hillary fan, but she sure as hell beats the alternative (including most Dems that may choose to engage her in the Primaries).

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      by winkk on Wed May 28, 2014 at 10:53:01 PM PDT

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  •  Maybe in a twist on r@tf&cking (0+ / 0-)

    we should endorse Mr C and try to convince him to start acting like a Dem.  The alternatives all seem toooo odious be it voting R (I can't even bear to write it) or for some third party and electing an R.  Elect enough liberal Dems and we can impeach him later.....(all said from my comfy Florida perch).

    Republican Alternative - The Ultimate Oxymoron

    by pholkiephred on Wed May 28, 2014 at 02:34:01 PM PDT

  •  More like a bowel movement. (0+ / 0-)

    Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

    by Matt Z on Wed May 28, 2014 at 03:17:35 PM PDT

  •  You can't expect to vote for faux Dems like Cuomo (0+ / 0-)

    or Clinton and expect Lib/Dem/Progressive legislating. They are GOP-lite, thru and thru, and beholden to the same 1% Big Money.

  •  Cuomo is a paper tiger - maybe 2000 real donors (0+ / 0-)

    In that amazing NPR story cited, it says Cuomo got 1% of his 33 million from donors of $250 or less.

    Say that's $125 average (don't really know).

    Then 1% x $33,000,000 = $330,000

    And $330,000/ $125 = 2000 real donors

    To compare BO had ten million plus small donors. This guy can't even get ten thousand.

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