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While Andrew Cuomo has a positive approval rating there is no real intensity to that approval. Only 37 human beings actually like him enough to have given him any money in July, two months before his primary. Panhandlers in Times Square get more donors in a day.  That's just not intense. It is, in fact, pathetic.

'Approval' is just misleading in his case. It is too coarse a measure. And - as word of his bullying shutdown of the Moreland Commission circulates, even his 'approval' is slipping.

All the approval number tells us is that he is at least superficially acceptable to voters.  He's not Eliot Spitzer. He's not David Patterson. Ads promoting New York and Cuomo are always running. People are aware of him.

But there is no actual intensity in his 'approval' ratings among New York's voters. They don't like him enough to give him money.  They sort of accept his presence. They don't yet see any alternative.

That may change.  Zephyr Teachout is a credible progressive Democratic alternative to Andrew Cuomo.  Yesterday she defeated his bullying attempt to keep her off the New York Democratic Primary Ballot. Today the New York Times called for Democratic Primary Debates between Teachout and Cuomo. (Editorial: "A Teachout Moment") Her candidacy needs your advocacy.

(This is an update of my last diary: Nobody Likes Andrew Cuomo)

Thirty-seven donors in the period from July 12 to August 4. That's just sad.  Makes me want to send him a card or something.  Maybe get him a coupon for a vacation at Bebe Rebozos, I don't know.

Zephyr Teachout - his almost unknown challenger - had well over 300 donors in the same period. She's the real deal.  She's making campaign appearances across the state - when Cuomo isn't even taking questions from the press but once a week.  Cuomo's bullying scared off all known New York politicians, so we only have a Rumsfieldian dilemma before us - (a known known, and an unknown).  

But Teachout- a nationally respected law professor - said she'd ban fracking on day 1 of her administration, work for fair public school funding, and publicly financed campaigns across the state.  She's impressive on the air - Chris Hayes has had her on.

Now of course Cuomo raised more money in July. His already at $30 Million war chest symbolizes how immoral the system is - huge contributions from the super rich and people who want to do business with New York State. He's the governor of the 1%.

And no elected democrat has defended his abrupt, cynical, and possibly illegal shutdown of the Moreland commission. Senator Gillibrand 'doesn't know enough'; NYC Mayir de Blasio: 'Not familiar with the details'.  Etc, etc.  Democratic elected officials don't like Andrew Cuomo either.

There are 28 days until the primary.
Tell your friends to learn more about Teachout.  She's for campaign finance reform. She's against fracking.  She's for fair funding for public schools, not privatization.
Tell your elected representatives you want to see a debate.
Tell your newspaper and TV stations, you want a debate and you want to see them ask him if he is going to Israel right now to avoid a debate.

Nobody likes Andrew Cuomo; there is an alternative but we need to spread the word.

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  •  Blue America endorsed Zephyr Teachout (8+ / 0-)

    There's nothing I'd like more than to send that smug prick Cuomo packing, but I think it's strongly against the odds this cycle.

    Still it's worth putting up a fight. Digby announced the Blue America endorsement yesterday.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:31:35 AM PDT

    •  It's always worth putting up a fight (7+ / 0-)

      when it's a fight for the soul of the Democratic Party.

      A long time ago, I made a pragmatic decision. As long as this country is operating under its present structure of government, we're always going to have a two-party system (maybe not the same two parties, but first-past-the-post elections tend to create bipartisan structures). Therefore, I decided that if I wanted to make this country more like I want it to be, I needed to work inside the Democratic Party, however flawed it may be.

      It's not always easy, and at times it can be downright disgusting, but slowly, slowly, things are getting better in my county's party organization. What is easy, and not at all disgusting, is supporting Teachout-Wu in this primary. I can't tell you the last time I felt this good about a candidacy. And if you object by saying, "She can't win", I'll tell you, I don't care. Even if he wins another term, as I expect him to, Andrew Cuomo needs to know just how much people don't like him.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:05:30 AM PDT

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      •  Admirable (4+ / 0-)
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        That's exactly the spirit and rationale for staying with the party.

        "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

        by Demi Moaned on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:14:31 AM PDT

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        •  Thank you, but (1+ / 0-)
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          as I said, it was a pragmatic decision. I realized that if I wanted to make change, I had to focus on where the power flows to. So my primary political goal has been to pull the Democratic Party to the left, far enough to the left that it resembles the party of 50 years ago. I doubt that will happen in my lifetime, but I think it will happen if enough of us work hard enough for it.

          I have friends and political allies of more than 40 years who have conducted nearly all their activism either in third parties or outside the party structure entirely. I don't think they've made much of a difference in the big picture.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:30:15 PM PDT

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  •  Progressives United has endorsed Zephyr Teachout (5+ / 0-)
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    Russ Feingold's PAC Progressives United has Endorsed Zephyr's run for governor back on August 7th.
    I have contributed a small amount of money to her campaign and I will be voting for her and Tim Wu in the New York State Democratic primary election.


    Below find the text from an email I received from their campaign with a link to a petition asking for a debate with Cuomo. Please sign her petition.


    Five years ago, I took a job teaching law at Fordham and I couldn’t have been more excited to move to New York. I love New York and over the last five years I’ve lived in neighborhoods all over the city.

    Instead of campaigning, I spent all day yesterday in a Brooklyn courtroom proving I’m a New Yorker. The Governor is desperate to avoid a primary, so much so that his lawyers have dragged me into court challenging my residency. It's a ridiculous challenge and a serious waste of taxpayers' money.

    Instead of debating the issues, we’re debating what neighborhoods I lived in. I have a proposition for the Governor: When we win in court, and we will, I think he owes us a series of public debates on the issues facing New York.

    Will you sign and share my petition calling on the Governor to participate in a Democratic Primary debate.

    The Governor doesn't want to defend his record to Democratic voters and I wouldn't want to if I were him either. There's a reason Republican donors and elected officials are some of his most ardent supporters: he made Albany work for the wealthy and well-connected. When it comes to passing trickled-down Republican policies, he'd give most Republican governors a run for their money.

    Please sign my petition today.

    http://www.teachoutwu.com/....

    - Zephyr

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     Zephyr for New York · 225 Broadway, Suite 1902, New York City, New York 10007

  •  Lancing that boil would provide some welcomed (4+ / 0-)
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    relief from this constant barrage of republican ideas being implemented by the DINOs.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

    by Greyhound on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:55:04 AM PDT

  •  At the Pride Parade in NYC in July... (3+ / 0-)
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    When Cuomo came marching down the street, to golf claps (apparently, just for showing up), I stared right at him with both thumbs down.
    With all the thousands of people lining the street, he locked his gaze on me, trying to stare me down.
    While our eyes were locked, I yelled "Sellout!  You're a sellout!"
    I thought it was interesting that he kept looking at me, trying to intimidate me with his stern gaze of disapproval until he passed.
    It was an awesome moment.  I kept thinking that he must know his time in office might be nearing an end...

    "Dissent is the Highest form of Patriotism." Tommy J.

    by Dissentinator on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:43:38 AM PDT

  •  Thankful that the Times is waking up. (5+ / 0-)
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    Public debate is the best incubator for public policy. Regardless of a candidate's "chances," the opportunity for there to be public debate is too valuable to simply let go of due to one candidate's perceived inevitability.

    “The aim of mankind should be to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”--Edith Hamilton (1867-1963)

    by cinepost on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:57:43 AM PDT

  •  There is still some question about her residency (1+ / 0-)
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    Granted New York is well known for not caring that someone is not from New York, or even bothered to live there for more than a few years before trying to fill the highest Government office.

    Fact is she did not move into New York till November 2009, and won't meet the five year requirement till November 2014.  As she never planed on sticking around NYC for the first few years (as seen by her constant moves from sublet to sublet)

    Still it is a moo point, as the Koch Brothers have bought and paid for Cuomo, and he is only interested in running for president.

    Stupid question hour starts now and ends in five minutes.

    by DrillSgtK on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:18:19 PM PDT

    •  well she won the lawsuit, tho' there is still the (2+ / 0-)
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      appeal

      •  That's the awful New York system. (2+ / 0-)
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        On the surface the laws seem reasonable.  But they have vagueness and are designed so that the wealthy and the incumbents are fine but the challengers end up in court draining them of money and chances to campaign.

        For a "progressive" state we have some really regressive electoral laws.

        "Heretics are the only remedy against the entropy of human thought.” ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

        by Taget on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:47:58 PM PDT

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    •  Well, as Teachout put it on the radio earlier: (1+ / 0-)
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      "Where was Cuomo before he ran in 2002 against McCall?  Living in DC."

      As far as the question of her residency - even if the Nov 2009 date was accurate, it's moot because she'd meet the 5 year requirement in January when the new term starts.  AFAIK, that's what matters.  However, her own records reflect her moving into a NYC apartment before the term started at Fordham during the summer of 2009 - and the judge agreed.

      There's not really a question here.  The real issue for Cuomo is likely that his internal polling of likely Democratic primary voters shows he might have a problem.  He hasn't done shit to go after Credico, who will also be on the primary ballot running against him and barely had the minimum number of signatures needed to get on it - and therefore likely would have been easy to knock off the ballot by challenging his petitions.

      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.

      by Darth Stateworker on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:09:58 PM PDT

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    •  You aren't right on the facts or NYC living... (0+ / 0-)

      First of all, she started teaching at Fordham in August 2009 and moved in June- the presiding judge found the facts sufficient to state that.

      Second, anyone who has tried to find a place to live in NY knows how hard it is, and sublets are often a way of getting your footing at a (relatively) affordable rate while you're looking.  

      Finally, getting a tenured faculty position at a New York law school is pretty much a dream job...that by itself was really enough to suggest to me her intent to stay.

      http://livingthedream.org

      by janosnation on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 11:50:03 AM PDT

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  •  His low number of donors (1+ / 0-)
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    should surprise no one.

    He never really puts out a call for small dollar donations, because he gets plenty of large donations from people like Ken Langone and David Koch.

    For a Democrat, he sure does get a lot of money from those who usually donate to right wing causes.  That should tell the people of this state a lot - if they actually cared to pay attention.  But they don't.

    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.

    by Darth Stateworker on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:02:01 PM PDT

  •  FYI Teachout has 3200 donors now! (0+ / 0-)

    We're kind of pleased with ourselves. Blue America, PCCC, Progressives United, and Larry Lessig's Mayday.us PAC all helped.

    If you are in New York - join us for these last weeks of campaigning!

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