Opinion: Worst kept secret

By Former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

Barring some weird and unforeseen event (which this year is not out of the question!), Hillary Clinton is headed for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States.

However, there is one prominent Democratic Party Governor who while publicly supporting Mrs. Clinton is privately rooting for her to lose. That would be our very own Andrew Cuomo. Mr. Cuomo is a man of considerable political skill and unlimited ambition. Now at age 57 he knows better than most that the election of a Democrat as President in 2016 would virtually dash any hopes that he has to run for President before 2024 and by then he will be eligible for Medicare and it is likely that his political star will have eclipsed.

In many respects, the younger Cuomo has more political drive than his iconic father Mario… but not nearly as much of his dad’s authenticity, charm or eloquence. Andrew relies on calculation and raw political maneuvering to propel his reputation and prospects. And with a political season this year that has had more twists and turns than a James Patterson novel, Andrew Cuomo is trying to figure out how to stay ahead of the political winds of change. He wants desperately to run for President and just as desperately wants out of the mire of Albany politics. So he is angling in every way possible to remain relevant in national politics.

Two years ago he ran for re-election as a tough minded fiscal conservative eschewing any tax increases whatsoever, and in fact capping local property taxes no matter what the consequences might be to municipalities or school districts faced with rising costs mostly beyond their control. This year as he watched the populist rise of Bernie Sanders he has swerved to the left loudly supporting a rise in the minimum wage to $15 which he ridiculed as “undoable” just a year ago. And he has embraced other hot button liberal issues as well. All the while stealing the thunder from his more liberal foil Mayor Bill de Blasio.

It is not that I think that Andrew Cuomo is wrong on those issues; it is just difficult to keep up with his agenda. It is like a road map that zig zags across the terrain. I do not question his positions as much as his motives. It has an air of expedience, even hypocrisy. While promoting public campaign financing for elections in New York and to rid the system of oversized contributions, he nonetheless has raised more big money from wealthy donors and special interests that any candidate or sitting governor in the history of the state. Once an avid supporter of Common Core education standards, he has since backed away. He dithered for four years on fracking until after he was safely re-elected.  He claims to want to elect a Democratic Party majority in the State Senate but works behind the scenes to maintain the Republicans in power to keep the liberal Democrats in the State Assembly at bay. Who says you can’t have it both ways?

So when Andrew Cuomo stumps for Hillary Clinton in the fall, as he will to score points with the Party faithful. (Check to see if his fingers are crossed behind his back.) If Mrs. Clinton loses, look for Andrew Cuomo to not run for re-election again in 2018. No, he will have his travel log set for places like Iowa, New Hampshire, Illinois and Florida. Should Cuomo not run again that will set off a domino effect in Albany for the statewide offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and maybe even Comptroller.

And if the deck does get reshuffled while Cuomo is trolling for national votes in the Midwest keep your eye on a couple of local political stars from our very own backyard such as State Senator Brad Hoylman and term limited Councilman Dan Garodnick. These are both individuals who could have a statewide future.

And while there is still a Presidential election to be decided this year, remember as Tip O’Neill famously observed, “All politics is local!”

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15 thoughts on “Opinion: Worst kept secret

  1. He screwed tenants so badly last year when the RS regulations were up for renewal that I wouldn’t vote for him if he were running for Dog Catcher. He is a vile piece of work. There was so much he could have done to help us and he just spat in our faces. At least DeB helped by appointing tenant-friendly people to the RGB and we got a rent freeze. I hope those same friendly people are still on the Board this year!

    • Yeah, isn’t it a coincidence that his sharp turn to the left didn’t occur until AFTER he rewarded his Big Real Estate donors (and screwed over a million NYC tenants) with continued weak rent regulations.

      Andrew personifies the old joke… How can you tell a politician is lying? Look for when their lips are moving.

  2. “keep your eye on a couple of local political stars from our very own backyard such as State Senator Brad Hoylman and term limited Councilman Dan Garodnick”

    Huh? Garodnick was “term limited” in 2013. Now he’s just “limited”. No one in HIS backyard is gonna be fooled again by this guy.

    • I would never again vote for Garodnick. What a fraud and phony. All he’s done for the PCVST tenants is hijack the TA and send loads of money to his old law firm, Paul Weiss Rifkind & Co. He turned the TA into a wannabe owners association and did absolutely NOTHING for the benefit of tenants here. The TA followed his lead and didn’t even have the basic decency to get involved when a tenant had to battle CW by herself over unlivable toxic conditions. I hope Garodnick just goes away and stays away. The TA should do likewise.

      Don’t know about Hoylman. Never really heard much about him except he was on board with that hideous Quinn creature when it came to giving St. Vincent’s to Rudin.

      • I’d lay dollars to doughnuts ALL the vile. corrupt, Democrats get re-elected, or newly elected to a higher position. Including Cuomo and Garodnick. NY is a cesspool in which voters reward the corruption of their elected leaders as long as the perception that they (the Democrat voters) will get their kickbacks remains. Does the term Obamaphone mean anything to you?

        • Fred, I think that ALL NY politicians are corrupt. Remember Joe Bruno? The RE cabal dropped to their knees in front of him. (Read that any way you want!) Political corruption is The New York Way.

        • True that. However, the Democrats are the ones who claim they are for the people and are fighters of corruption. That just isn’t true!

        • I take that back. Shelly Silver is all alone in prison as Joe Bruno was acquitted in 2014. Charges were proven to be false.

  3. Davis Smith missing from Lafayette LA dob 1/19/1964. Contact numbers his sister Pat 337-330-2204 sister Janice 337-254-8084 sister Rose 214-545-2929 PLEASE help him call home. Much Love

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