I used to live in Chicago, where my Grandfather was often quoted as saying, “Trow da bum out!” He was referring to the illustrious long term Mayor Richard Joseph Daley, whom he considered the embodiment of Chicago’s political machine. I guess that machine was pretty well oiled as he never was thrown out, and subsequently he was succeeded by his son Richard M. Daley who was elected to the post of Mayor in 1989. The lines were delivered in a booming basso-profondo voice liberally seasoned with a thick German accent. I often wonder what he’d have to say about New York Politics.
It’s going to be an interesting few months here in the Empire State, home of the infamous NYSAFE Act. I suspect that by the time the dust clears we will be looking at what’s shaping up to be a nasty nasty mid term/gubernatorial campaign.
About a month or so ago the Anti-Republican, presumably pro Cuomo bunch, quietly began running short mud slinging ads during the prime morning shows like “GMA” and “Live with Kelly and Michael,” (wonder who they are targeting?) aimed at impugning the Republican candidate, Rob Astorino. Anyway, these ads, and I have to give them credit for some amazing editorializing photoshop work, feature a really horrendous photo of Rob Astorino and accuse him of all kinds of corruption. (Sorry you’re gonna have to take my word for this, I’ve searched but can’t find the photo)That ad has already been replaced with a Christmas themed ad implying additional give aways to staff and his own coffers. During prime time, we are seeing all sorts of ads extolling Cuomo’s excellent record of creating jobs, and saving New York’s bacon on every front conceivable. Guess you’ll just have to take his word for this too!
The funny part of this is that while all of this is going on, some of the main stream media are having a feeding frenzy over Cuomo’s little gordian knot, a brouhaha regarding his illustrious Moreland Commission, while others are oddly silent.
“On July 2, 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed the “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption” under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State.” New York State’s Official Website
The short version is that, with much fanfare, Cuomo, ostensibly delivering on a campaign promise to cleanup NYS politics, appointed a commission to investigate NYS Governmental improprieties regarding campaign finance and influence peddling. Well, once the investigation got too close to home (all roads lead to Albany and the Governor’s office) he suddenly pulled the rug out once he lost control of the “Independent Investigation.”
Well now he’s really lost control of the investigation because it has been picked up by Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, and in a really beautiful twist of fate, Bharara at one point worked for Cuomo’s dad!
“Mr. Bharara, who grew up in New Jersey, learned politics from two masters. As a young man he was an intern for Mr. Cuomo’s father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo. And he later served as chief counsel for Senator Charles E. Schumer, whose relationship with Andrew Cuomo is not close.”N.Y. Times, Cuomo’s Back-Room Style Draws a Potent Critic By SUSANNE CRAIG, THOMAS KAPLAN and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM JULY 31, 2014
To say that Second Amendment advocates here in the Great Empire State are saddened by our leader’s current problems would be to understate the case immeasurably! For more information on this terrific story, check out this link;
N.Y. Times, N.Y. / REGION Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission By SUSANNE CRAIG, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and THOMAS KAPLANJULY 23, 2014
Yes they really are stories in the NY Times! The Grey Lady is running it’s very own investigation into the matter and so far it’s not looking good for Cuomo. Who’da thunk it?
At the same time right now web searches for corruption charges against Astorino yield basically nothing but a low level story on Politico regarding a “complaint!”
“A New York prosecutor’s office is reviewing a request for an investigation of GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino over a messy lawsuit relating to a minor party and allegations that he made threats over an endorsement he didn’t get.”
Read more at Politico:
This story is gaining momentum. This along with the very serious anti-Cuomo sentiment among the strange bedfellows of educators (who can’t stand his core mandates) and the Second Amendment Advocates (who can’t stand his NY SAFE Act) , as well as upstaters in general who believe that he panders to NYC and “Down State Interests” (and pretty much can’t stand him in general), our friend Andrew may be facing more of an uphill challenge than he signed on for. Personally I sure hope so!