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Andrew Cuomo announces run for NY-Gov

The Plan from Andrew Cuomo on Vimeo.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) made it official this morning: he's running for governor this fall.

"New York is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance," said Cuomo.
"My campaign is this simple: I represent the people of the great state of New York and we want our government back."

Cuomo's announcement isn't surprising but it is significant.

Cuomo, the son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, has long been expected to run -- a path made more clear by Gov. David Paterson's (D) decision not to seek a full term in the fall.

Cuomo enters the race as an overwhelming favorite. Former Rep. Rick Lazio and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy are competing for the Republican nod.

This will be Cuomo's second run for governor. In 2002, he dropped out of the race when it became clear that he would lose the Democratic nomination to then state Comptroller Carl McCall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2010; 9:26 AM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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It is also great that New Yorkers can finally turn the page on the David Paterson mis-administration by electing Cuomo.

David Paterson proved long ago that he could not govern. “The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report” is an eyewitness account of Paterson’s DYSFUNCTIONAL governing nature.

http://www.politico.com/static/PPM110_demreportfinal.html

This report heavily criticized Paterson’s leadership as Senator Minority leader. His office was criticized for PATRONAGE, LACK OF LEADERSHIP, INDECISIVENESS and INFIGHTING, set against a backdrop of general CHAOS – in other words the office was a ZOO. Those interviewed in the report indicated that its chief of staff the disorganized and inept Michael Jones-Bey had no management skills, and would get DRUNK with staff, often coming in the office with a HANGOVER, and should be fired.

Amazingly, for running such a DYSFUNCTIONAL CHAOTIC office, Paterson picked the disorganized Mr. Jones-Bey mismanage the Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development at Empire State Development Corporation.

Once elected, Cuomo needs to clean out Paterson's staff before more damage is done and more of the wrong people profit from his office.


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Posted by: itkonlyyou77 | May 23, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

cuomo if serious must resign his current job if he is to run...

Posted by: DwightCollins | May 23, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Cuomo is a typical, entitled NY-Gov't apparatchik. There is nothing new with him.

Also still waiting for someone to investigate Cuomo's role on taking on $1 Trillion in dud mortgages for Fannie and Freddie while he was at HUD....

Posted by: pgr88 | May 23, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

..."Givem hell...Mario...and bring the change American's in New York are expecting one they can be proud of and one they can see improve their lives for the good of all who live in the great state of New York!

..."Real differculties can be overcome; "It is only the Imaginary one's that are unconquerable."--Theodore N. Vail

Sincerely, Tommy Birchfield, Voter/Vet USAF
Graduate Student, Masters Program, Professional Studies,
East Tennessee State University/Class/2010

Posted by: ztcb41 | May 23, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Off topic to ddawd: you asked why I thought illegal immigration was a bad thing, and suggested you saw it as mainly a security but less as an economic issue.

A trickle of IAs, I would say, is a persistent security issue.

A running faucet of them creates a socio-economic problem, as well.

They become an underclass, unmotivated by anything but survival, who become a shadow population, uncooperative with law enforcement and often transient, to avoid detection. In large numbers, a significant number of them will form no actual community attachment to the neighborhood, as it will form none to them.

The policies that I suggested, with no amnesty whatsoever, would address these perceived problems. Most IAs would leave on their own, but while they remained, the non-violent and productive ones would not be harassed, and legal immigration would be reprioritized so that immigrant job skills would become a higher priority than family unification. Thus we would get the immigrants who fit our security and economic needs, and we would reduce IAs to a manageable trickle, without busting the budget or reinstating the draft.

Ddawd, I had the sense that you were arguing that IAs do not displace legals in the job market, but rather, expand it. It is my guess that in that you have been correct, but you must include in your analysis the wage depression in certain service businesses that has followed.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 23, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

scrivener50


Obviously the microwaves have gotten you.

...

I don't know.

Despite Washington and the appearance of the dummkopfs who comprise our public defense, we are not a nation of st**** people.

Wouldn't we have a defense against microwaves?

And then wouldn't we turn it back on those who would attack in such manner?

And would THOSE people then be too DUMB to get it ie "you are under attack?"

The mind boggles...

LOL

Chaos is a many splendid thing, but like global warming, it's very difficult for some to define much less accept as driving their own lives and plans...

Heh.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | May 23, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Why announce on the weekend? Is he trying to keep it a secret?

Posted by: GTFOOH | May 23, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Andrew Cuomo our New York Democrat Weapon Of Choice against Republicans in 2010!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Ky5R-vxns

New York Democrats Courting all Independent and Obamacan voters with our very own online concert for all our NY Democrat Candidates!

Bruce Springsteen - Waitin' On A Sunny Day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiCxqhu9cio

Jessica Alba The Stare Response
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmzcKXsllWs

Posted by: cooday | May 22, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Mark, what would you consider the problem with illegal immigration is? I'm not talking about from a security standpoint. Obviously a porous border is an issue in terms of crime, but I'm guessing it's an economic one?

Is it the issue of them taking jobs? That does seem logical at first, but does that mean that the US cannot support an expanding population? Or perhaps it can't sustain growth past a certain rate? Mexicans do take up jobs, but they also consume just like the rest of us. Shouldn't that increase demand for even more jobs? Every year we have tons of high school and college grads entering the work force and this doesn't result in seismic shifts in the economy because they do take up jobs, but they also create demand for jobs as well.

Or is it just a security issue which I think is more valid than the economics issue.

I'm kind of at this dangerous level where I've thought about it more than most people, but haven't thought about it as much as I should. So I'm probably full of crap. Just seemed like an interesting thing to talk about.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 22, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers, et. al.,

I've been lurking for months simply b/c I'm candid-but-non-confrontational, and although the 'atmosphere' is a bit better than in the winter, a lot of the time its been rather poisonous--hence my silence.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | May 22, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"PRESIDENT OBAMA, DELAWARE ATTY. GEN. BEAU BIDEN, DRINDL, NOACOLER ...

...unknowing victims of stealth microwave attack?"


Scriv, hon, I do have a microwave... but I can assure you it has never attacked me. I appreciate your concern, though.

Posted by: drindl | May 22, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Good post, Mark. It's going to be hard to get a "comprehensive" immigration bill through Congress now, as witness Bush's failed attempt, because people are losing faith in the federal government to keep its promises. We went through this on a much smaller scale in the 1980s, and look where we're at today. People are going to demand that the border be sealed FIRST, before anything is done about legalizing those who are already here. Otherwise, they fear, amnesty will be granted, but the part about sealing the border will just never happen.

Posted by: Brigade | May 22, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Illegal immigration is a problem.

I pose that, which miay seem self-evident to some of you, because there are persons on the left and the right [really - think the TX COC] who do not think it is a problem.

I know from my life in TX that most illegal immigrants come looking for work. I know from my life as an employment lawyer that the problem can be minimized by clarifying and regularizing employment law and enforcement. Minimized, but not eliminated. Minimized because if there are no regular jobs for undocs they do, and will, go home - deportation by self choice.

Since the 1960s our legal immigration priority has been "family unification". This is also a problem. The family is defined further than spouses and their minor children. That is too broad.

The first priority should be needed skills [including a bracero program for Ag work in the SW, AND including offering the best foreign sci-tech grad students the chance to stay]. The second priority for the desired workers could be reunion with spouse and minor children - NOT adult parents, NOT sibs. Additionally, we should maintain a refugee program for political and religious victims of persecution, as we do now.

If we rationalize our policies in this way, we will minimize illegal immigration and optimize the talents of those who join us.

And if we do not want "open" borders [to be clear, I do not] we cannot provide "amnesty" to undocs. At the same time, most undocs are productive and law abiding. As they are gradually leaving us under my suggested attrition by no employment, they need not be harassed, unless they commit criminal acts. They should not be afraid to step forward to cooperate with police while they are here.

Both our southern and northern borders are too long to militarize without declaring a permanent state of national emergency and reinstituting the draft. We have substantially upgraded the maintenance of the southern border with good results - there are far fewer illegal crossings than even two years ago. The level of enforcement in TX and CA is higher than in AZ and AZ demands to be attended to.

In the SW, many current undocs would leave and return as bracero applicants if that program were revived. There is actually not enough of an Ag workforce in west TX, NM, AZ, and SoCal to work the land and herds. If we do not reinstitute bracero, we will need a "ranch program" for retraining the American unemployed.:-)

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 22, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"

Nowecant and Hailey Barbour would certainly offer BP,
Transocean and Halliburton legal immunity
from those nasty leftwing lawsuits. GOP answer: it's UnAmerican to
hold BP responsible for their gross negligence and damages to the Gulfcoast. To the GOP BP is a real success story and anyone who objects is a known traitor. Why not just reward BP and punish those left wing Louisiana and Fla. fisherman That is certainly the Rand Paul & GOP way.

Posted by: leichtman1"

Bush and the Republicans were perfectly happy with letting New Orleans die since it's a very liberal city and with a bunch of nigggers to boot. I'm wondering what the deal is with the coastal cities. They are a good bit more conservative and a hell of a lot more white. Seems like the GOP should at least be doing more to help these people even if they want to let NOLA die.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 22, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

PRESIDENT OBAMA, DELAWARE ATTY. GEN. BEAU BIDEN, DRINDL, NOACOLER ...

...unknowing victims of stealth microwave attack?


See "Notes," Facebook -- "Vic Livingston."

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 22, 2010 4:42 PM

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No question about it.

Posted by: Brigade | May 22, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Nowecant and Hailey Barbour would certainly offer BP,
Transocean and Halliburton legal immunity
from those nasty leftwing lawsuits. GOP answer: it's UnAmerican to
hold BP responsible for their gross negligence and damages to the Gulfcoast. To the GOP BP is a real success story and anyone who objects is a known traitor. Why not just reward BP and punish those left wing Louisiana and Fla. fisherman That is certainly the Rand Paul & GOP way.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 22, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The real objective of the immigration group - THEY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT RACIAL PROFILING - their real objective is to GIVE AMNESTY TO ALL THE ILLEGAL ALIENS AND TO OPEN UP THE BORDERS TO EVERYONE IN MEXICO.

You think I'm kidding?

Right before 9/11, the President of Mexico went to Washington and said we should LEGALIZE EVERYONE IN MEXICO TO COME TO THE US TO WORK.


He said that would solve the problem.


Well - we have to be careful NOT to get caught up in some BOGUS DISCUSSION about racial profiling.


Don't kid yourself.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 22, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

TO: 37th & O @ 4:44 p.m.

Me -- and who else?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "U.S. Censors Net Political Speech of 'Targeted' Americans"

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 22, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50


Obviously the microwaves have gotten you.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

PRESIDENT OBAMA, DELAWARE ATTY. GEN. BEAU BIDEN...

...unknowing victims of stealth microwave attack?

See "Notes," Facebook -- "Vic Livingston."

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 22, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1


When Obama and his crew stop their political tactics of falsely claiming racism for POLITICAL ADVANTAGE - then we can stop calling them out.

But apparently this started in the South Carolina primary and it has continued to this day.

THESE KINDS OF POLITICS HAVE NO PLACE IN AMERICA.

Just another reason OBAMA SHOULD BE DEPORTED.


Apparently Tim Russert calling out Obama during the debates was not enough - we still have to live with this crap in America - IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT OBAMA IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

Let's hear you DENOUNCE THESE TACTICS.


I suppose the only way to rid the country of this crap is to VOTE OUT OBAMA AND NEVER ALLOW THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO TAKE POWER AGAIN.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 22, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1


When Obama and his crew stop their political tactics of falsely claiming racism for POLITICAL ADVANTAGE - then we can stop calling them out.

But apparently this started in the South Carolina primary and it has continued to this day.

THESE KINDS OF POLITICS HAVE NO PLACE IN AMERICA.

Just another reason OBAMA SHOULD BE DEPORTED.


Apparently Tim Russert calling out Obama during the debates was not enough - we still have to live with this crap in America - IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT OBAMA IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

Let's hear you DENOUNCE THESE TACTICS.


I suppose the only way to rid the country of this crap is to VOTE OUT OBAMA AND NEVER ALLOW THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO TAKE POWER AGAIN.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


The Washington Post has an article today on the first 50 years of African independence.

Who would have known that the first 50 years of Independence turned out to be the best argument FOR European Colonialism.


EVER.

You should read that article.


You should.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 22, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama is facing increasing criticism for his horrible handling of the Oil Spill -


Obama has no idea what he is doing.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 22, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Queen of Sleaze is going have a tougher time than she thought.


Posted by: drindl | May 22, 2010 3:50 PM
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Don't tell me you're being banned.

Posted by: Brigade | May 22, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

the same old tedious rants.

Posted by: drindl | May 22, 2010 3:47 PM
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Ah, this must be another of those great posts Noacoler doesn't want you to stop. Now that he's been thoroughly discredited, the baton has passed to you. Don't disappoint.

Posted by: Brigade | May 22, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"Hartford, Conn. – Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon won her party’s endorsement Friday night in the first round of ballots, defeating early frontrunner and longtime Connecticut GOP insider, former Rep. Rob Simmons.

Simmons, however, pledged to stay in the Aug. 10 primary despite telling the press throughout the race, and as recently as Wednesday, that he would drop out of the race if he didn't recieve the party's nod at the convention.

McMahon’s win and Simmons’ announcement set Republicans up for a contentious primary this summer"

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37633.html#ixzz0ogosAATn

Looks like the Queen of Sleaze is going have a tougher time than she thought.

Posted by: drindl | May 22, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The Swede posted today! And Gallenod was posting yesterday!

I'm s m i l i n g.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 22, 2010 3:36 PM
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Same guy. Has to be. Haven't Drindl and Broadwayjoe told you? There are really only four or five people who post here---just lots of different monikers.

Posted by: Brigade | May 22, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

the same old tedious rants.

Posted by: drindl | May 22, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Doubtless in the 24/7 news cycle + blogosphere, we'll get some exposé of a (hopefully small) bit of dirty laundry (remember Don Henley's great song?), but it shouldn't derail Cuomo's candidacy.

Certainly with petulant 'Little Ricky' Lazio or Steve Levy as R. candidates, it's a pretty unequal contest, although good for a bit of unintended mirth.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | May 22, 2010 2:18 PM

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Dirty laundry isn't supposed to matter if you're a Democrat. It shouldn't "derail Cuomo's candidacy" or derail Blumenthal's candicacy. But Rand Paul, well that's another matter entirely. I'm surprised he hasn't dropped out already. Broadwayjoe says Rachel Maddow might take over MEET THE PRESS. Three months later, when it's off the air . . . say, is AIR AMERICA still hiring?

Bring back the Fairness Doctrine! WAAAAAHH! No one pays any attention to liberal rants except on these blogs! WAAAAAHH! It's just not fair!

Posted by: Brigade | May 22, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The Swede posted today! And Gallenod was posting yesterday!

I'm s m i l i n g.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Fairlington.

The Bushes, Pauls, Tafts, Romneys, Sununus, Chaffees...

(Other Republican dynasties?)

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 22, 2010 2:04 PM
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I guess the country just can't get enough of those Republicans. They do such good work. Right?

Posted by: Brigade | May 22, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

TO: Shrink2 @11:56 a.m.

The Lockheed-Martin "Littoral Dominance" shield closely resembles the Orion ("the hunter") constellation symbol, which supposedly based on an alchemy symbol denoting a sword piercing the "S"-shaped Milky Way --an allusion to a 26,000-year cosmic cycle that "End of Days" believers think will signal a cataclysmic event in the year 2012.

Could it be that elements among the endless war crowd also are "End of Days" adherents? Maybe why the Gulf oil spill seems "endless?" Just wondering...

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 22, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

TO: Shrink2 @11:56 a.m.

The Lockheed-Martin "Littoral Dominance" shield closely resembles the Orion ("the hunter") constellation symbol, which supposedly based on an alchemy symbol denoting a sword piercing the "S"-shaped Milky Way --an allusion to a 26,000-year cosmic cycle that "End of Days" believers think will signal a cataclysmic event in the year 2012.

Could it be that elements among the endless war crowd also are "End of Days" adherents? Maybe why the Gulf oil spill seems "endless?" Just wondering...

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 22, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Albany is a complete disfunctional disaster.

Cuomo can not fix it.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 22, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

drindl wrote:
"If you mean 'suing' -- yes. Cracking down on corrupt rackets that are ripping of New Yorkers is what we like best about him."

Like I said, let NY sue its way to prosperity and join the ranks of other liberal wonderlands: CA, MI and NJ.

Posted by: NoWeCant | May 22, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"He's been suiging businesses and driving them out of NY for years."

If you mean 'suing' -- yes. Cracking down on corrupt rackets that are ripping of New Yorkers is what we like best about him.

Posted by: drindl | May 22, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Surprise surprise. He's been suiging businesses and driving them out of NY for years. He's the quintessential Democrat (lawyer + demagogue). NY needs him desperately to sue its way to prosperity.

Posted by: NoWeCant | May 22, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Although this announcement was actually a foregone conclusion, it was about time Cuomo finally came out and made it official.

People are always looking for a 'white knight' in US politics. If they're lucky, the flavour of the month turns out to be competent in the role for which he/she has been elected/chosen (in other words, not a Rand Paul), with other, less apparent failings.

Doubtless in the 24/7 news cycle + blogosphere, we'll get some exposé of a (hopefully small) bit of dirty laundry (remember Don Henley's great song?), but it shouldn't derail Cuomo's candidacy.

Certainly with petulant 'Little Ricky' Lazio or Steve Levy as R. candidates, it's a pretty unequal contest, although good for a bit of unintended mirth.

For those questioning the institutional wisdom of political 'nepotism', while I theoretically disapprove of it, may I just point out that there are cases of diminishing returns (the Bushes) and cases of surprising improvements--of which I sincerely hope Cuomo will prove to be the case.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | May 22, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Not Republican, but don't forget the Udalls, Bayhs, Bidens,

I"d have to hunt to think of some more Republican political families. I doubt it's a unique phenomenon on either side of the political spectrum.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 22, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Fairlington.

The Bushes, Pauls, Tafts, Romneys, Sununus, Chaffees...

(Other Republican dynasties?)

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 22, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

A number of people in this country must secretly wish that the US was a Royal Monarchy. What is it with the Cuomos, the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Clintons? Can't we find any candidates from among the population at large. What's next, Chelsea for president?

Posted by: Brigade | May 22, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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It's a good point, though not unique to politics. For example, consider sports. Peyton Manning and Eli Manning are the sons of a great NO quarterback--Archie Manning. I remember when the KC Royals had a great pitcher who was the son of… Larry Bird. Athletics runs in some families.

How about the tradition in many families of military service? You'll find a surprising number of professors who were children of professors (I fall into that category). So many people who take up the family business or put their own twist on it.

Back to politics. I remember reading stories of families where political discussions were a regular at the family dinner table. Some kids grow up eating and breathing politics. It's not that much of a surprise that they're a lot better at it than most. Name recognition doesn't hurt and that's a big factor.

Don't forget, Mitt Romney's father ran for president. I wouldn't be surprised to see Chelsea interested in politics one day. Or not.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 22, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

"A number of people in this country must secretly wish that the US was a Royal Monarchy."

You mean like the Bushes, Pauls, Tafts...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | May 22, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

cuomo seems to want to run like a republican against a democrat...
but it's just talk...
things won't get better...
he says it but he doesn't mean it...
it's all a lie...

Posted by: DwightCollins | May 22, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Compared to Texas, especially, Mark, NY is a strong governor state. We've had some good ones who've made a real difference.

Cuomo is quite popular here, and this should be a walk. Lazio was last seen skulking away from his ignominous loss to Hillary Clinton after a truly lackluster campaign built mostly on whining -- guess he was an early teabagger -- and Steve Levy is a xenophobe who will alienate every city in the state. In fact, he's a joke here already:


"Oh, no! Steve Levy, the Suffolk County Executive so well-known for his extreme anti-immigrant views, is not coming to New York City after all!

The former Democrat-turned-Republican gubernatorial hopeful was expected to take part Thursday in a breakfast discussion of his candidacy sponsored by the City Hall newspaper. But on Tuesday, the event was abruptly canceled.

Too bad, because it could have been the best show in town.

Some believe the real reason for the no-show was the bad press the politically savvy Levy might receive from a planned protest by a large group of diverse city immigrant advocates.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/05/06/2010-05-06_lis_governor_wannabe_steers_clear_of_city_.html#ixzz0ogCRNe6z

Posted by: drindl | May 22, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I watched the clip provided. He makes a forceful presentation, something like an imitation of Al Pacino imitating Mario Cuomo. No one can do what he is proposing to do: freeze taxes and balance the budget, while only seeking to make services efficient, reduce waste, and freeze state employee wages. A Wall Street upturn will help NY, but Cuomo's attack on the bipartisan failure of Albany to provide actual government should play well to voters.

Question for New Yawkers: is NY a strong governor or weak governor state, structurally?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 22, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

A number of people in this country must secretly wish that the US was a Royal Monarchy. What is it with the Cuomos, the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Clintons? Can't we find any candidates from among the population at large. What's next, Chelsea for president?

Posted by: Brigade | May 22, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

What is with the war machine ads?
The littoral dominance warship that changes everything (that Mekong Delta battle a long time ago)? The F-35 fighter? Is there a DOD appropriations bill in the hopper? Are we gearing up for the Persian versus Arab Gulf war?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 22, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Woohoo!!

Posted by: angie12106 | May 22, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I really liked what Coumo said about capping property taxes. Not raising taxes on the state level sounds great, but not if the property taxes are going to go up by 10%. I really dont' know how he is going to do the things he is talking about, but he well probably benefit from the turn around of wall street which should increase NY's revenue over the next couple years. I also think that freezing state employee's salaries is just not fair. State government employees are usually paid significantly less than what they would get in the open market, but they will take less for increased job security. Now it seems they will get punished by freezing there salaries. I don't think that is fair.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 22, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

In other unsurprising news...

Margaret, I know you are too polite to ask, but also that you could barely sleep last night wondering aloud, "What will Dino Rossi do?"

Well in his speech yesterday evening to the Mainstream Republicans (read, business owning, anti-tea party Republicans) he signaled his candidacy in every way possible (wife is 100% behind it, etc.), said to announce formally next week.

He'll start with a primary against Palin's latest, a tea candidate Clint Didier, who has owns a heavily crop subsidized farm. Guess he wants to bite the hand that feeds him.

Anyway, Patty Murray is safe, she and Maria Cantwell make a great pair. Together with Merkley and Wyden and D governors, I don't know why Republicans bother in these parts.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 22, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

So, Saturday morning he had his cup of coffe and said "Dammit, I will run for governor. Call a press conference!"

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 22, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The bar sunk the lowest with Pataki the hack. Cuomo should win in a waltz against that whiny baby Lazio.

Posted by: drindl | May 22, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The bar has been set low for the qualifications of a New York governor. Spitzer, Paterson.
I can only hope that Cuomo the Younger is not the political hack that Cuomo the Elder was, but...

Posted by: JohnRice | May 22, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

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