No Mo' Cuomo, Please
If Andrew Cuomo is planning on running for re-election in November, he shouldn’t expect to win with his current policies. I’ve been split on Cuomo for months, but the deliberations are over now: Cuomo needs to go.
First, some credit. Governor Cuomo did take action on gun violence with the NY SAFE Act. Even if you do not agree with his actions, gun violence is certainly a problem in the country, and he did something to try to improve it. However, within progressive circles, this is not what he is known for. For months, people less torn than I have decried Cuomo, and I must now join their ranks.
Society of the Machine
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Politico recently ran a story titled, “The Rich Strike Back,” where they pointed out how Cuomo has opposed and killed New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s plan to increase taxes on the rich. The article went on to refer to Cuomo as “Wall Street’s newest hero.” His other common nickname of “Governor One Percent” is no more flattering, and Cuomo’s latest budget proposals do nothing to make him look better either, as he continues giving tax cuts for the rich at the expense of continuing cuts in areas like education. His policies have been so un-progressive, that billionaire Ken Langone started a group called “Republicans for Cuomo,” although I feel any grassroots support aspect of this group will be a distant second to its campaign contributions.
So the question becomes, to whom is Cuomo appealing? Liberals are lining up at his office to protest his refusal to ban fracking and his refusal to raise taxes on the rich. Conservatives were never going to vote for him, and especially not after he famously said extreme conservatives “have no place in the state of New York.” And those comments came after conservatives were already criticizing him for his gun control efforts. So who is going to vote for him?
New York State
Politico On Cuomo
"Mayor de Blasio’s hopes to increase taxes on the wealthiest got blown out by Wall Street’s newest hero, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo."
For too long Democrats like Cuomo have skated by on an implicit argument that their base has no choice but to vote for them, lest they see a Republican fill the seat, and the base has had no choice but to accept this argument. This was a major factor in how President Obama won re-election, as he, like Cuomo, enacted policies which angered his own base, but they felt they had no alternative. I by no means am saying I personally want to see the next governor of New York be a Republican; but I am saying that it is past time for both parties to become more populist in their policies. That, however, starts with removing money from politics, in my opinion, which is a topic all its own.
Of course, it’s still too early to be making predictions about the 2014 elections, but Cuomo is certainly putting himself in a precarious situation. Instead of fighting De Blasio, perhaps he should take a page from his book and become more populist. And, if we are to take any hint from De Blasio’s election, Cuomo’s biggest challenge will not be from a Republican in the general contest, but from someone on the actual left wing of his own party in a primary.
Republicans for Cuomo
Politico On Cuomo
"Gov. Cuomo swiftly made clear that the universal free pre-kindergarten education proposed by de Blasio would indeed become a reality. But it would be paid for by the state and not by any new tax on New York’s richest, as de Blasio promised. Cuomo also has set himself up on the side of charter schools — which run on a mix of public and private funding — and in opposition to de Blasio, who said he would slow the growth of charter schools and oppose their use of space in traditional public school buildings.
Langone, for his part, is now head of a group called Republicans for Cuomo."
How Do You View Andrew Cuomo (Generally)?
Let Me Clarify
After writing this article, it occurred to me that I came across as if I was making a prediction that Cuomo would lose this upcoming election. However, I have no idea what the results will be. If a strong, populist, candidate throws his/her hat into the ring, then I think Cuomo will lose; however, I'm not sure whether or that candidate will arise. Unfortunately, money is what decides these elections--about 95% of the time. Someone like Bill Deblasio can overcome that because despite not having the reach of some of these corporatists, his ideas are powerful enough to garner votes. However, if a moderate runs, then he/she will be drown out by money. Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised if Cuomo wins the upcoming election, I'm simply pointing out that if he does, it will be based mainly on name recognition and apathy, not because he was a good politician or had good policy.
How Would You Rate Governor Andrew Cuomo's Performance?
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