Ruh-Roh

Andrew Cuomo’s best efforts to knock his Democratic primary challenger, Zephyr Teachout, from the ballot have failed. Cuomo is still the overwhelming favorite but for one thing: primary turnout, which is generally abysmal in New York primaries. Even if Cuomo loses the primaries, the Working Families Party has endorsed him (a decision looking stupider by the minute), so he’ll appear on that ballot line and could still win the race for governor this Fall. Nevertheless, I’ll be voting for Teachout on September 9th, for two reasons: she’s qualified, and fuck Andrew Cuomo. Let me elaborate on that: fuck Cuomo, fuck his corruption, and fuck his middle-of-the-road corporatism in a state where he could be a hell of a lot more liberal.

42 replies
  1. 1
    BGinCHI says:

    I laugh my ass off every time someone on the TV machine suggests he has national aspirations.

    Mario Cuomo had charm and the courage to do some good. His son is like a bad James Caan cover band, circa The Thief.

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    🚸 Martin says:

    I’d vote for her just for her name.

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    askew says:

    Cuomo sucks but she is a joke of a candidate with no real experience. I am not sure I’d trust her to be Governor.

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    Anya says:

    Me tooo! And honestly, I don’t even know anything about her, but fuck Andrew Cuomo.

    ETA – there’s no “middle-of-the-road corporatism.” He’s a full corporatist asshole. Fuck him.

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    Hal says:

    Was she really that much of a threat to Cuomo? It seems silly to draw so much attention to someone just so you can be king of the hill. Looks like he took a page from Chris Christie on how to look like you’re running away with the election.

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    SteveM says:

    Since he’s going to win in a blowout, and since he wants to collect enough corporate cash to run for president someday, let me add: Fuck Andrew Cuomo in advance for approving fracking in New York State, which I assume he’ll do at about 4:30 the first Friday afternoon after the polls close in November.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @BGinCHI: I laugh my ass off every time someone on the TV machine suggests he has national aspirations

    I haven’t followed him closely, but I get the sense that he takes his national ambitions very seriously, kind of like Schweitzer, only with Bizarro Sirotas whispering encouragement into his ear. I wonder if he gets a lot of warm and fluffy receptions on CNBC and from the likes of Bloomberg and The Economist (media outlets I am only vaguely familiar with, but I suspect an “entitlement” “reforming” Democrat would be their just their kind of fellow)

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    BGinCHI says:

    @askew: Because NY state politics has been run by geniuses for so long.

    Hate to break that record.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I bet when he gets near Elizabeth Warren her magical sword that detects Wall Street corruption glows brightly.

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    Lee Rudolph says:

    @Anya:

    there’s no “middle-of-the-road corporatism.”

    Exactly.

    And, PS, fuck Cuomo.

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    chopper says:

    fuck cuomo. fuck him right in the fucking ear.

  12. 12
    MomSense says:

    O/T

    So sorry, but fuck Robin Williams is dead.

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    skerry says:

    @MomSense: Shit. Statement implies suicide.

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    rikyrah says:

    Blame the party for not nominating a credible candidate.

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    🚸 Martin says:

    @skerry: Yep, that’s the vibe I’m getting off of it as well.

    Edit: Marin County Coroner suspects death to be ‘suicide due to asphyxia’.

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    MomSense says:

    @skerry:

    I know. God. This is just really devastating especially for someone who has brought such joy to feel alone and depressed.

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    askew says:

    @BGinCHI:

    No but there has to be some middle ground between corrupt asshole and someone with no governing experience.

    Edited to add: Oh no on Robin Williams. That is horrible. He’s fought substance abuse issues for years.

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    KG says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: I think it’s because he’s governor of New York. California is often like that, and Texas is becoming like that… If you’re governor of a big state, people automatically assume you must be qualified to be president

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    El Caganer says:

    Andrew Cuomo and Willard Romney remind me of each other – in both cases, you look at their fathers and wonder, “WTF happened?”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Wow. I knew he had substance issues, but that’s a shock.

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    The Thin Black Duke says:

    It’s a bitter irony that a lot of comedians are very sad people.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Hey. Join the club. I’ll vote for her too.

  23. 23
    Tim C. says:

    @BGinCHI: I am totally stealing the idea of Warren having a magic sword that glows…

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    rikyrah says:

    @MomSense:

    There was an appearance that he did on The Tonight Show when Johnny Carson was still there that I still remember to this day. I was in tears after it, he was so funny.

    RIP,Robin.

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    efgoldman says:

    I haven’t thought much about Cuomo the younger, not living in NY.
    But the more I learn about him, the less likely I am to even think about voting for him.

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    Kay says:

    The opinion is embarrassing, how desperate they were to find something to stop her.
    She’s obviously qualified as far as residency. It’s not even close.
    It’s funny how this particular “type” of politician doesn’t seem to be as attractive as they were in, say, 2010.
    I put Cuomo in the “Christie” category of corrupt ‘n captured fake tough guys. I think the mayor of Chicago is also in this group I’ve created and he’s not holding up real well either.
    Maybe it was a fad. Let’s hope so.

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    Bob says:

    god-o-mighty, pleasepleaseplease fuck Andrew Cuomo.

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    Groucho48 says:

    The one negative about her running is that if enough folks voted for Coumo on the Working Families line, it could knock Republicans into minor party status, which means they would get little or no say in a lot of internal housekeeping stuff. It would be great if enough people would vote for her that she could come in second, but, I don’t see that happening.

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    SFAW says:

    @rikyrah:

    There was an appearance that he did on The Tonight Show when Johnny Carson was still there that I still remember to this day. I was in tears after it, he was so funny.

    He and Jonathan Winters were (together) on one of Carson’s last shows, might have been the last one where he had guests. It was amazing. Before there was Robin, there was Jonathan, and it’s hard to say whether one was more brilliant than the other.

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    SFAW says:

    @El Caganer:

    Andrew Cuomo and Willard Romney remind me of each other – in both cases, you look at their fathers and wonder, “WTF happened?”

    I was thinking the same thing.

    Mario must be rolling over in his grave.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @KG: If anything, being Governor of Texas is absolutely proof that you’re unfit to be President of the United States. The deserting coward made that abundantly clear.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Groucho48: she is running as a democrat . If she looses, we can vote for him in the general as working families since she isn’t running as a working families candidate I the primary.

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    wenchacha says:

    @SFAW: How much could one guy fuck up? His dad had charisma and charm, and Andrew divorced a Kennedy. Mario is still around, but I hope he tells Andy to STFU sometimes, at least.

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    Groucho48 says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    Ah! Good to know! I hadn’t realized she had filed as a Dem. That means I get to vote against Cuomo after all. At least, in the primary.

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    Arclite says:

    fuck Cuomo, fuck his corruption, and fuck his middle-of-the-road corporatism in a state where he could be a hell of a lot more liberal.

    So, uh, tell us how you really feel.

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    glasnost says:

    Mistermix, this post makes me see starbursts. You nailed it. I’d vote for Zephyr Teachout, Ralph Nader, Hilary Clinton, Evan Bayh and Bernie Sanders (I like him, but just to illustrate breadth) over Mario Cuomo. I would at least think about Joe Lieberman for a second before passing. He’s the only worse Democrat I can think of. Mario Cuomo is an insipiration to abandon the whole party. Fuck him sideways with exclamation points.

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    SFAW says:

    @wenchacha:

    Mario is still around

    This will kill him.

    (Sorry, old movie ref. As was the set-up.)

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    Vlad says:

    Cuomo’s a jackass, but I could never vote for someone as naive as Teachout. That whole “Blogger Code of Ethics” bullshit she was pushing is just a deal-breaker, IMO. Someone with judgment and horse sense that bad doesn’t belong anywhere near the levers of power.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    I’m voting for Teachout. Andrew Cuomo can take a long walk off a short pier (into a section of the Hudson River never cleaned of the PCBs).

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    C.V. Danes says:

    I lost more than a little respect for Working Families when they elected to back Cuomo, especially since he seems to take great pride in bashing liberals. Where’s the courage of your convictions, Working Families?

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    El Caganer says:

    @glasnost: I’m guessing you mean Andrew.

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    JGabriel says:

    Count me as another vote for Teachout. I’m sick of Cuomo screwing Democratic constituencies nearly every chance he gets.

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