I’ve lived in New York for almost 20 years and this morning was the first time I was polled for a primary election. The reason is simple: Andrew Cuomo is running at least a little scared, and, judging from the questions in this poll, he’s especially scared that his running mate, Kathy Hocul, is going to lose to Tim Wu in the Democratic primary September 9.
The Cuomo “safe as houses”, “what, me, a Democrat?”, “throw Western New York a bone” strategy of having someone from the Rochester/Buffalo area as a Lt. Governor made him choose Kathy Hochul as his running mate this time out. His current Lt. Governor, Bob Duffy, former Rochester Mayor and an ideological Republican with a D after his name, declined to run again, probably because Cuomo basically ignored him for his first term. Sadly for the man who will never be President, Cuomo’s belt-and-suspenders strategy ran aground this week, when the New York Times endorsed Wu over Hochul. Hochul is a great conservadem to run in the R+6 district that she won in a tough special election. She’s a terrible Lt. Governor choice in a blue state where Democrats coast to victory in statewide races.
So, Democrats, here’s your chance. As Zephyr Teachout says in every interview (here’s a good one), only about 350,000 voters will pick the Democratic nominee for governor. For once your vote will count. So, vote as many times as possible for the Democrats in the race–Teachout and Wu–or shaddup about that fucker Cuomo for the duration.
BTW, any of youse who want fucking tell me that the Times is a “liberal” paper should read their piss-pants scared “non endorsement” editorial where they couldn’t ovary up and pick Teachout over Cuomo. What a shameful document that is, this part being Exhibit A:
Why endorse no candidate in a major state primary? Here’s how we see it: Realistically, Governor Cuomo is likely to win the primary, thanks to vastly greater resources and name recognition. And he’ll probably win a second term in November against a conservative Republican opponent. In part, that’s because issues like campaign finance rarely have been a strong motivator for most voters. Nonetheless, those who want to register their disappointment with Mr. Cuomo’s record on changing the culture of Albany may well decide that the best way to do that is to vote for Ms. Teachout. Despite our reservations about her, that impulse could send a powerful message to the governor and the many other entrenched incumbents in Albany that a shake-up is overdue.
These fuckers won’t endorse Teachout because she might not win? Yet another example of how pulling aside the curtain of savvy always reveals a status quo chickenshit hiding in the corner. You know what would make it more likely that Zephyr Teachout would win? A fucking New York Times endorsement! Jesus Bieber Christ – I pray to you in my hour of need – spare me from the triangulating turds who run that goddam sorry excuse for a editorial page by visiting upon them fulminating, scabby hemorrhoids that prevent them from ever again sitting in front of a keyboard. Amen.