Vote for Who, Not the What?

An old piece of New York political folklore surfaced at the Stonewall Democratic Club’s meeting last night, The Observer’s Nicole Brydson reports, where Andrew Cuomo took a question on his father’s 1977 race against Ed Koch, and the famous slogan: “Vote for Cuomo, not the Homo.”

It’s been whispered for years — without, as far as I’ve seen, any evidence — that Andrew was involved in that savory piece of politics, and Cuomo tried to put it to rest.

“Not true,” he said. He also questioned whether posters with that slogan ever existed.

(Koch thinks they did, writing in Newsday in 1999 that “posters were hung up and down Queens Boulevard which read: ‘Vote for Cuomo, not the Homo.’ We never knew who it was.”)

Also — despite some questions about his stance that gay marriage isn’t currently legal in New York State — Eliot got the club’s endorsement, a sign that he’s probably fairly safe on this flank.

And Azi has a comprehensive rundown of the meeting, including a round of raucousness that might (pace Sean Patrick Maloney) be interpreted as “Vote for the Homo, Not the Cuomo.”