Green on Cuomo and Cuomo

Can an overwhelming win at the Democratic State Convention be a liability? The Mark Green’s campaign folks certainly hope so, sending out this polite reminder of a certain candidate’s past statements:

WILL THE REAL ANDREW CUOMO PLEASE STAND UP?

ANDREW CUOMO, 2002

· “I want this campaign to originate with the people of New York, not in a convention hall … I want to be the candidate who’s placed on the ballot by the people.”

· “Therefore, I announce today I am not going to seek the designation from the party delegates but rather will embark on a ‘people’s campaign’ …. And this way when I raise my hand to take the oath of office, the only debt I will owe is to the people of the state of New York — and that’s the way I want it.”

· Being the designee of the party is like the “kiss of death.”

· “I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in the Convention as a predictor.”

ANDREW CUOMO, 2006

Democrats should unite behind the convention’s “designee” and avoid a avoid a costly primary. (But didn’t he run against Carl McCall for a year? Didn’t he say that “designees” never win? Didn’t he denounce corrupt bosses in 2002? Is he now “indebted” to county bosses who engineered his designation? )

— Anna Schneider-Mayerson

Green on Cuomo and Cuomo