Reading the Times

This seems hard to believe, but here’s Andrew Cuomo‘s response this afternoon to my question about the Times endorsement of Mark Green:

“I didn’t read the editorial yet, so I’m at a loss.”

It hit the doorsteps of New York Times subscribers yesterday and was the topic of conversation all day over here.

“Perhaps he’s on a mission to Mars,” Green said when told of Cuomo’s remarks an hour and a half later at his press conference about – what else – that Times endorsement.

In it, the paper noted:

As he left HUD, Mr. Cuomo’s operation produced a 150-page report of his accomplishments that included a CD and pictures of the secretary with celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker. It cost the taxpayers a whopping $688,000 to produce what amounted to future campaign fodder.

“I don’t know what they were referring to. I can check and Wendy can get back to you,” Cuomo told me, referring to his spokeswoman, Wendy Katz.

She emailed around 3 p.m. to say:

“The report documents the more than 100 programs at HUD and was funded from the official budget congress allocates to the federal agency for the purpose of publishing reports on the agency’s programs.”

When asked if he read the endorsement by then, Katz said he was campaigning in Brooklyn and wasn’t with him.

Azi Paybarah