Bill Clinton started his speech at Andrew Cuomo’s fund-raiser last night in the Rainbow Room with a humble thank you to the room full of supporters.
“Thank you for supporting Andrew and for supporting Hillary and Eliot giving us, our state a chance to make a new beginning.”
With only Clinton and Cuomo on a small raised stage, and a gaggle of reporters penned in velvet-roped cage, Clinton went on to say:
“One of the attorney general’s functions is the ability sue the federal government when the state is getting the shaft. And I think that’s important. The third thing I want to say, and I want all of you to support Andrew and Eliot in this. In my opinion, in most of the state largely because of the politics of the state legislature in this area, and its interface with a lot of things that have happened around the state, New Yorkers don’t always get what they pay for from the state and local government. I can say this. I’m not running for anything.
“I live in Westchester county and we pay the highest taxes in America and we’re happy to pay them because I think we have good schools, but there’s lots of other things that the people ought to have throughout this state that can be given if you support them in the kind of searching re-examination of all the functions of government that we did on the national level that we did when we reinvented government.”
About 10 minutes into the speech, when the speech turned to national politics and Clinton’s record in the White House, the furious pace of note-taking by reporters seemed to have slowed down.
In the entire 19-minute speech by Clinton, Hevesi’s name never came up. As soon as he finished, Clinton stepped off the stage and went straight into the crowd.
“Where’s Andrew?” someone in the crowd asked.
“He’s in the corner,” another person noted.
Clinton, the one-man show, posed for photographs and chatted with anybody who would listen about foreign affairs. Reporters, who wanted to ask the only president to be impeached in recent memory what he thought of the state comptroller who may be impeached, were ignored.
After about 20 minutes of this, Clinton and Cuomo reunited and left the room together, which is when everyone else started to leave…except for a few aides, reporters and bartenders.
— Azi Paybarah