Permanent Campaign vs Permanent Government

When Andrew Cuomo ran unsuccessfully for governor four years ago on a platform of breaking up Albany’s paralytic power structure, here’s what he said:

“One of the overwhelming feelings I’ve had over the past year and a half is that New Yorkers feel isolated and removed from their government and that it doesn’t represent them. They feel it represents the corporate and special interests, and I want to say to them that I understand that feeling, I hear it and that I’m addressing it.”

“I’m running against a culture of dysfunction in Albany.” (Thank you, Fred Dicker.)

Right message, wrong year.

Here’s what he told me today about the possibility of the new crop of officials bringing real reform to state government:

“What you are hearing in this election is that the people are demanding change, the people are saying enough is enough. The state government doesn’t work — it’s dysfunctional. The politicians who don’t get that are not long-term politicians.

“You’ll see the politicians who choose to stay in power following that mandate for change.”

–Jason Horowitz