Gov. Andrew Cuomo heaped praise on the state’s divided legislature in a radio interview this morning–moments before declaring the flouted effort to pass campaign finance reform “a failure.”
Mr. Cuomo told listeners of the Capitol Pressroom radio program that he was thrilled with the last-minute legislative accomplishments of the Democrat-controlled Assembly and the GOP and Independent Democratic Conference-dominated State Senate before the end of this year’s session today.
“The last few weeks were really a banner period of accomplishment,” the governor told host Susan Arbetter. “We got done, really, amazing work that will make this state a better state. I couldn’t be any happier.”
This comes just weeks after Mr. Cuomo–in order to secure the support of the left-leaning Working Families Party–pledged that he would fight for a Democratic State Senate and that he would consider it “a failure” should public financing of political campaigns not pass this year. When Ms. Arbetter pressed him on his earlier remark, Mr. Cuomo reiterated them.
“I said I would consider that would be a failure, and I stand by that. I consider it a failure from my political view,” Mr. Cuomo said, adding that he never expected the reform effort to succeed. “It’s no surprise that they weren’t done, because those are fundamental political differences.”
When asked what he would do to bring the senate back under Democratic control and pass public financing and other key issues like the pro-choice Women’s Equality Act, Mr. Cuomo said he would rely on the electoral process.
“These are issues the people of New York will have to decide. If they support a woman’s right to choose, they will elect representatives who support a woman’s right to choose,” the governor said. “I am going to do everything I can to elect the people who support the agenda that I support.”