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Nassau County NY DA Rice is throwing punches back at rival Schneiderman….

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Kathleen Rice is the candidate to beat going into the September New York State Democratic Attorney general Primary…

While Andrew Cuomo…

The Democratic front runner and probably next Governor  has pushed Rice…

During a straw poll last month she came in first place among five candidates….

When Cuomo tried to get the other guys out of the picture …..

Other democrats complained….

So the other guys are still in the game…

Eric Sneiderman, a New York State Senator,  has been Rice’s most vocal foe…..

And Rice knows that she must answer his attacks and not let him define her as a reformed Republican from Nassau  County Long Island……(She WAS a Republican back in the day )….

Rice is the only DA in the race….

She gained the job in her first run by being tough on drunk drivers..

She has mellowed in office….

And has on occasion explained to crowds the Dog has been at that ‘locking up everyone …isn’t the answer to every problem’….

The Dog believes she’ll be a fine Attorney General for the State of New York…..

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, the lone woman in the five-way Democratic field for Attorney General, swung hard at rival Eric Schneiderman for saying she fought against key portions of the Rockefeller Drug Law reforms.

Rice also accused the state Senator of political folly as the legislature gets set to vote up or down on a budget extender bill that, if shot down, would prompt New York’s first-ever government shutdown.

Her pushback via letter came a day after Schneiderman, who’s running with the progressive mantle, challenged her to a debate over the laws that many activists feel are draconian. Schneiderman said Rice had lobbied against moving sentencing for non-violent first-time felony drug offenders away from prosecutors to judges.

Her answer yesterday to him said she “looked forward” to debating the issues and said she supported the reforms.

But today, her team accused him of taking her words on the sentencing reforms out of context.

“While your decision to engage in political attacks in the hours before state government, at least, imposes sweeping cuts to families and neighborhoods across the state, remains the most troubling portion of your actions, the factual inaccuracy of your attack also raises serious questions regarding the integrity of your campaign,” her team wrote, accusing him of “egregious distortion” of the facts.

“District Attorney Rice has always supported reforming the Rockefeller-era drug laws. In fact, as the top law enforcement official in Nassau County, District Attorney Rice implemented the key principles of the reforms long before the legislature chose to take action,” the letter said.

She also included a separate letter from 2006 to back up her statement.

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June 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Andrew Cuomo's 'other half'…..

[ Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee]

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is single…

But not unattached….

The divorced father of three daughter’s……

By Robert Kenndey’s daughter Kerry Kennedy…is involved with the ‘Food Channel’s’ blond Sandra Lee…..

The man hasn’t had any recent… ‘no name’ companions…..

The New York Times does a nice piece on the childless, 43 year old, Ms. Lee….

And the world she will enter as a the ‘other half’ of one of the most visible Governor’s in America….

That world will include …..

Security Details, Media attention, Gossip and a loss of privacy…….

The Dog believes that Andrew Cuomo isn’t planing to stop at Governor….

Doing her show for the Food Channel is going to be get away time for her once her guy assumes the Governorship….

Cuomo is said to be very fond of Ms. Lee, who gets along very well with his daughters…..

The girl WILL have to marry him someday……

Ms. Lee, the companion of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, has invited his young daughters onto her Food Network show to bake cupcakes. “Good job, sweetheart!” she exclaimed after Mariah, one of Mr. Cuomo’s 15-year-old twins, expertly applied icing.

She takes Mr. Cuomo’s mother, Matilda, antiquing in upstate New York, and bakes brownies for Mr. Cuomo’s staff.

She has even become a rallying cry in the attorney general’s office. When Mr. Cuomo is flustered by a bureaucratic logjam, he is known to complain that the hyper-organized Sandy “could have gotten this done already.”

Mr. Cuomo rarely talks about Ms. Lee in public and is eager to shield her from the slings and arrows of the campaign trail.

But she is expected to join him for a kind of political coming out when he announces his candidacy for governor about a week from now. Their relationship of five years has already put her at the center of a political dynasty and raised the possibility that the state’s next first lady will be a celebrity chef, decorator and party planner whose wealth and star power outstrip that of the governor himself.

Even in New York, where Mr. Cuomo has run for statewide office twice, Ms. Lee is just as likely as he is to show up on television or stroll across a red carpet.

Or to be recognized on the street. A woman recently approached Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Lee on the street and gushed about Ms. Lee’s recipes. “I just made your cupcakes,” she said. The woman seemed to barely notice Mr. Cuomo.

Friends said that Ms. Lee, 43, had started to imagine how her life would change if Mr. Cuomo won, and the kind of role she would play if he were to become governor.

Brooke Johnson, the president of the Food Network, recalled asking Ms. Lee whether a campaign would leave her with less control over her time. She replied, “If it happens, supporting Andrew will be a top priority.”

She may think so…….But, She has NO idea what she’s getting herself into…….

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May 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | 8 Comments

Andrew Cuomo’s ‘other half’…..

[ Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee]

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is single…

But not unattached….

The divorced father of three daughter’s……

By Robert Kenndey’s daughter Kerry Kennedy…is involved with the ‘Food Channel’s’ blond Sandra Lee…..

The man hasn’t had any recent… ‘no name’ companions…..

The New York Times does a nice piece on the childless, 43 year old, Ms. Lee….

And the world she will enter as a the ‘other half’ of one of the most visible Governor’s in America….

That world will include …..

Security Details, Media attention, Gossip and a loss of privacy…….

The Dog believes that Andrew Cuomo isn’t planing to stop at Governor….

Doing her show for the Food Channel is going to be get away time for her once her guy assumes the Governorship….

Cuomo is said to be very fond of Ms. Lee, who gets along very well with his daughters…..

The girl WILL have to marry him someday……

Ms. Lee, the companion of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, has invited his young daughters onto her Food Network show to bake cupcakes. “Good job, sweetheart!” she exclaimed after Mariah, one of Mr. Cuomo’s 15-year-old twins, expertly applied icing.

She takes Mr. Cuomo’s mother, Matilda, antiquing in upstate New York, and bakes brownies for Mr. Cuomo’s staff.

She has even become a rallying cry in the attorney general’s office. When Mr. Cuomo is flustered by a bureaucratic logjam, he is known to complain that the hyper-organized Sandy “could have gotten this done already.”

Mr. Cuomo rarely talks about Ms. Lee in public and is eager to shield her from the slings and arrows of the campaign trail.

But she is expected to join him for a kind of political coming out when he announces his candidacy for governor about a week from now. Their relationship of five years has already put her at the center of a political dynasty and raised the possibility that the state’s next first lady will be a celebrity chef, decorator and party planner whose wealth and star power outstrip that of the governor himself.

Even in New York, where Mr. Cuomo has run for statewide office twice, Ms. Lee is just as likely as he is to show up on television or stroll across a red carpet.

Or to be recognized on the street. A woman recently approached Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Lee on the street and gushed about Ms. Lee’s recipes. “I just made your cupcakes,” she said. The woman seemed to barely notice Mr. Cuomo.

Friends said that Ms. Lee, 43, had started to imagine how her life would change if Mr. Cuomo won, and the kind of role she would play if he were to become governor.

Brooke Johnson, the president of the Food Network, recalled asking Ms. Lee whether a campaign would leave her with less control over her time. She replied, “If it happens, supporting Andrew will be a top priority.”

She may think so…….But, She has NO idea what she’s getting herself into…….

More……..

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | 8 Comments

Andrew Cuomo will wait till May 25th New York Democratic Convention to declare for the NYS Governor job….

The Dog thought he could as late as June…But May 25 is just a week and a half from now and few days before June…..

Look for a few things to happen right after….

First …He gets the spotlight….

Second ….He goes under the microscope…

Third…..Everyone forgets about Paterson…The current governor….

Fourth…..Cuomo is asked about every major decision Paterson has to make from now on….

Fifth…..Mario Cuomo ( Andrews Dad ) gets more media attention…

Sixth…..He, he, he Bill Clinton will be asked if he supports Andrew since Andrew worked for him at HUD…

Seventh…..Lazio and Levy will begin to aid attacks at Cuomo…

Eighth …… Cuomo’s numbers will come back down to earth…….

Stay tuned……If Lazio is the GOP nominee….. things are over……

If Levy is the GOP nominee things are gonna get CRAZY…CRAZY…..and MORE CRAZY!

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomoplans to formally declare his candidacy for governor on or about May 25, when the state Democratic Party convention begins, according to three supporters who declined to be named.

The supporters, who together have donated or helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for Cuomo, each said they spoke with him about the strategy and asked to remain anonymous out of concern they not appear to be breaching a confidence. Each said Cuomo, 52, wants to wait until the eve of the convention or the three-day meeting itself to announce his plans.

Josh Vlasto, a spokesman for Cuomo’s campaign, wouldn’t comment. During the past several months, as Cuomo stepped up his fundraising efforts, he has refused to state his intentions for this year’s election. At an April 20 briefing for reporters on a lawsuit against state Senator Pedro Espada Jr., Cuomo said there would be “plenty of time” later to discuss politics.

“It’s a good move because it will present him with a united Democratic Party that will nominate him by acclamation, and it gives him a period of time in which he’s less of a target for the Republicans,” Hank Sheinkopf, a New York-based political consultant, said in a telephone interview. “He’ll be able to enjoy the good press he’s getting now and realize his campaign on his own terms and in his own time.”

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May 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

Cuomo is quietly backing Rice to succeed him as New York State Attorney General…..

If Andrew Cuomo becomes New York State’s next Governor ……as most of us think he will…….

Then the last two New York Attorney General will have moved up to become Governor……

With that in mind …..

We have begun following the AG race in New York State..

We have had an upstate Democratic straw poll in which Kathleen Rice came in second after Eric Dinallo…..who is a political new comer …who worked for Eliot Spritzer…

The fact that Nassau County DA Rice came in second has not gone unnoticed around the state….

That fact has been boosted by the common knowledge that Rice is now being pushed for the State AG  position by Cuomo…who is more that 30 percentage  points above Republican’s Lazio AND Levy….The two would-be GOP challengers for right to run against Cuomo….

Oh, Yea there’s more…..

It seems that New York City Mayor Bloomberg has HIS guy lining up for a run at the Governor’s job also….

That is Staten Island  DA  Dan Donavan……..

A note to Mr. Donavan…..

Bloomberg just bearly got reelected after spending $130 Million…..

The last person Bloomberg backed for anything was Harold FFord, Jr.for the New York State Senate seat….

And he never got out of the gate!

Good Luck Mr. Donovan…..

You’re gonna need it…..

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and soon-to-be gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo appear to be lining up on opposite sides in the contentious battle for New York state attorney general.

Mr. Bloomberg is strongly encouraging Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, a Republican, to enter the race and is prepared, once Mr. Donovan announces, to endorse him officially, people familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Cuomo’s political team, meanwhile, is quietly urging Democrats to unite around the candidacy of another prosecutor, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, according to state Democrats.

The race to succeed Mr. Cuomo as attorney general has emerged as one of the most closely watched contests this year, as Mr. Cuomo prepares to pursue the governorship.

With two of the state’s most dominant political figures staking rival ground, the stage is set for a proxy war over control of an office with national influence.

Mr. Donovan, who is expected to launch his bid in the coming weeks, is surrounding himself with Bloomberg aides.

Bradley Tusk, Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign manager last year, is a top strategist, and Virginia Lam, a former press aide to Mr. Bloomberg, has been tapped to handle communications for Mr. Donovan.

Howard Wolfson, a deputy mayor, said Mr. Bloomberg believes Mr. Donovan has done an “outstanding job” as district attorney and would “make a great statewide candidate.”

In an interview, Mr. Donavan acknowledged that Mr. Bloomberg has been “very supportive.”

How about this Cuomo dance around the truth by staff….

A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo’s political team said the attorney general has not settled on a candidate to support in the race. A spokesman for the Rice campaign said the district attorney “would obviously be thrilled to have his endorsement,” but declined to comment further on the possibility.

And then this…..

Ms. Rice’s second-place finish, ahead of two more established rivals, was seen by Democrats as a sign of Mr. Cuomo’s helping hand.

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May 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Cuomo's of New York…..The Father and the Son……

[ Andrew M. Cuomo with his parents, Mario and Matilda Cuomo, in November 2006, when he won the race for state attorney general. ]

The history of New York State lists Mario Cuomo as one of its great Governors…..

A smart, Queens, Italian-American guy, who can talk and think quickly on his feet…and a great philosopher……

Also the father of a smart and ambitious son..who would become a HUD secretary for Bill Clinton…who would marry into the Kennedy family…And would also try to run for New York State Governor once…And mange to back out twice…and in the process piss a lot of black politicians and quite a few which ones also….

Andrew Cuomo is now running for the NEw York Governors job…again….

This time he hasn’t announced yet…..

But he’s more than 30 points ahead of any GOP challenger….And the Republican’s are in a fight for who will run against him….

One guy got ran over by Hillary Clinton a decade ago….the other just quit the democratic party to run as a Republican and as his nature…is in a scrappy fight in his new party already…

Barring a major snafu…..

Andrew Cuomo will be the Empire states next Governor….

Here’s piece on the Father and the Son….. Cuomo…

Get used to them America…..

The Dog feels  Andrew ‘s last political stop isn’t Albany…..

Now 52, Andrew M. Cuomo has his eyes fixed on claiming his father’s old job in Albany, and, perhaps, finally emerging from his considerable shadow. Mario Cuomo is edging toward his 78th birthday and is no longer the most influential voice in his son’s circle.

But the relationship between father and son is as loving, tangled and laced with competitiveness as it ever was. And Andrew’s race for governor looms as a new test of this most intriguing hybrid of a political and familial bond.

Mention one to the other these days, and the Cuomos’ eyes roll and their voices slide sardonic; they rely on friends and reporters to convey their (mostly loving) jabs at each other.

“I am a huge fan of the Cuomo family, but they are very challenging,” says Michael Dowling, who served as Mario Cuomo’s chief health adviser. “The intonation, the Jesuitical style of questioning; you close your eyes and one sounds like the other. The closer you are, the more they love to debate.”

Father and son talk multiple times each week, kibitzing, arguing, conspiring, and the former governor still calls old associates in Albany on his son’s behalf. “He asks, ‘How do you think Andrew is doing? What do you hear?’ ” says a lobbyist and a longtime Cuomo associate. “You can hear his concern.”

Mario Cuomo agreed to be interviewed for this article and offered a reporter a strategy for persuading his son to do the same. (“Andrew likes to be in control,” the former governor said. “So you call his office and say, ‘Look, I know Andrew doesn’t want to talk. But The Times, you know The Times, we are going to do this piece with or without you. You don’t want that to happen. You want to have your say.’ ”)

Andrew Cuomo, after talking it over with advisers, declined to discuss his relationship. Then his father stopped talking, too.

Well here’s the New York Times piece and if you like New York Politcis…read the entire thing….

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 14 Comments

The Cuomo’s of New York…..The Father and the Son……

[ Andrew M. Cuomo with his parents, Mario and Matilda Cuomo, in November 2006, when he won the race for state attorney general. ]

The history of New York State lists Mario Cuomo as one of its great Governors…..

A smart, Queens, Italian-American guy, who can talk and think quickly on his feet…and a great philosopher……

Also the father of a smart and ambitious son..who would become a HUD secretary for Bill Clinton…who would marry into the Kennedy family…And would also try to run for New York State Governor once…And mange to back out twice…and in the process piss a lot of black politicians and quite a few which ones also….

Andrew Cuomo is now running for the NEw York Governors job…again….

This time he hasn’t announced yet…..

But he’s more than 30 points ahead of any GOP challenger….And the Republican’s are in a fight for who will run against him….

One guy got ran over by Hillary Clinton a decade ago….the other just quit the democratic party to run as a Republican and as his nature…is in a scrappy fight in his new party already…

Barring a major snafu…..

Andrew Cuomo will be the Empire states next Governor….

Here’s piece on the Father and the Son….. Cuomo…

Get used to them America…..

The Dog feels  Andrew ‘s last political stop isn’t Albany…..

Now 52, Andrew M. Cuomo has his eyes fixed on claiming his father’s old job in Albany, and, perhaps, finally emerging from his considerable shadow. Mario Cuomo is edging toward his 78th birthday and is no longer the most influential voice in his son’s circle.

But the relationship between father and son is as loving, tangled and laced with competitiveness as it ever was. And Andrew’s race for governor looms as a new test of this most intriguing hybrid of a political and familial bond.

Mention one to the other these days, and the Cuomos’ eyes roll and their voices slide sardonic; they rely on friends and reporters to convey their (mostly loving) jabs at each other.

“I am a huge fan of the Cuomo family, but they are very challenging,” says Michael Dowling, who served as Mario Cuomo’s chief health adviser. “The intonation, the Jesuitical style of questioning; you close your eyes and one sounds like the other. The closer you are, the more they love to debate.”

Father and son talk multiple times each week, kibitzing, arguing, conspiring, and the former governor still calls old associates in Albany on his son’s behalf. “He asks, ‘How do you think Andrew is doing? What do you hear?’ ” says a lobbyist and a longtime Cuomo associate. “You can hear his concern.”

Mario Cuomo agreed to be interviewed for this article and offered a reporter a strategy for persuading his son to do the same. (“Andrew likes to be in control,” the former governor said. “So you call his office and say, ‘Look, I know Andrew doesn’t want to talk. But The Times, you know The Times, we are going to do this piece with or without you. You don’t want that to happen. You want to have your say.’ ”)

Andrew Cuomo, after talking it over with advisers, declined to discuss his relationship. Then his father stopped talking, too.

Well here’s the New York Times piece and if you like New York Politcis…read the entire thing….

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 14 Comments

Cuomo runs silent in the New York Governor's race…..

Well we ALL expected that he would have declared by now….

But he hasn’t….

Paterson has shut down……

And I’m sure no major decisions are being made with without a query to the AG……

The guy has the Governorship locked up right now…..

I guess he doesn’t want to make any mistakes…..

Funny how quiet it is for a New York race, Huh?

NON-CAMPAIGN: Andrew Cuomo is expected to run for governor of New York.

Cuomo is Running by Not Running

“Andrew Cuomo’s path to the governor’s mansion once occupied by his father suddenly looks like a superhighway express lane,” the Washington Post reports.

“His flawlessly orchestrated non-campaign has hit just one pothole: Some reporters are miffed that the state attorney general is studiously avoiding their favorite subject, the upcoming race.”

More from PoliticalWire…….
This from the Washington Post…….(below )
His flawlessly orchestrated non-campaign has hit just one pothole: Some reporters are miffed that the state attorney general is studiously avoiding their favorite subject, the upcoming race.

“What a shock that they’re grumbling,” Cuomo says in an interview. “I do press conferences all the time all over the state. I’m in newspapers and on TV with tremendous frequency. I don’t talk to them about what they want to talk about, however. The political guys want to talk politics. I understand what they want — but I don’t want to do it,” he says, laughing.

The reason, with Election Day less than seven months away? Attorney general “is not a political job,” the Democrat says. “The combination of politics and law enforcement is not a good combination.”

Cuomo is hardly hiding in the shadows. He held a conference call with 100 reporters last week after filing a civil suit against the state Senate’s majority leader, Pedro Espada Jr., on charges of siphoning more than $14 million from health clinics he founded for vacations, campaign expenses and $20,000 in takeout sushi. For good measure, Cuomo held a news conference on the case the next day. But he is strictly business at such media events, and that, says Fred Dicker, the New York Post’s state editor, can get frustrating.

“Every time we see him, the press corps generally asks him, ‘What’s the latest with your political timetable?’ ” Dicker says. “He just ducks it.”

Bob Hardt, political director of NY1, says it is “kind of depressing” that Cuomo hasn’t given the cable channel an interview for several years.

“Over the years he’s recognized he can be his own worst enemy,” Hardt says. “By curtailing his press availabilities, he limits the ability to damage himself. . . . A lot of people regard Andrew Cuomo as a governor-in-waiting, and we don’t know what his positions are on key issues.”

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 3 Comments

Cuomo runs silent in the New York Governor’s race…..

Well we ALL expected that he would have declared by now….

But he hasn’t….

Paterson has shut down……

And I’m sure no major decisions are being made with without a query to the AG……

The guy has the Governorship locked up right now…..

I guess he doesn’t want to make any mistakes…..

Funny how quiet it is for a New York race, Huh?

NON-CAMPAIGN: Andrew Cuomo is expected to run for governor of New York.

Cuomo is Running by Not Running

“Andrew Cuomo’s path to the governor’s mansion once occupied by his father suddenly looks like a superhighway express lane,” the Washington Post reports.

“His flawlessly orchestrated non-campaign has hit just one pothole: Some reporters are miffed that the state attorney general is studiously avoiding their favorite subject, the upcoming race.”

More from PoliticalWire…….
This from the Washington Post…….(below )
His flawlessly orchestrated non-campaign has hit just one pothole: Some reporters are miffed that the state attorney general is studiously avoiding their favorite subject, the upcoming race.

“What a shock that they’re grumbling,” Cuomo says in an interview. “I do press conferences all the time all over the state. I’m in newspapers and on TV with tremendous frequency. I don’t talk to them about what they want to talk about, however. The political guys want to talk politics. I understand what they want — but I don’t want to do it,” he says, laughing.

The reason, with Election Day less than seven months away? Attorney general “is not a political job,” the Democrat says. “The combination of politics and law enforcement is not a good combination.”

Cuomo is hardly hiding in the shadows. He held a conference call with 100 reporters last week after filing a civil suit against the state Senate’s majority leader, Pedro Espada Jr., on charges of siphoning more than $14 million from health clinics he founded for vacations, campaign expenses and $20,000 in takeout sushi. For good measure, Cuomo held a news conference on the case the next day. But he is strictly business at such media events, and that, says Fred Dicker, the New York Post’s state editor, can get frustrating.

“Every time we see him, the press corps generally asks him, ‘What’s the latest with your political timetable?’ ” Dicker says. “He just ducks it.”

Bob Hardt, political director of NY1, says it is “kind of depressing” that Cuomo hasn’t given the cable channel an interview for several years.

“Over the years he’s recognized he can be his own worst enemy,” Hardt says. “By curtailing his press availabilities, he limits the ability to damage himself. . . . A lot of people regard Andrew Cuomo as a governor-in-waiting, and we don’t know what his positions are on key issues.”

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 3 Comments

Eliot Spitzer is hard on Andrew Cuomo……

The two in better times…….

In keeping with the wave that Eliot Spitzer is riding these days…..

The New York Times interviewed the former Governor (he resigned rather that getting in further legal trouble at the time )…..

True to his nature……

Eliot Spitzer let the current Attorney General and most probable next New York State Governor have it ……

He was unhappy about how ‘tough’ Andrew Cuomo is perceved…and how Cuomo handled the investigation into Spitzer’s action’s before he quit in disgrace……

I’m sure that Spitzer is a bit pissed about the position he’s in after his hard charging AG and Governor career going down the drain…..

In an unusually candid and sometimes biting assessment of his successor as attorney general, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer portrayed Andrew M. Cuomo as a man whose decisions have often been driven by political considerations and whose worldview has largely been shaped by the culture of Albany.

During an interview with The New York Times on Thursday, Mr. Spitzer also shed new light on the private resentments and clashes that have strained the relationship between the two men, both Democrats, including Mr. Cuomo’s 2007 investigation of the use of the State Police by Mr. Spitzer’s aides to gather information on a political rival.

Asked about Mr. Cuomo’s reputation as a “tough guy,” Mr. Spitzer responded: “Toughness is not the issue. It’s easy to be tough if the selection of one’s target is driven by politics. The real test is, do you take on the battles that have been unpopular and perhaps seem impossible to win but are important to take on?”

Richard Bamberger, a spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, said, “The attorney general’s record, credibility and honor speak for themselves, as do Mr. Spitzer’s.” Mr. Cuomo has yet to declare a candidacy for governor, but he is widely expected to run.

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April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment