New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo , whose center-right policies have alienated him from much of his party’s progressive base, attacks the “extreme left of the Democratic Party” in his new memoir, according to a report in the New York Times.
While his father Mario Cuomo’s 1984 address at the Democratic National Convention served as a liberal rallying cry, Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly found himself starkly at odds with the liberal wing of the party. Although the governor signed marriage equality and gun safety legislation into law and has staked out a robustly pro-choice position, he has also slashed corporate taxes, capped property taxes, maneuvered to keep his own party from controlling the New York State Senate, lent conditional support to fracking, and earned plaudits from the right-wing National Review for his conservative economic agenda. There’s also the federal probe into Cuomo’s disbanding of his much-heralded anti-corruption commission, which Cuomo had touted as evidence of his commitment to good government.
Capitalizing on progressive discontent with Cuomo’s policies and his sudden dissolution of the Moreland anti-corruption commission, challenger Zephyr Teachout managed to secure 34 percent of the vote against Cuomo in New York’s Democratic primary last month.
Given his center-right track record, it’s hardly unsurprising that Cuomo is no fonder of the left than the left is of him. According to the Times – which got its hands on a copy of his new memoir, All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life – Cuomo rips the “extreme left” in the book, particularly for what he depicts as its hostility to the rich. Leftists, Cuomo writes, “speak of punitively raising taxes on the rich and transferring the money to the poor” and seek to “demonize those who are very wealthy.”
In short, Cuomo loves the so-called "free market" (which is of course rigged for the already wealthy and powerful), worships wealth and power and loves himself some rich people.
You're either "extreme left" or "extreme right" and he hates you and thinks there's no place in New York for you.
Fortunately if you're on the "extreme left" (i.e., not a worshiper of wealth, as Cuomo is), you have a choice this Election Day:
ALBANY — The only thing standing between Gov. Cuomo and his hopes for a resounding victory on Election Day might be a 61-year-old United Parcel Service worker from Syracuse.
Howie Hawkins has taken a leave of absence from his job unloading UPS trucks to run as the Green Party candidate for governor.
Casting himself as the “progressive choice” in the race, he has gained traction among Democrats unhappy with Cuomo for embracing tax cuts and charter schools, and for not banning fracking, a gas-drilling technique.
“Cuomo is weak on his left,” Hawkins said. “I am working hard to earn those votes and I am hearing from a lot of those people that they are coming to me.”
In a Quinnipiac poll released last week, Hawkins received close to 10% of the vote. That could deprive Cuomo of the wow-factor landslide he craves, and, at the same time, strengthen the hand of the political left.
The electorate’s “mood is not good and what Howie Hawkins provides is a vehicle for the protest vote,” said Nassau County Democratic chief Jay Jacobs.
Vote Howie Hawkins on Election Day.