Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to take over the entire education system in New York State.
The letter he had sent to Regents Chancellor Tisch and NYSED Commissioner King makes clear he wants to call the shots on everything, including Regents appointments.
The amazing thing about this power play is, he's sitting at 42% job approval in the latest Siena poll (out this morning.)
He outraised his GOP opponent 9-1 during the campaign season yet won the fewest number of votes for any governor seeking re-election in New York since FDR.
He is under investigation by a federal prosecutor for tampering with "his" Moreland Commission on Public Corruption and he's got a ton of enemies in politics, the media and the general public who would like nothing better than to see him hurt politically.
This is not a popular governor with a popular agenda, yet he acts as if he's got the political muster and backing to ram through an epic education reform agenda that would completely change the way system runs in the state.
He does NOT have the political muster to do this.
To reiterate, in the latest Siena poll, he has a 42% job approval rating, 57% disapproval rating.
He won re-election with 54% after outspending his opponent by $40 million+, yet still couldn't get more votes than FDR in 1930.
He is under investigation for corruption and has many more enemies than friends to help him out.
If the various stakeholders, including the union leadership, come together for this fight, Andrew Cuomo CAN be beaten.
He wants you to think he is strong and the other stakeholders in this fight - parents, teachers, the teachers unions, Assembly Democrats - are weak.
The truth is, he has only as strong as we allow him to be.