So far we've learned from excerpts of the book that Cuomo may hate Attorney General Eric Schneiderman because Cuomo may have been schtupping Schneiderman's ex-wife and saw Schneiderman (who was still friendly with the ex-wife) as a rival.
And we've learned that Cuomo so much despised the family of his ex-wife Kerry Kennedy that he may have purposely played "Sympathy for the Devil" at his informal launch for governor in 2002 in order to embarrass them:
The “Cuomolot” union was on the skids by the time the ambitious son of Queens geared up for his abortive 2002 run for governor. Still, Kennedy agreed to stick by him during the campaign.
There was no shortage of tense and painful moments: At the Manhattan party considered the informal launch of Cuomo’s campaign, the Kennedy clan was aghast to hear “Sympathy for the Devil” by the Rolling Stones played at “rousing volume,” Shnayerson writes.
The Kennedys, who had lost two of their loved ones to assassins’ bullets, listened, “disbelieving,” Shnayerson details, as the sound system spewed Mick Jagger’s famous lines: “I shouted out, ‘Who killed the Kennedys?’ / When after all, it was you and me.” They wondered if Cuomo had chosen to play it, the bio says.
The book also puts forth the idea that Cuomo may have pushed to have his ex-wife prosecuted after she was arrested for "drugged driving":
“The Contender” suggests the bad blood between Cuomo and his ex continued to manifest itself long after the divorce, including when Kennedy got pulled over for drugged driving in 2012 and was prosecuted by Westchester County DA Janet DiFiore, described as a Cuomo ally.
Although Kennedy was acquitted in the incident, in which she said she’d gotten behind the wheel after accidentally taking Ambien instead of her thyroid meds, Shnayerson quotes Kennedy’s brother, Douglas, as opining that Cuomo would spend the rest of his days “trying to take her down.”
No wonder Cuomo allegedly tried to get Shanyerson to write with him instead of writing on his own.
The book is coming out on March 31 (the release was delayed a bit) and that's unfortunate, because it's coming right at the budget deadline.
The portrait that is going to emerge from this unauthorized Cuomo biography is that he's even a bigger sociopath than has been so far publicized and he's going to be on the defensive for awhile after the release.
This book is certainly not going to help him politically.
For example, in the battle over ethics reform, Senate Republicans are trying to include disclosure of partners of both legislators and statewide politicians as part of the reform package.
This is aimed at Cuomo's paramour, Sandra Lee, who has some business deals with companies that lobby the state government on issues but doesn't have to disclose her income or business dealings publicly.
In pushing back against that proposed Senate reform, Cuomo flacks have twice suggested that if the Senate wants to add girlfriends to the ethics reform package, Cuomo will happily add the girlfriends of married legislators to the mix.
The Shnayerson book looks like it's going to detail multiple instances of Cuomo's own extra-martial dalliances so the next time Cuomo's flacks attempt to pushback on the Senate's Sandra Lee proposal, they're going to have to find a different insult - it's not going to work to insult Senate pols as adulterers when Andy Cuomo himself is concurrently being revealed as an adulterer.
In any case, this unauthorized biography is just one more gift coming if you're a Cuomo-hater in a year of gifts for Cuomo-haters.
First, Preet Bharara has seemingly thrown Cuomo off his game and has Sheriff Andy rocking on his heels over the Moreland mess and ethics reform.
Next, Cuomo's been slammed by teachers over his education proposals and his poll numbers are dropping.
Finally, there's the battle between some pols in Albany (particularly Senate Republicans) and Cuomo that has seen Cuomo have to fight for what he wants rather than just have everybody cave to him.
Now we have the Cuomo biography coming out that looks like it's going to expose Cuomo as the sociopath he is and put him further on the defensive even more than he already is.
Good times these days every time you google the name "Andrew Cuomo" and the word "news".