The so called Cuomo - Heastie 'ethics reform' is more embarassing than this picture. pic.twitter.com/T1FikJsCTB
— Steve McLaughlin (@SteveMcNY) March 18, 2015
The latest Quinnipiac poll shows the public backs teachers over Cuomo on education issues 55%-28%.
Cuomo has a 63% disapproval rating on his handling of education.
71%-25% oppose tying teacher pay to test scores.
65%-30% oppose tying teacher tenure to test scores.
Those are two of Cuomo's signature education reforms.
They're not very popular, are they?
Neither is Cuomo.
His approval has dropped eight percentage points to his lowest score for a Q poll - 50% approval overall
In Siena polls, Cuomo's been underwater on job approval for months.
In the last one, he was at 47% approval.
There is no reason for Assembly Dems to be embracing Cuomo on anything.
So why is newly-minted speaker Carl Heastie bailing Cuomo out on ethics reform and jumping into his lap at the press conference announcing the deal?
I warned yesterday that a sell-out is coming.
Assembly Dems sent a letter to Heastie saying they should fight Cuomo on state takeover of failing schools and districts but they made no mention of any of the rest of his agenda - including teacher evaluation reform, tenure reform and raising the charter cap.
Today's Quinnipiac poll gives Dems plenty of cover to fight Cuomo on his education reform agenda.
But it's awfully hard to fight Cuomo when you're embracing him.
And that's what Heastie's doing right now.