So US Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara got himself a twitter account recently, though he didn't issue any tweets or follow anybody with the account.
Today Governor Andrew Cuomo was making a big announcement about his $2 billion dollar economic development program that has been dubbed the "Hunger Games" by critics.
It was a big deal for the governor, since he's lost much of upstate in his two elections for governor and is looking to make political gains there as he did in the Buffalo area after he started his Buffao Billion Project.
And guess who took that very moment to issue his first, rather interesting, tweet?
As alleged, this is my official Twitter account. And this, allegedly, is my first tweet. Stay tuned. . .— US Attorney Bharara (@PreetBharara) December 10, 2015
This isn't the first time Bharara's taken some actions that short-circuited Andrew Cuomo's political plans.
Bharara arrested Shelly Silver one day after Cuomo's much-heralded state of the state/budget address last January, leaking the news the night before so that whatever momentum Cuomo hoped to gain for his agenda from news of the speech was lost in the bombshell that Silver would be arrested the next day.
It's unlikely that Bharara chose that very time to arrest Silver accidentally, more that the arrest was meant to send a message to someone that he's not the only alpha male in the state's political strata.
Now we have Bharara issuing this very coy and curious tweet at the same time that Cuomo's having his Hunger Games dog and pony show.
Message being sent?
It sure seems that way.
The feds are reported to be investigating Cuomo's other big development program, the Buffalo Billion Project, with subpoenas said to have gone out to Cuomo donors and state entities involved in the bidding process.
Sure seems weird that Bharara would choose the very moment Cuomo's having another big development project announcement to issue another one of his "Stay Tuned..." statements unless he was deliberately toying with him.
Here's some reaction:
If that doesn't qualify as Preet trolling Cuomo, I don't know what does.— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) December 10, 2015
Wait, in the middle of @nygovcuomo's presentation, did @PreetBharara just tweet his first ever tweet???— Liz Benjamin (@CTLizB) December 10, 2015
Preet's sense of timing, as always, is fascinating.— Nick Reisman (@NickReisman) December 10, 2015
Indeed it is.
I know I'll be staying tuned.