First de Blasio helped engineer Cuomo's endorsement by the Working Families Party, then he began campaigning publicly for Cuomo, and finally he made a robocall for Cuomo's embattled running mate, the conservative Kathy Hochul, that Hochul's opponent, Tim Wu, said may have been the difference in the primary.
With all this help de Blasio has given Cuomo, Cuomo should want to help de Blasio out now too.
But Ken Lovett and Jeniifer Fermino of the NY Daily News report that if de Blasio thinks Cuomo's going to help him out in the future now that de Blasio has given Cuomo much needed help this election season, he's a fool:
A source with ties to Cuomo said the relationship between the mayor and governor has “fundamentally changed” as a result of the primary. “He’ll view the mayor much more as a reliable partner and friend,” said the insider.
The insider who is close to Cuomo told the Daily News that “the mayor can’t collect an IOU, but it’s the beginning of a real relationship” that will produce results for the city.
“For good or bad, the governor is not a person who views the world as 'I owe you one.' If someone came to him and said, ‘I was there for you and I took care of you — you owe me,’ you don’t get a good reaction,” the insider said.
A second source who has had dealings with de Blasio and Cuomo agrees.
“Andrew appreciates what Bill has done for him. But if he needed to f--k over the mayor tomorrow, he's going to do it. That’s just how he operates.”
Ah, yes - if Cuomo needs to "fuck over the mayor tomorrow, he's going to do it - that's just how he operates."
How's that for a "reliable partner and friend"?
With friends like that, who needs enemies?
The takeaway of this is, de Blasio is a fool, Cuomo is a scumbag and if anybody thinks Cuomo's going to help de Blasio get control of the rent board or hand him more money for pre-K or overturn the giveaway he gave to charters last spring when he forced the city to either find space for every charter or pay rent for them, they had better not hold their breaths waiting.
Cuomo does only what helps Cuomo.
Now I dunno if de Blasio really does think by helping Cuomo out, he's going to be able to call in some chits in the future or if he simply is trying to ride the winning team and expand his power base that way.
But either way, it's cynical politics and in the end, I don't think it's going to be terribly effective.