Queens Democratic Sen. Michael Gianaris in an interview on Monday compared Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education reform policies to anti-labor measures being enacted under Republican Scott Walker in Wisconsin.
“Resources are being diverted out of the public school system to private schools, an attack on the teachers who sacrifice so much to work in our schools,” Gianaris said on NY1’s Inside City Hall. “If I wanted Scott Walker to be the governor, I’d move to Wisconsin. But we’re here in New York. I think we should be a progressive champion that stands up for working people who stand up for public schools first and foremost and then we should help the entire school system.”The comment underscores the deepening level of antipathy from Senate Democrats in the mainline conference toward Cuomo.
Many of us in the education blogosphere and twitterverse have compared Cuomo to Walker before.
Now a member of the mainstream Democratic conference in the State Senate is doing it.
If I were NYSUT, I would take the clip of Gianaris comparing Cuomo to Walker, bundle it into an ad and run it all across the state.
Cuomo's at his lowest approval rating ever in the last Siena poll, but that number will be bounce back up after his minimum wage political ploy (and make no mistake, that's what it is - albeit, some good will come from it) and news his consort Sandra Lee has cancer.
But overall we want the trend to be downward.
It's imortant to keep Cuomo's numbers down - the unions should be running ads to do just that.
This Gianaris clip seems tailor made for that task.