Saturday, July 29, 2017

Anybody But Cuomo? Well Almost Anybody


The 2020 presidential election is a long way off. Trump could be in prison by then-- or living in a dacha in Rublevka or perhaps the "golden ring" northeast of Moscow. The Democrats may be preparing to run against him but may have to face a more conventional Republican like Pence, Rubio, Cruz, Kasich-- is there another Bush yet?-- or even, by then, former Congressman Paul Ryan. All the excitement on the Democratic side is for Bernie and Elizabeth Warren... but don't expect the Republican wing of the Democratic Party to just role over and die; the establishment will do anything in its power to block either of them and there are a number of even-worse-than-Hillary candidates hoping to run-- from Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, Terry McAuliffe, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Jason Kander, Tulsi Gabbard, a Castro brother, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mark Warner and... believe it or not, one of the worst New Dems in Congress, rot-gut conservative p.o.c. John Delaney, has already declared he's running! Perhaps worse than any of them would be someone more corrupt than any of them, New York's horrifyingly slimy governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Writer and political activist Phillip Anderson, founder of the Albany Project, just launched a fund-raising campaign for a book he's writing about Cuomo. No one knows New York politics better than Anderson and he is absolutely certain-- as am I-- that Cuomo is definitely running for president (or vice-president). "As someone who has covered him closely for over a decade," wrote Anderson recently, "I think he'd be a terrible choice for both the nation as well as the Democratic Party, a party that is already leaving him behind. Given what I know and what I've written about him over the years, I feel compelled to sound a warning to potential primary voters about who he really is."

Anderson plans to finish his book, The Case Against Andrew Cuomo, by this time next year. He explains on his page that his writing "has focused mainly on corruption, ethics and good governance issues as well economic and social justice." For a while he was New Media Director for the New York state Senate.
I’ve long chronicled the career of Governor Andrew Cuomo and how he has dealt with or often simply ignored many of the issues that matter greatly to New Yorkers and progressives across the country. I’ve written for years about the ethical shortcomings and scandals, the petty and vindictive feuds with progressives and progressive policy itself, the legislative cloak and dagger fights, all the progressive policy victories so often championed by Governor Cuomo that never seem to stand up to further scrutiny, and, last but hardly least, the all consuming political ambitions of a man that now wants to be the President of the United States.

All of this is why I feel compelled to write this book and share what I’ve learned over the years with all of those potential Democratic primary voters who maybe haven’t followed Andrew Cuomo as closely as I and others have. I’ve written roughly 700K words about Cuomo over the years, all with links to primary sources, and I’ve come to understand a great many things about the man. What I can tell you is that I feel he would be a terrible choice for the nation and an even worse choice for the Democratic Party.

Rest assured, Andrew Cuomo is definitely running for president and voters across the country deserve to know much more about who he really is as both a politician as well as someone who would seek to lead the Democratic Party forward in the post-Trump era.

...I have no desire whatsoever to write a hit piece. This has been true for all my years of covering Cuomo. I believe the objective facts clearly support my thesis that Cuomo is the wrong candidate at the wrong time for the wrong party. I intend to make the case against Cuomo with facts, not hyperbole, not conspiracy theories, not with bullsh*t. When the governor and his crew come after this book, and they most certainly will, they will have to engage with it on the merits of the case, not on the fact that it is anyway unfair or speculative or factually incorrect.

...The Case Against Andrew Cuomo is also more than just a book. It will also be a living, continuously updated resource on the web with links, audio and video, and commentary as it happens. The site,, is nothing but a splash page at the moment, but that will change in the coming weeks and months. A large part of this effort is to build an accessible and genuinely useful resource for potential voters but also for journalists as well. I’ll be putting my many years of experience running online campaigns to build out the site but also a social media element that will put accurate, actionable and shareable information in the hands of citizens across the country.

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At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, not ABC. ABD (anyone but democraps).

I'm through with them forever. never again.

At 10:11 AM, Anonymous ap215 said...

Oh by all means Governor Cuomo please run so you can take your crappy corrupt governorship out of NY & let someone else take over & no i won't vote for him.


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