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May 21, 2002

ByeBye Andrew

Closer to home, any chance I had of rooting for Andrew Cuomo to get the nomination for his Dad's old job as Governor disappeared. He accepted the once honorable, now corrupt Liberal Party's endorsement. The more recently created, union-backed Working Families Party is backing H. Carl McCall, which pretty much decides the issue for me.

Posted by Nathan at May 21, 2002 09:19 AM


I concur that Andrew Cuomo is a hog who is only where he is by benefit of an incredible amount of nepotism. McCall would do well to peruse an issue of The American Spectator from about 3 years ago. It's main story was some of the incredible corruption surrounding Cuomo.

More to the point though, I think Cuomo would be easier to defeat now than McCall. Did you catch the remark by Sharpton that between Cuomo and Pataki that "I'll go with Pataki?" Music to my ears.

The Remf

Posted by: Remf at May 21, 2002 11:48 AM

I'm surprised to hear that the Liberal Party is considered so corrupt that it actually stands out against the backdrop of deeply corrupt New York politics.

This tends to buttress my belief that the ability of parties to cross-endorse, though nice in theory, and perhaps useful under specific political circumstances, is ultimately anti-democracy, and gets used most often to make deals and limit the choices available to voters.

I'm more relieved than ever that the Supreme Court chose not to saddle the entire country with New York's system.

Posted by: Larry Kestenbaum at May 21, 2002 03:02 PM

The problem isn't with fusion but a party that was once vibrant becoming narrowly controlled by a small group of individuals, actually largely one individual. In a country where most Congressional races are not even going to be competitive due to redistricting, anything to open up the process is a good thing. Actually, the problem for the Liberals is that they have so little grassroots support that they are now threatened with extinction if they don't get a major politician to run on their party line.

Posted by: Nathan at May 21, 2002 08:00 PM

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