Liberal Elites and Governor 2010

14 Apr

Shock! Horror! Jim Heaney exposes the liberal media elite.

For exposing Paladino’s proclivity for racist, misogynist humor with a side of horsefucking, candidates clumsily accuse us of being partisan hacks – part of a media elite. They throw around speculation about who gave us the information, as if that was even remotely relevant at this point.

But we never wrote that Paladino was a racist. Did we? No. We posted what we correctly described as racist emails. We left it up to the reader to extrapolate from that whether Carl is racist or not.

Do you think we’re sitting here with secret information about Andrew Cuomo’s imminent gubernatorial run, ready and willing to post nothing but happy-time posts about him and his prospective candidacy? We’re not. And an informal poll of the three of us who generally run the site reveals that none of us are particularly enthusiastic about any of the gubernatorial choices that have been revealed so far, and that includes Roger Stone’s ex-madam candidate.

I’m not enthusiastic about Andrew Cuomo running for governor because I don’t see him as being as strong an advocate for fundamental and structural change that the state needs so desperately. I don’t know enough about Steve Levy to have an opinion about it. Rick Lazio has made a unicameral legislature part of his campaign platform, so quite frankly I’m leaning towards supporting him at this point – but only as the lesser of three (or four) evils.

Because promising across-the-board tax cuts or spending cuts, plus firing x% of state workers isn’t a solution. It’s happy-talk that wouldn’t even approach bridging a $9 billion budget gap. I can get behind Carl when he proposes reducing the Medicaid program to what California offers, but when he rails against a welfare system that hasn’t existed in over a decade, that’s simply ridiculous.

I can get much more behind this. And Lazio hasn’t been in office for a decade. I don’t see him as beholden to entrenched interests who control Albany.

It’s hard to be a credible politician who will buck the status quo and make unpopular decisions. Of the people running for governor, who can do both?

Is it too late to draft Tom Suozzi?

8 Responses to “Liberal Elites and Governor 2010”

  1. Christopher Smith April 14, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    It’s a shame that Tom Golisano officially moved to Florida, this would have been the year for the billionaire candidate running on the third party line.

    I would vote for Anthony Weiner as Governor, I’d give some thought to Bloomberg, I’d consider supporting any number of candidates who aren’t currently in the field. But, right now? No one really excites/interests me. I’m with you that Lazio is the only candidate that has proposed a structural reform that matters.

  2. HGalue April 14, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    My vote is for Paladino. He’s the only one I see making money for New York and killing the 9 billion dollar gap. ALL the other candidates are not business men who can get what we need now. Job, jobs and more jobs!!! How many jobs have any of the other candidates produced? Just in the last couple weeks of checking out this guy Palidino he has allot of press about his real-estate projects that have produced jobs and he has the knowledge of dealing with the state of New York. Can you guy’s argue with that fact. Please we New Yorkers want to know!! This is the type of person we need no matter what party your from.

    • Christopher Smith April 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

      He’s the only one I see making money for New York and killing the 9 billion dollar gap. ALL the other candidates are not business men who can get what we need now.

      You do know that those “jobs” he creates are almost entirely funded by rents and leases from New York State and the federal government, right?

      • Jack April 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

        Yeah for real – Paladino is a psycho. Anyone see the articles about the disturbing emails he sent? Or that he has a 10 yr. old love child he forgot to tell his wife of 40 yrs. about… He is a disgrace to the GOP, New York, and generally, the human race.

  3. Ward April 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    Marc Odien: “We definitely lean toward the liberal, but we don’t have anything personally against Carl. He has made himself a public figure and made himself ready to be scrutinized.”

    Yup, just a scritinizing investigative journalist. But not, apparently curious enough about “public figures” to spend a second wondering why Barack Obama “voluntarily surrendered” his law license a few years ago–an act only performed when the ethics committee is breathing down a lawyer’s neck. Nope–nothing of interest there.

    What a hack! Next he’ll have Brian Higgins as flower girl at his cousin’s wedding.

    • Eric Saldanha April 15, 2010 at 7:56 am #

      Or President Obama voluntarily retired his law license because he’s no longer in active practice…he’s busy with other things, like cleaning up the shitpile left for him (and the nation) by G.W. Bush and the Republican Congress of the past decade. No need for any special investigative journalism, just 5 seconds on a Google search will do.

      I would lay 7-2 odds that Ward is at the top of Carl Paladino’s double-secret e-mail larfs distribution list.

      • Alan Bedenko April 15, 2010 at 7:58 am #

        I retired my Mass. License to save $$.

  4. Andrew April 14, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    Rick Lazio not beholden to entrenched interests???!! Well, he may have estranged relations with the Chairman of the state Republican party, but Lazio was the head in-house lobbyist for mega-bank JPMorgan Chase (until the Democratic takeover of Washington led to his replacement by Bill Daley). He’s also worked for the Financial Services Forum, a group of Wall Street CEOs; not the resume of a serious reformer.

    I have nothing good to say about Cuomo, either. At this point, there’s really not much to be excited about in the gubernatorial race.

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