Bloomberg Endorses Cuomo, Paladino Talks Condiments #NYGOV

22 Sep

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg – one of the few Republican political leaders who hasn’t figured out that Islamophobia is a winning strategy – has endorsed the gubernatorial candidacy of Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Bloomberg said,

I am proud to endorse Andrew Cuomo to be the next Governor of the State of New York. New Yorkers deserve a leader in Albany who is committed to cleaning up the ethical mess in Albany and reforming government. He has time and again made performance and integrity his top priorities in Government and in Andrew, I know I’ll have a partner in Albany who will take on the special interests who have time and again stifled needed reform… We need a Governor who knows that the partisan politics of the past cannot be the way of the future. Andrew Cuomo has made the focus of his campaign to build a coalition for reform that transcends party labels and brings together Democrats, Republicans and Independents behind his agenda and I am proud to stand with him in that effort.

Cuomo remarked,

“The state government has to change, and that’s a comment on both sides of the political aisle. The state government has to catch up to the level of performance we’ve been seeing in New York City and cities across this state.”

Michael Caputo, Paladino’s campaign manager retorted thusly:

Bloomberg is missing the point on this important election and climbing into the same royal coach as Prince Andrew. One upside to this: the two can stop passing Grey Poupon back and forth from their limousines. It’s holding up traffic on Park Avenue.

Paladino is the Republican gubernatorial candidate who is basically self-funding his campaign out of a $150 million fortune. While Carl may not have a limo, he does roll in a BMW X5 – an SUV costing about $50k. Cuomo’s net worth isn’t estimated because he probably doesn’t have a whole lot of money from his government positions here and there.

It is beyond hilarious that the self-funded multimillionaire candidate is making Grey Poupon jokes about his much less wealthy opponent and getting away with it.

13 Responses to “Bloomberg Endorses Cuomo, Paladino Talks Condiments #NYGOV”

  1. Five7One September 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    I think the point that Carl is making is that of entitlement.  Carl grew up in Lovejoy/SoBo and made his millions with hard work and savvy business deals.  He’s a self made man and despite his riches, he knows what it’s like to not be.  

    Have you seen Carl’s house in South Buffalo on Potters Rd.  Certainly nice and classy but EXTREMELY modest for a man of his wealth.  He’s not buying houses like some second rate strip club owner,

    Cuomo is silver spoon fed his whole life.  Given job after job because of his last name.  THe chickens have come home to roost and I am agree with Alan in saying that it is becoming D-day soon for Andrew.

    No matter what, Buffalo will come out to vote for Buffalo, across political lines and in record numbers and with a  record margin.  To the people in Buffalo, this will take on the same characteristics of voting for a local contestant on American Idol. WNY will gain more from Paladino then Cuomo and that is the bottomline.  It’s about time !!

  2. Jesse September 23, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    Yeah, I’m sure Cuomo is in the 20% tax bracket, poor honest civil servant that he is.

  3. Bill Altreuter September 23, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Cuomo needs to engage Paladino soon, but he has every reason to be nervous about it– his record as HUD Secretary leaves him open to attack as having contributed to the sub-prime crisis. Right now Paladino is making personal attacks, perhaps as a way of goading Cuomo, maybe just as red meat for the moron portion of his constituency. He is capable of making more coherent, policy-based attacks, and in a debate he might do pretty well. One thing’s for sure– not engaging him won’t work. Cuomo doesn’t really have a natural constituency– he isn’t really popular with anyone, so he has to win on the idea that Albany is broken and needs to be fixed. Carl may be out-flanking him on this.

  4. BobbyCat September 23, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    There is a lot happening in the political arena but WNYMedia seems two be a few beats behind and concentrating on comedy. I don’t get it. Whats up?

    • Marc Odien September 23, 2010 at 11:35 am #

      The comedy site is being done by an entirely different group of peoples. What is it that we have been missing?

  5. Ward September 23, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    You are mistaken in calling Bloomberg a Republican, Alan. He switched his registration in 2001 because he could not get the Democrat endorsement for Mayor.
    I’m sorry if that takes the zip out of your “lede”.

  6. Mark September 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    Ward, the party is called the Democratic party. There is no Democrat party.

    Bloomberg is not registered as a Democrat or a Republican. Prior to that, he was registered as, and ran as and was elected as, a Republican. And before that, he was a Democrat.

    Paladino has no particular qualifications whatsoever for the job of governor. Running a business is completely different from running a state. A corporation is a tiny dictatorship. New York State is a democracy. There is nothing in Paladino’s background that makes him more qualified to be governor than any other random person.

    His platform is no different from that of any other Republican. He is against women, the poor, workers, the environment, justice, fairness, and basic human decency. The only apparent novelty is the idea of involuntary servitude for the poor and unemployed, but years ago Gingrich was saying that poor kids should be thrown into orphanages. Republicans are always in favor of institutionalizing the disadvantaged.

    The only thing that distinguishes Paladino from any other Republican candidate is that he has a huge amount of his own money to spend. He is unqualified for the job and his platform is worthless. There is literally no rational reason to vote for Paladino. If you vote for him, you are voting for things to be even worse.

  7. Ward September 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    And, of course Prince Andrew tried to return the favor to Bloomie by lying that he had voted for him for Mayor.

    The Cuomo Campaign had to issue a rapid “clarification” to the effect that Andy had not been registered to vote in NYC until 2005–at which time he endorsed Democrat Fernando Ferrer against Bloomie.

    Ah–but at least the Prince doesn’t forward naughty e-mails.

  8. Rob September 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Or blatantly racist emails.

  9. joker September 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    Talk about a clown who bought his election with many millions of his own personal dollars! Bloomberg endorsing Cuomo was just the push needed by many New Yorkers to vote for Paladino.

  10. Carl September 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Mark: You forgot one of the rules that people like Ward live by…using the word “Democrat” is used only to make the other side look bad.

  11. Ward September 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    Carl–actually it’s to make the other side crazy.
    Chalk up Mark and Carl on the ol’ victim list for today!

  12. Pauldub September 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    Hard work and savvy. That’s what you call milking the empire zone deal for 1.4 mil and creating 1 job? Being the State’s slumlord in Buffalo?

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