Lazio, With an Edge
Could this be the beginning of a thematic approach from the Republicans? Rick Lazio’s camp has placed a full page ad in the Westchester-Rockland Journal that links Andrew Cuomo to a trio of disgraced Dem pols — Alan Hevesi, Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.
Above a devilish picture of Cuomo is the tagline: “New York can’t afford another mistake.”
There’s no specific explanation of what the “mistake” with Cuomo might be, but the ad would seem to suggest that Cuomo might be hiding something – perhaps a character flaw that makes him unsuitable for office. Republican circles have been whispering about this for some time, suggesting a real vulnerability.
It’s actually hard for us to believe that Cuomo has some deep dark secret. Yes, he can be an SOB and, yes, his people can be heavy handed. But is this really enough to undermine him?
After Spitzer, top pols know they must be on their best behavior at all times. Absent some egregious outburst by Cuomo in the months ahead, it is hard to see how the GOP makes inroads with this approach.
Still, it will be interesting to see whether and how the Cuomo camp responds.
Remember how Spitzer’s people worked to soften their man’s image during the ‘06 campaign? Those nauseating but effective ads: “This little light of mine…let it shine.”