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Regarding Ms. Cunningham

September 8, 2010

“Nobody wants to say it to Andrew or Joe, but it was a really shitty thing to do.” 

That’s a person in the Cuomo camp talking about what happened to Jennifer Cunningham in the New York Post on Monday. The Post laid out Cunningham as the “queen of Albany lobbying” and said that it was a conflict of interest for her to work on the campaign of AG candidate Eric Schneiderman. The article is believed to have been engineered by Cuomo in an effort to tarnish the union-backed Schneiderman, whom Cuomo dislikes. 

The stunning aspect of this is that Cunningham had been one of Cuomo’s closest advisors and political operatives. She ran his campaign for AG four years ago, and, until recently, was directing his gubernatorial bid. 

Unlike other operatives who follow Cuomo’s orders without question, Cunningham would challenge Cuomo when she thought he was acting intemperately. She cared about him as an individual, and actually put some thought to the image he was projecting and how in might impact him down the road. 

Given all this, the attack on her was both ironic and disquieting. 

It’s ironic because Cuomo is guilty of every “conflict” for which Schneiderman is now being accused. 

It’s disquieting in that it’s another reminder of how far Cuomo can stray from the decent and honorable “happy warrior” persona to which we hoped he aspired. 

The person who does stand tall in all of this is Cunningham. She took the hit without comment or complaint, and comes off as a tough and stylish professional.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. I don't agree permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:02 PM

    I don’t agree with this assessment. The article was essentially true. Also, if you live by the sword you die by the sword. This is a woman who will advocate any position to benefit a union, so how can she ask to be treated with respect?

    Finally, she married Eric Schneiderman. Although she does get bonus points for leaving him.

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