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Bloomberg and Cuomo

September 22, 2010

Tomorrow morning, about 700,000 white ethnic men in upstate New York will be sitting at their breakfast tables reading their morning newspapers. It will be a quiet morning like any other until ole’ Harold or Frank or Charles spews his coffee into the air and starts cursing. 

Their wives will say: “What’s wrong, Dear? What is it?” 

And Harold or Frank or Charles will then issue a five-minute diatribe about downstate pols getting together to screw the upstate. 

All of this will be prompted by a single headline about a Republican mayor of New York endorsing a Democratic gubernatorial candidate named Cuomo. 

Whether they know it or not, Harold or Frank or Charles will be having a PTSD flashback to 1994 when Rudy Guiliani endorsed Mario Cuomo in the late stages of a close campaign. 

Then and now, the natural reaction of folks upstate is to conclude there’s been a sleazy deal to deliver tax dollars to the New York City in return for the mayor’s political endorsement. 

Adding insult to economic injury, the upstaters will view the cross-party endorsement as disloyal. This is true whether they are Republicans, Democrats or Independents. 

But the Cuomos, always playing the angles, will see this as a smart political move. And they’ll make plans for the New York City mayor to campaign in upstate cities like Buffalo and Rochester.

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:44 PM

    You need to figure out what the deal entailed. What did Bloomberg get in return? Did Cuomo promise not to get involved in the AG race in which Bloomberg is backing Donovan? Did Cuomo promise to hold Bloomberg harmless in the next state budget? Nothing happens on its own.

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