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Cuomo’s Vow

October 25, 2010

The good news is that the man is indeed thinking about how to govern.

He has correctly assessed the imbalance of power in Albany. He knows that unions wield disproportionate influence, and he wants the business community to become more active.

He has reflected on the failings of his predecessors, and he says that he’ll be different, especially with regard to legislative relations.

He also understands the new imperative to communicate in campaign mode to achieve policy goals, and he says he has a plan to do so.

These are some of the takeaways from Nick Confessore’s excellent article in the New York Times today.  (See: Cuomo Vows Offensive Against Labor Unions) This article, by the way, is the first meaningful assessment of Andrew Cuomo as our future governor.  It was made possible by Cuomo sitting down for 90 minutes to talk substantively about his plans – something he really hadn’t done before in this campaign season.

What emerges is a picture of a man who thinks he has it figured out. Whether he does or not is another question. And in this regard, we wonder about a few things:

Why antagonize the unions before the election? Doesn’t that just encourage labor to stay home on election day, and reduce his winning margin and mandate?

Why announce so cavalierly to sub-urban voters his intention to take away education funding from their school districts and give it to poor rural and urban districts? Doesn’t that re-affirm the GOP’s reason for being and stiffen its resolve?

How, exactly, does he stand up to the lawmakers and demand that they vote for cuts, and not antagonize them in the process?

Lastly, if his election really marks the beginning of his “campaign” to govern, shouldn’t the goals be explained first? Shouldn’t the rhetoric be something about: “We can all be winners if we work together? We can turn the state around if we do certain difficult things …”

Something about Cuomo’s presentation reminded us of Spitzer. Cuomo says he’s smarter, tougher and better than everyone else and he’ll get it done.

We sincerely hope that he is and that he will. But we’re still wondering how? How doesn’t he convince the institutional players to accept decisions harmful to their interests? What incentives for cooperation and disincentives for opposition will he advance? Who are his allies? How exactly will he succeed where others have failed?





One Comment leave one →
  1. whiskers permalink
    October 26, 2010 12:33 AM

    My recommendation for Cuomo: stop spending campaign money now! He’ll need it to run ads countering the deceiving union propoganda and to discourage Schneiderman or another union puppet from primarying him. Spend too many funds now and he won’t succeed.

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