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Now for some thoughts on Cuomo (and Spitzer speaks up)

September 26, 2010

“behind the scenes, Cuomo is the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there.”  

Normally we don’t care much what the former Governor has to say, but this is huge, priceless, it must be repeated often because well – it’s quite true.

Appearing on the morning show of his new CNN home, Spitzer let loose on Andrew Cuomo. Yes, Spitzer is creating a buzz for his new CNN show.  Yes, Spitzer is giving us a taste of the type of direct political talk show host he plans to be, but this is dangerous for Cuomo as it undercuts Cuomo’s campaign message of he doesn’t punch below the belt, that he won’t fight dirty with Paladino, and worst of all, it reminds everyone of Cuomo’s past. Spitzer let loose:

“Well, what he needs to do is speak to the public and, of course, the problem that Andrew has is that everybody knows that behind the scenes, he is the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there and that is his reputation from years in Washington. When his father was governor, he was the tough guy. He has brass knuckles and he played hard ball. He has a lot of enemies out there. Nobody’s been willing to stand up to him. When it appeared he was going to win, it was inevitable. If it appears not to be inevitable, things may change. He has a lot of folks, he’s really been on the wrong side of who may stand up and say, wait a minute, he may not want to pretend he plays that game. He does, and he’s worse at it.”

Whoa!

And as for Cuomo’s mud slinging which is certainly in full swing;

Andrew Cuomo Needs To Be Careful When He Slings Mud…

…because he just might get some all over his nice expensive taxpayer-bought suit.

Here’a a press release from Greg Edwards, L.G. candidate running with Carl Paladino about those state leases Andrew Cuomo is attacking Paladino over in a negative television ad.  Mr. Cuomo must not have bothered to think this one through before airing the ad.  You see, Cuomo signed off on the very same state leases he’s now using as mud to throw at Paladino, and it looks like Cuomo go some splashed all over himself.  Oops!  What a mess you made Andrew.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2010

EDWARDS: ANDY SIGNED OFF ON CARL’S LEASES

Lt. Gov. candidate calls Cuomo TV ad desperate, misleading

(DUNKIRK, NY) – Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards, the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, today called Democrat Governor candidate Andrew Cuomo “desperate and misleading” for attacking Carl Paladino’s business in his first general election television advertisement.

“Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat Party are smearing Carl Paladino’s successful career and record as a businessman in an attempt to distract the voters,” Edwards said. “Their new ad attacking Carl’s leases with State government fails to mention that Democrat Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and his predecessors signed off on all of Carl’s leases. So did the Democrat Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and his predecessors.”

Edwards pointed out that former Office of General Services Commissioner John Egan recently lauded Paladino’s work with the State — urban development that fulfills State policies to revitalize inner cities. “He runs a very good building — or buildings, I should say,” Egan said to the Albany Times Union.

“I would say he has been a good landlord. His rates are below average. I don’t know of any major problems. If there had been problems, I would have heard about it. So as a businessman he obviously has done well,” Egan said.

“Carl’s companies won every State lease he holds as the lowest bidder in an open bidding process without political favoritism in a completely transparent transaction. Carl Paladino participated in public programs open to any New Yorker, and got no political favors,” Edwards said. “The allegation that Carl engaged in pay-to-play is desperate and misleading and Andrew knows it.”

“Here’s the bad news for Andrew Cuomo: his coronation has been canceled,” Edwards said.

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