Why is it not at all surprising that con man extraordinaire Al Gore has endorsed (via Twitter; see above) New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo for the governorship of the Empire State?
Could it be because birds of a feather flock together?
Cuomo is the son of the legendary liberal lion Mario Cuomo who was governor of New York from 1983 to 1994. Ideologically Cuomo is a devout liberal like his father but he is much more willing to bend than dear old dad.
As a housing reporter in the late 1990s, I used to cover Cuomo, who at the time was President Clinton’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary. Left-wingers view HUD as a kind of candyland: it’s a cabinet department that’s fun, fun, fun! HUD officials are given billions of tax dollars every year to play with communities. They rip neighborhoods apart, and then spend years trying to put the pieces back together again. For aspiring social engineers, there’s no better place to be than HUD.
At my first Cuomo press conference at HUD, a fairly modest affair, I was immediately struck by Cuomo’s charisma and magnetism. Like his boss, Bill Clinton, he had that rare ability to look into your eyes and make you feel like you were the only person in the room. No doubt this ability to connect with people has served Cuomo well over the years.
But at the same time Cuomo has tremendous difficulty concealing his nasty temper. I remember attending another much larger press conference at HUD about “fair housing” (i.e. applying federal anti-discrimination laws in the housing industry) that featured race-baiting, poverty pimping shakedown artist Jesse Jackson. As a naive and far-too-polite young reporter I prefaced my question to Cuomo with a disclaimer, admitting that it was a little off-topic considering the stated topic of the media event.
Cuomo eagerly took the out and declined to answer the question. Not content to leave it at that, the then-HUD secretary slapped me down for daring to think I could ask him a question he wasn’t happy with. “Relevant questions only — puh-lease,” he said, his voice brimming with contempt for someone he clearly believed was an idiot.
After the press conference was over I persisted and followed Cuomo around in the crowd. He answered my question whatever it was, but was testy and defensive.
Now, one anecdote does not a biography make, but I am hardly the only person to observe how haughty and obnoxious Cuomo is.
Cuomo is no man of the people, though he styles himself one.
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