You haven’t seen the last of Cuomo.
While Democrats forced out former Governor Cuomo over sexual harassment allegations, they ignored the much more serious stuff from killing thousands of nursing home patients to persecuting the Orthodox Jewish community over the virus to assorted crooked thuggery.
Part of that crooked thuggery was how Cuomo built a massive campaign war chest that he didn’t need.
Here’s a sample of the techniques that Cuomo could have used to assemble an $18 million war chest in the best Goodfellas style.
But legalizing gambling wasn’t on the Committee to Save New York’s initial agenda. Mr. Gural said the racetrack operators were surprised in October when Howard Glaser, a top aide to the governor who had also advised his 2010 campaign, called their new gambling association to solicit a $2 million donation for the committee. The group declined, according to Mr. Gural and other track operators…
On Nov. 4, 2011, each racetrack operator received a letter from state gambling regulators, including the New York State Lottery, informing them that racetrack licenses were “not an ongoing entitlement” and they could be rebid. Former Lottery director Gordon Medenica said Mr. Glaser told him to sign the letter, which was viewed by The Wall Street Journal.
This money didn’t go directly to Cuomo’s war chest, but to another group, but it was a sample of the fundraising technique.
Now he’s got $18 million burning a hole in his pocket.
And nothing requires Mr. Cuomo, who is 63, to spend the campaign money quickly. He is free to bide his time for as long as he would like. The only time limit is death: After a candidate dies, his or her campaign funds must be distributed within a certain period, campaign finance lawyers said.
Cuomo could use it to finance politics in New York or cover a lot of his expenses.
People driven out of Albany amid scandal or criminal investigation have often turned to their campaign coffers to cover legal fees, though campaign finance attorneys said there were limits to the practice…
More of an open question is whether Mr. Cuomo could use that money to pay for lawyers representing other members of his administration, or to reach settlements with the women who have accused him of harassment — and, in one case, groping — or to defend himself against any possible criminal charges in connection with his personal conduct, campaign finance experts said.
The New York Times is vague about a lot of details, but Cuomo has a lot of options.
And, psychologically, he’s a relentlessly angry sociopathic manipulator whose greatest dream was torn away. He feels betrayed and he’s going to want revenge. Once the various cases are settled and if he avoids prison, Cuomo, the last member of a political dynasty that used to run New York, will have ample scope for payback. He knows where the bodies are buried, he knows all the players, and he’s got $18 million to play with.
A comeback isn’t wholly impossible. But Cuomo can finance his own faction among Democrats to maintain power, trade favors with backers, and plot revenge against his enemies.
New York may not have seen the last of Cuomo.