THE CAPITOL CONNECTION: Cupid he’s not

YOU CAN’T TURN ON the television without seeing an advertisement from some kind of a dating service who suggest that they can find you a love interest. I would like to see myself as being that kind of a practitioner rather than that word which connotes something far more sinister. In fact, when I write something favorable about a politician, and I do that a lot, I am often called something unkind.

Sometimes those unkind words, or those hinting at that, will come from some of the other people who make their living covering state politics. Since I have been interviewing the governor for a half an hour every week, they will tweet each other, real time, during my interviews castigating my questions to the governor. I don’t want to be defensive but if you look up my columns on Cuomo the Younger, you will see that I have always been fairly tough on the guy. Not everyone does that, of course, just a few. I love the aggregator, The Empire Report, which has been very kind to me. But we are moving far afield of the basic reason for writing this column.

It involves a letter I received from a nice lady who wanted to be in touch with the governor. She asked me to facilitate a relationship with the guy. Now anyone, including me, who wants to send something to Cuomo can put it in an envelope and send it to the State Capitol in Albany, New York. Since it is safe to assume at a lot of people do that, one can only wonder why she chose me as the go-between. Perhaps she wrongly assumes that I have some special relationship with Andrew Cuomo, just as they thought I had with his father, who I interviewed statewide for so many years. Read more…

THE CAPITOL CONNECTION: Police reform? Yes; ‘defunding’ police? No

SO ANDREW CUOMO and the leaders of the state legislature have gotten together and passed what looks like comprehensive police reform.

Make no mistake about it—this would not have happened if the Republicans were still in control of the New York State Senate although, with the way things are right now, even the Republicans might have had to do something. In this game of musical chairs, the Republicans had theirs’ pulled out from underneath them.

Up until now, they were not about to tick off the powerful police unions, who have brought a lot of politicians to their knees including, spectacularly, Mayor Bill de Blasio. There is even a minor rebellion going on in the United States Senate. Those poor GOP schnooks have been following the Trump playbook, knowing that rank and file Republicans are all in for Trump. On the other hand, they also know that they have to keep their majority and if they lose their own elections in protecting Trump, they are personally and professionally done for. No more congressional gym, no more people bowing and scraping. Of course, politicians, cynical lot that they are, know that things come in waves. The police union types have long, long memories and will be unforgiving in the future. Read more…

THE CAPITOL CONNECTION: Law and order views serve Cuomo well

THE ISSUE THAT MANY of my readers and listeners are curious about is whether or not those who are looting and stealing during the ongoing protests should get a free pass. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo certainly doesn’t think so. There has been a major blowup between New York Mayor de Blasio and Andrew and Andrew has taken the position that the head of his largest city is not doing his job. In fact, he went far enough to suggest that he could use his authority as governor to take over for de Blasio. I asked him about it when I got the chance and he made it clear that he wasn’t going to do so. Nevertheless, it was absolutely clear that from the moment he issued his warning to the mayor, things changed noticeably. The message was received. So why is Andrew putting his law and order credentials out front? He’ll probably read this and he won’t be happy but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

It’s pretty plain to me that Cuomo can be taken at his word that he is not interested in the presidency this time around. But Andrew Cuomo isn’t governor because he has no ambition. On the contrary, he is a politician of the first order. It’s like playing a pinball machine. You know that the game will come to an end and the last thing you want is to see the word “tilt” if you play too hard. But to win a “free game” you go to the end. What’s in it for Andrew? Well, we have a Democratic presidential candidate in Joe Biden who, assuming that he wins, is not expected to run for a second term. That brings us to the election of 2024 and if Andrew is going to be president, that will be his time. Naturally, whichever woman Biden chooses as his running mate will expect to succeed him and Andrew will have to run against her in a primary. Read more…