THE CAPITOL CONNECTION: Who knew he was funny?

I MET MARIO CUOMO quite early in the game. I had written a column suggesting that Ed Koch would be elected governor of New York and Cuomo asked me when he could be on my radio show. I was floored. We did the show and so began a long relationship that ended when Andrew announced that he would run against Carl McCall for the Democratic nomination for governor of New York.

Frankly, I wasn’t happy about the decision that would have denied McCall the chance to be the first African American elected governor of New York. I spoke out in columns, in my TV appearances and on the radio. My good friend “The Guv,” a man I admired then and now, let me know in no uncertain terms that he was unhappy. After a long, long run, the show was over. Maybe I should have shut up, but that capacity is not in my DNA. While the show was running, I wrote a book, humorously titled Me and Mario: Conversations in Candor. When Mario died, I was devastated.

When Andrew Cuomo was elected, I figured that there would be some distance between us. For his first two terms as governor, I couldn’t get near the guy. Hey, them’s the breaks. Then one day when I was on the air with our Roundtable Panel, the phone rang. It was the governor’s special assistant, saying that the governor wanted a chance to do a show with me. Our News Director Ian Pickus and I were both stunned. We not only did that show but many, many more. I was surprised by the chemistry. After all, we all knew about Mario’s sense of humor. I loved fencing with him and he almost always won in the jousts. My all-time favorite was when I said something and he asked, “Is that what you think?” When I replied that it was, he said, “Who cares?” Doesn’t get better than that. Read more…

THE CAPITOL CONNECTION: Coup prospect lingers

SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, I suggested on the radio that Donald Trump, who I believe has no bottom, might be planning a coup to subvert our American democracy. I didn’t say that there would be a coup, rather, I suggested that there might be.

Now I believe that my words have proven prophetic. Donald Trump indeed tried to foment a coup. We know that he wants the election overturned. There is a big debate as to whether Trump is so delusional that he really believes he won or whether he knows that he lost and is doing his usual Trump nonsense, trying to manipulate the facts which he knows to be wrong.

To help him do this, he recruited “America’s Mayor,” Rudy Giuliani, the hero of 9-11, and a couple of other attorneys who did little more than make complete fools of themselves. To those who have called Giuliani a clown, I would remind you that clowns can be pretty scary. One never knows what is behind the grease paint and the phony smiles. Read more…