THE CAPITOL CONNECTION: Cuomos’ talk won’t topple Gov

OH, BROTHER! BROTHERS ANDREW AND CHRIS Cuomo are accused of being nice to each other. Chris, who has the most popular show on CNN, has been charged with the heinous crime of having advised his brother on how to get out of his current mess. Instead of doing the advising mano a mano, Christopher apparently joined a group of so-called “advisors” to tell Andrew how to play the carom off the wall, as we used to say during our Fire Island handball days.

Andrew has often taken a teasing tone when he talks about Chris. It’s reminiscent of the old Smothers Brothers show, as in “Mom always liked you better.” Ever eager to get Andrew on just about anything, the media has jumped on this one big time. It has landed with less than an A-bomb effect. It seems to me that with all the things Andrew has to worry about, this CNN kerfuffle is way at the bottom of the list.

Wouldn’t most of us help our siblings it we were asked? Even when things have been contentious moments between my twin brother and me, there was that special connection that meant that when one was busted, the other would be called on to help. I can remember some unbelievable fights against some overwhelming odds, but we gave it our all. So when it comes to the Cuomo brothers, I truly get it. My bet is that everyone reading this who has a sibling will get it, too. Read more…

THE CAPITOL CONNECTION: Here’s how Cuomo sees it

IT IS NOW COMING DOWN to the possible end of Andrew Cuomo’s tenure as governor. We know that the attorney general and the Assembly have authorized investigations into Cuomo’s behavior. To understand all of this, you have to think like Tough Guy Andrew.

As I have been suggesting, Andrew thinks that he will survive and if he does, the way will be clear to run for a fourth term and win. Like his nemesis, Donald Trump, Cuomo will surely try to tough it out. Oh, he’s tried to make it all better. In one press conference, he cried and sort of apologized. The problem for him was that few were buying. I think he got that and decided enough is enough. He decided just to do his job and to hell with the apologies. For the most part, he did not talk to the press but the press dutifully reported on whatever he had to say about the virus or any other part of government.

In the meantime, his enemies and detractors were waiting for the various investigating committees to report. Oh yes, a number of Cuomo’s staffers were jumping ship but that meant little to Andrew himself. Now, slowly the story began to change. He insisted that he had not harassed anyone, a point which he has made over and over again. Andrew has been figuring the political odds. The key question was whether his political opponents had the ability to kick him out of office. Cuomo has been figuring that they do not have the guts to do that. He is kicking ass and taking names to make sure that his political enemies don’t have the support to go forward with a prosecution, either legal or political, as in impeachment. Read more…

THE CAPITOL CONNECTION: Silver’s guilty, others are too

I CAN’T STOP THINKING about Shelly Silver. He got seven years in prison for an illegal quid pro quo arrangement. It came down to something like, “Doctor, I’ll get you some money for your mesothelioma work if you send some of your patients to my law practice.” He shouldn’t have done that. He put into words what should never have been uttered. He was guilty of having said it and that violates not only the laws of the land, but the rules of common sense. It was just dumb and corrupt.

If you know anything about the New York State legislature, you know that lawmakers trade getting stuff done for money and/or power all the time. We know that the lobbyists ask for things and then the people who pay the lobbyists send money to support individual candidates.

Shelly is an old man who was done in by his hubris and arrogance. He broke the code of legislative life and in so doing, he crossed the line. He got the attention of the authorities and they threw the book at him. This was done to assure the people that all was well with their government. My students would regularly tell me that their parents hated the legislature because “…they’re all a bunch of crooks.” It may not have been true of all of them, but there’s no question that the legislature is unpopular. Read more…