THE CAPITOL CONNECTION: You’ve got to have friends

LET THIS BE A LESSON to everyone.

What happened to Andrew Cuomo can happen to anyone at some point in their lives. You just never know when a good life can turn really sour in one hell of a split second.

Andrew was desperate to have a fourth term. In the case of the governorship in New York, there is no law against fourth terms. We really don’t know why this was so important to him. Maybe he was competing with his father, who was denied his chance to set that record. Maybe he was honoring his father. Maybe a little of both.

My troubles with Andrew started early when he decided that he would deprive Carl McCall, then the state comptroller, of his chance to run for governor. Had McCall won, he would have been the first Black governor of New York. Frankly, I was infuriated. I said so and, as I have written here before, it came between me and Mario and basically killed our long-time relationship. This was just one example of how many people had dysfunctional relationships with the man in the hot water. Read more…

THE CAPITOL CONNECTION: His crystal ball tells all

I TOLD YOU what was going to happen.

Andrew Cuomo appears to be off the hook. He will not be impeached. He will not resign. Unless something really dramatic happens, he will use his millions to run for the fourth term once denied to his father and he will win reelection. If Congressman Lee Zeldin is his only opponent, the Republican will be creamed. The New York Republicans are so timid and so under the thumb of Donald Trump that they will basically give up. Some Republicans know what is going to happen and they aren’t happy about the prospects.

It was pretty clear to me that Speaker Carl Heastie, who is one smart politician, will never have the internal resources to go after Cuomo. The governor is a take-no-prisoners politician with a very long memory. He would never forgive Heastie if the younger, aggressive Assembly Democrats try to impeach the governor. That was clear to me on day one. In the meantime, the Senate Democrats who want Cuomo gone will not be able to remove him no matter how much they want to. In New York, governors are very important. Read more…


I KNOW A LOT about the Cuomos. I was on the air with Mario Cuomo for so long that I literally forgot whether our weekly show lasted for 12 years or 18 years. It busted up when Mario got mad at when I called out his son, Andrew, for taking on Carl McCall who, at the time, seemed to have a lock on the Democratic nomination to run for governor of New York. Andrew meant a lot to his father and mother and I took it from both barrels when Mario questioned why I had to do it. He made it very clear to me that I had hurt him in the eyes of his family. When I told him that the resulting brouhaha and our subsequent split had caused chaos in my family, he threw that back at me and said, “Your family?!”

There’s no question that Mario loved his son and said so again and again. On the other hand, the father knew the son’s faults, just as good fathers often do. Kids can sometimes cause chaos in families. I don’t care if they are Italian or Jewish or Polish families, we fathers love our children. Just look at the relationship between Joe and Hunter Biden. That father-son thing is probably one of the most dangerous land mines for a politician.

I have always harbored some internal guilt over disappointing my friend Mario over the issue of Andrew, his number one son. So it has been with some trepidation that I continually write about his kid and that kid’s character. Read more…