Skip to comments.She's no (First) Lady: Gov-elect Andrew Cuomo's girlfriend Sandra Lee won't have official title
Posted on 12/31/2010 4:32:22 AM PST by NYer
Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo with Food Network star and girlfriend Sandra Lee in 2009.
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New Yorkers can call her the domestic diva, shortcut cooking queen or the governor's main dish - they just can't call Sandra Lee the First Lady.
The girlfriend of Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo won't have any official titles, duties or staff.
"Sandra would never expect any taxpayer dollar to support the contributions she makes nor would she want to burden the state in any way," Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto said.
That's smart, say etiquette experts, noting the First Lady title doesn't extend to Lee since the duo haven't uttered "I do."
"It's absolutely incorrect to call her the First Lady," said Lyudmila Bloch of Etiquette Outreach, a Manhattan manners school. Instead, she said, dignitaries and constituents should call her Ms. Lee.
The charismatic couple, who met at a Hamptons bash five years ago, won't move into the executive mansion. They'll use their Mount Kisco house as a home base, Vlasto said.
One source added that "She's very much a part of his life and will do whatever he needs."
The 44-year-old Food Network host joins the ranks of Diana Taylor, Mayor Bloomberg's companion, affectionately referred to as "Diana."
"I'm all for modern takes on partnerships, but in this case, unless you are married, I'd refrain from using the title First Lady," said Anna Post of the Emily Post Institute.
Traditionally, the state's First Ladies have had a prominent public role in government as well as a staff and budget.
Lee, a Food Network host and author who boasts a product line, did say last year she'd bring her creative cuisine to the executive mansion.
"I will cook. And do you know what I'm going to bring when I get to the governor's mansion? Great garnishes."
She’s no cook, either.
Sandra will have lots of fun creating "tablescapes" at the Governor's Mansion. Just what New Yorkers need (/sarc).
How about just calling her “The Beard.”
..can she shovel snow?
How about “The Royal Consort?”
Let me guess, they’re waiting to get better situated financially before they can get married? Or maybe, Cuomo wants to pretend that he’s Catholic, so rather than going through all that messy annulment process for a divorcé marrying a divorceé, which may not go their way anyway, they’ll just shack up indefinitely.
In the old days, public figures had the decency to keep this a little more low key. No wonder I don’t let my youngsters read newspapers.
But to you know you can turn the dishwasher into a snow blower just give her a shovel.
Aunt Sandy? First Lush is more like it. Cocktails!
How about slut?
Yep that is her. Google kwanza cake to really cringe in horror.
At least our Florida homo Governor Crist had the decency to marry his “beard” when he ran for the title
UGH!! I can’t stand her no-cooking drunken a**!
Too bad they cut that pic off above her best attributes...
But nobody doesn’t like Sandra Lee.
Sandra Lee and the famous Kwanzaa Cake (Food Network)
More photos! SL is the only reason I watch the Food Channel. (May I suggest the title of “First MILF?”)
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