Skip to comments.That's the ticket! (Top GOPer: Obama will tap Cuomo)
Posted on 07/04/2011 5:12:32 AM PDT by markomalley
A Prominent Republican is joining a prominent Democrat in predicting that Gov. Cuomo will become President Obama's running mate for vice president next year.
Former New York GOP boss William Powers, credited with playing a key role in electing Rudy Giuliani mayor and George Pataki governor, was effusive in his praise of Cuomo's successes in the just-ended legislative session, and in his prediction of the freshman governor's political future.
"Andrew had a fabulous session. It was fabulous. A property-tax cap, ethics reform and, for Democrats, gay marriage," said Powers.
"I don't think there's any doubt Obama is going to pick him as his running mate. The president is in trouble and [Vice President Joseph] Biden doesn't bring anything to his ticket.
"The president will call him up later this year and say, 'Andrew, you have to do this for the good of the country.' What's Andrew going to say, 'No?' "
Cuomo, who saw a flurry of predictions last week in the wake of the gay-marriage victory that he'll run for president in 2016, has repeatedly refused to discuss the possibility of higher office.
He wouldn't comment either on Powers' prediction, but a source familiar with his thinking half-jokingly said this when asked what action Cuomo would take if Obama called to offer him the nation's No. 2 position: "He won't answer."
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Cuomo should have been ripped to shreds over his roll in our continuing financial crisis. If the GOP let the Dems get away with him being remade as a New Democrat, that’ll be truly criminal.
I do not know anyone who votes a ticket because of a VP.
“It’s just putting lipstick on a pig” It’s still a pig
Who said that??
C’mon, Plugs ! You gonna take that lying down ?
The Democrats coming up with that idea are NUTZ. Sure, he'll get the Mexican and Salvadoran vote, and the black vote, but he'll lose the union vote ~
I think that was Biden's message the other day to the Teamsters. But without Biden on the ticket, they would be, I suppose free to vote Republican with Biden's blessing.
Time to go back to that speech of his. It may well have been important.
Biden is stupid enough to do anything Obama tells him to do.
Is Cuomo that stupid? And if he isn’t why would Obama want him?
Cuomo shares a secret with Obama. You guys just think he’s shacked up with that woman ~ more like she’s his cover for his true orientations.
Who cares. That does nothing to help electorally. Unless they think they might lose NY or CT
This time, they're going to lose the other 55 states as well.
More interesting scenario to consider: The Wee Wee screws up the economy so bad that the Rats dump him and draft Hillary and/or Cuomo in an attempt to pull out the election and possibly salvage the party.
Anybody besides this lunatic think this action is not only possible, but likely to happen?
OK does this mean Binden just went under the bus?
A very large number of Freepers claim to have voted for the McCain/Palin ticket ONLY because Sarah was on it.
The NY Times has a long feature on the relationship between former NY governor Mario Cuomo and presumptive 2010 gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo that includes quotes like "Hes thick skulled; he wont listen to me. Tell him what to do" (supposedly what Mario told a consultant about Andrew) and "There was this sense of rivalry Andrew seemed to feel that his dad talked a good game but that he, Andrew, got things done" (someone who worked under Andrew Cuomo at HUD). But what's interesting is how the 1977 mayoral campaign comes into play.
Back in 1977, Mario Cuomo was battling Ed Koch for the NYC mayorship, and there were nasty campaign posters saying "Vote For Cuomo, Not The Homo." When Andrew Cuomo was running for attorney general in 2006 (after his failed 2002 gubernatorial run and divorce from Kerry Kennedy), the NY Times reports, "Mario approached George Arzt, a former press secretary to Mr. Koch, at the Regency Hotel in New York and told him, Id like to patch things up with Ed, Mr. Arzt recalled. I asked him what he had in mind. And he said, Could Ed endorse Andrew?" Which Koch did do.
Koch, for his part, told Esquire, "The signs said, VOTE FOR CUOMO, NOT THE HOMO. Andrew says he didn't do it, and I believe him. Mario says he thinks he now knows who did it. I was very angry at the time. Primary races always end in anger. They're different than the general election: They're like a civil war it's brother against brother. But I've forgiven them. I'm eighty-five now, and grudges take your energy away. I've forgiven them all."
Legalize Gay Marriage - Vote Homo Not Cuomo <<--- UTube Ad
The already circus-like race for New York governor just went from one ring to three.
Independent Kristin Davis, the former New York madam, is now calling out Democrat Andrew Cuomo for not taking a stronger stance for gay rights.
Its outrageous that New York has not legalized same-sex marriage, Davis says in a new ad. Andrew Cuomo says he supports it, but when the marriage equality bill was before the Senate, he was asked to call three undecided Democratic senators and declined. A vote for me sends a strong message to Cuomo: we demand gay marriage now.
She ends the ad with a catchy phrase: Vote homo, not Cuomo:
According to CBS News, the line is a play off a campaign slogan used by some supporters of Andrews father Mario in the 1977 New York mayoral election against Ed Koch: Vote for Cuomo, not the homo. The reference was meant to advance rumors about Kochs sexuality.
from a left wing political site the evening of the big celebration:
Andrew Cuomo 2016 speculation heating up Politico ^ | 06/26/11
With his successful push to pass a gay marriage law, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo overnight became a national contender, putting down a major marker among the liberal party base that dominates the primaries.
Most politicians, including most Democrats, have been afraid of this issue. Andrew is the first national figure ever to embrace it so enthusiastically, said Richard Socarides, the president of Equality Matters and a former Clinton White House adviser. Clearly, this establishes him as the most important progressive leader of our party, setting him up very well for 2016.
Come 2016, Cuomo is the only one who will be able to say I delivered for you before everyone else realized it was politically popular, and that will be an invaluable asset, Socarides said, adding, it also has the benefit of being true.
Cuomo supporters already have fanned the flames privately of his prospects on the national stage: Rumors of his White House ambitions started circulating in New York even before he was elected last year by one of the largest margins in state history some of them date to the days when he was managing his fathers own multiple flirtations with a national run. ..........
Of the early potential Democratic contenders, Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley says he supports gay marriage but stopped short of making a major push for the legislation earlier in the year, while Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is opposed. Hillary Clinton, if she runs, would still have her commitment to civil unions but not gay marriage from the 2008 race hanging over her and at least until the end of next year, when shes said shell be done at the State Department, she wont be able to make any new comments on the issue.
It gives him an authenticity and a strength with progressives that will provide a real base not just gays, but progressives in general. Other people can say theyre for same sex marriage, he got it done, said Democratic political consultant Bob Shrum. I think it will always now be a hallmark of his political persona.
Cuomos push on gay marriage wasnt in a vacuum it came at the end of a tough legislative session when New York progressives were forced to swallow major budget cuts, tough on unions rhetoric and a refusal to even consider renewing the states expired millionaires tax.
Thats part of the persona hes crafting too, as Cuomo sets himself up as a governor whos pushed the party to the left on social issues and toward the center-right on economic issues. Its a message with both primary and general election appeal, though being so far out-front on gay marriage could be a problem in a November national election.
Hes created a profile that I think would make him a very effective candidate, Shrum said. Hes right on the social issues, and he will be even more right by 2016 than he is now in terms of Democratic primary voters, and in terms of the country, frankly. Hes created a profile of economic stewardship in a very difficult period that is very strong, hes managed to deal with unions without getting into the kind of destructive confrontations that people like Scott Walker have.
Joe Trippi, the former Howard Dean and John Edwards adviser, said its not too early to start the 2016 clock and, pointing to Michael Dukakis in 1988, noted theres a precedent for an ethnic Northeast governor appealing to Democrats far away from home.
I understand 2016s a long way off, and who knows where things will be then, but certainly, he has to be somebody that the party looks to for leadership once you get past Obamas reelection, Trippi said. Hes putting his stamp on what kind of party he thinks the Democrats should be.
Yea right, Like they were going to vote Obama but She changed their minds?
I voted for the McCain-Palin ticket solely because Obama was NOT on it!
“Andrew had a fabulous session. It was fabulous.”
Sometimes the jokes just write themselves
Never saw any claiming they'd have voted for the commie usurper.
Sadly, the choice forced upon us was a Commie or a RINO.
On this site, no one stays home
pointing to Michael Dukakis in 1988, noted theres a precedent for an ethnic Northeast governor appealing to Democrats far away from home.
That one turned out so well, I hope they repeat it.
Cuomo brings zilch to the Obama ticket. New York is already in the bag for the America hater POTUS Obama!!! Obama has NY, CA & DC, the rest is up for grabs. Cuomo is a zero asset for Obama, period. Biden is a moron, incompetent buffoon!!! He will be flushed down the toilet to forever obscurity and neglect!!! A totally useless human being!!!
This is true. Count me as one of those.
Supposedly Hillary wants to leave her position and Biden would be scooted over to Sec. of State.
My favorite bumper sticker of 2008 reflects that sentiment:
Palin - McWhat'sHisName
I know at least two people who had abandoned McCain only to come back and vote for him because they like Sarah Palin so much. I voted for the McCain ticket with much more enthusiasm than I would have had Sarah not been on it.
“Cuomo brings zilch to the Obama ticket. “
BO’s handlers are thinking, “four more years of Obama, then 8 years of Cuomo — the only guy in the country that’s to the politically to the left of Obama.”
Ah, the dreams of Soros and his minions.
NY GOP boss Williams Powers: not heard of him. Tom Dewey was also referred to as “NY GOP boss” in the 1940s and 1950s. Dewey, we later learned, was friendly with HHH but nominally committed to Nixon in 1968. John Connally was nonminally committed to HHH but apparently privately preferred Nixon as early as 1968. These old bosses are always full of surprises. None of which help the hapless American public see the light