How deep is the alienation from Cuomo in New York?
Still aftershocks from the Teachout result in NY! The Albany Times-Union writes on Cuomo:
For someone as openly and imperially contemptuous of those who disagree with him, actually losing 31 upstate counties is a proper comeuppance.
It's one of those rare occasions when the voters have a chance to say "screw you" right back, and upstate certainly did that. ...
But the primary numbers show a far more widespread revolt against the governor than just a rising of the lefties.
Cuomo has offended great swaths of the population with his hypocritical, self-serving and ham-fisted approach to governance.
The Capital Region voted close to two to one against him. As my colleague Chris Churchill so eloquently noted the day after the election, the primary showed that those of us who know him best, like and respect him least.
The day after, former Cuomo chief of staff Howard Glaser dismissively labeled the enormous thumbs down the Capital Region gave the governor as the work of "special interests," like union folks, state workers, teachers, all those he said had an ax to grind.
What baloney. Nearly all of us could be tagged with belonging to one special interest or another. That does not diminish the power of each of those votes or the credibility of the voter. ...
The temptation is to believe the governor will look at the results upstate and decide he has to soften his approach and actually engage those who disagree with him to arrive at some sort of acceptable consensus. You know, old-fashioned democracy. I'm afraid it's far more likely that our vindictive governor will look at the results and decide we need to be punished instead. How dare we. Lord knows what form of torture that will take.
What no doubt unsettles the confident Cuomo camp, whether they are willing to admit it or not, is the unanswered critical question: just how deep and prevailing is the dissatisfaction among all the voters of the state.
Interestingly, the Siena College poll has the Green Party's Howie Hawkins at 12% in two conservative upstate districts, where previous statewide polls had him at 7% (see map). Before Teachout. These are Hudson River valley districts, so I wonder if it's fracking? Back to Cuomo and his discontents, from the NY Daily News:
A number of people close to Cuomo recognize that last week’s low-turnout Democratic primary in which the governor’s two opponents garnered nearly 40% of the vote is evidence there is an enthusiasm gap for Cuomo despite his still strong poll numbers.
Those same sources are urging the governor to campaign more aggressively, debate Republican opponent Rob Astorino, and lay out a second-term agenda rather than just touting his record from his first four years.
“If we learned nothing else from this primary, we need to give people a reason to come out,” said one source. “You need a vision to motivate folks.”
Said a second source with ties to Cuomo: “He’s got to really engage in the process of campaigning. He’s got to get out and connect with people and energize them. He has the ability to do that. He hasn't so far but now he needs to.”
If people just don't like the guy, that won't help. So I hope Cuomo goes with this advice. Cuomo is arrogant, thin-skinned, and owned by Big Money. He's also corrupt. He's bound to stumble.