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Cuomo Finally Announces Gubernatorial Bid

by on May 23, 2010

The first thing I’d like to say is “It’s about time.”

Solidly leading all match-ups, the race is his to lose. And, call me crazy, he could still lose it. If you think it’s impossible, just ask Martha Coakley.

The biggest problem for the Republican candidates and for Steve Levy is complete lack of party unity behind their potential canditate. In a Cuomo/Lazio match-up, 39% of Republicans choose Cuomo. In a Cuomo/Paladino match-up, 45% of Republicans choose Cuomo.

Yeah, so, New York Republicans are helping give Cuomo a free ride to the governorship.

Of course, Cuomo’s late entry into the race reveals his biggest weakness.

When Fred Thompson was rumored to be interested in running for president in 2008, he was instantly a contender… Polls showed him on top, and many saw him (for reasons I still don’t understand) as the next Reagan. Well, by the time he actually got into the race, his best days were behind him. His candidacy fell flat. Why? Because Republicans had canonized him so much that the idea of him as a candidate could never be matched by his actual being a candidate. I suspect something similar to happen with Cuomo.

Now that he’s in, answering question and going on the campaign trail, he is pretty much at a point where he can’t go anywhere but down. Though a slight bump after his announcement is likely, the microscope will now be turned on him, and I suspect (and hope) those 40-45 percent of Republicans who see him as a better alternative to Lazio or Paladino will think better of it, and Independents who have seen how the Democratic party has failed the leadership test that momentum will shift in the favor of either Republican candidate.

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6 Comments
  1. Steve permalink

    Down he will go once the Kennedy’s get done with him.. Payback is a…..

  2. Regarding Fred Thompson, I’m more a fan of Jeri Thompson.
    Regarding Cuomo, some Kennedy drama would gin up this race nicely.

  3. NY republican permalink

    REPUBLICAN RYAN BRUMBERG ANNOUNCES BID FOR CONGRESS IN NEW YORK’S 14TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT—CHALLENGES DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT

    New York, NY–-Ryan Brumberg has resigned his position as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company to challenge incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney for New York’s 14th Congressional District. Socially liberal and fiscally conservative, Mr. Brumberg is the new breed of the Republican Party.
    Mr. Brumberg outlined his philosophy: “History has repeatedly shown that despite good intentions; corporate bailouts, massive stimulus spending, and heavy corporate regulation will weaken the economic recovery, increase deficits, and drive the country towards bankruptcy. Innovation and private industry, not government and bureaucracy, create sustainable jobs.” In challenging Democratic Representative Maloney, candidate Brumberg has pledged to bring a fact-based approach to the nation’s most pressing problems. Brumberg elaborated: “The problems facing our economy and finances are too severe to allow ideology—Democratic or Republican—to guide our national decisions. Government needs to be smarter. America should continue to be the envy of the world, and New York the envy of America.” Mr. Brumberg’s campaign officially kicked off Thursday night, April 29th, at a fundraising celebration hosted by supporters of Brumberg for Congress. Brumberg has already raised approximately 50% per cent as much campaign funds in the past three weeks, as the prior three Republican candidates raised in the past three elections combined. A lifelong New Yorker, Ryan Brumberg grew up just outside of the city. He has deep roots in Manhattan’s East Side, where his family has lived for more than 60 years. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University, with top honors from Stanford Law School, and then returned home to New York City to join McKinsey & Company.

  4. Cuomo seems to be the man to beat right now…wondering if the race for Governor will tighten some after Labor Day when the voters begin to take more notice.

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