NY Press Corps' Water Cooler Moment on Andrew Cuomo
Indeed, there are a number of issues where Cuomo’s feet have remained dangerously distant from the fire. Since Wall Street resides in the Empire State, the bursting mortgage bubble has emerged as one of the leading fiscal problems for the state. Yet Cuomo has only faintly been pressed about his tenure as the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the large expansion of sub-prime mortgages. Cuomo even delivered a speech admitting to the large risk of default in unconventional mortgages, while downplaying their danger. Widespread corruption in New York state remains a fixture of local politics, despite Andrew Cuomo’s tenure as AG. What about SEIU’s Working Families Party endorsement when Cuomo is running on a platform supposedly detrimental to government unions?
The media has done more than just complain of transparency. Elinor Tatum, managing editor of the Amsterdam News, penned an open letter condemning Cuomo’s detachment from campaigning and meeting with the black community. She wrote:
You have remained silent. You have met with no one. And I mean no one. You have not spoken to us or any other media outlets, for that matter. You seem to think that you are the golden child who cannot be touched but I am afraid, my friend, you may be sorely mistaken.
Less than a day later and the NY press corps’ water cooler moment has concluded. The same Newsday writer that opined on Cuomo’s “substantial” lack of sunlight regarding state employee contracts is headlining an assault on Paladino’s campaign spending for staff. I suppose that when you are trailing by double digits in the polls, having more staff is nefarious, while policies to fix a crumbling state budget are mundane.
(The boss has entered the break room.)
“What is this? A coffee break! You’re supposed to be carrying water!”