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Democrat Andrew Cuomo Wins Governor's Race in New York

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NEW YORK – Andrew M. Cuomo, New York's attorney general, won a big victory Tuesday over Carl Paladino, a millionaire Buffalo developer, according to The New York Times. Cuomo was running comfortably ahead in a race that nearly everyone expected him to win handily.
Born and bred in politics, Cuomo inherits the mantle and liberal political legacy of his father, Mario M. Cuomo, the 52nd governor of New York, who at one time entertained the idea of running for president but never did.
Andy Cuomo, 52, is widely regarded as New York's most popular politician. His personal life, which he strives to keep private, has nevertheless become glamorously public with his long-term relationship with the celebrated chef and TV personality Sandra Lee, 43, host of the Food Network show "Semi-Homemade."

Cuomo's life today is a far cry from his life in 2002 and 2003, when he endured political defeat (a failed run for governor) and the brutal end of his 13-year marriage to Kerry Kennedy.
Though he seems to have been in politics since birth, Cuomo's political career began while chairing the transition committee for his father after the elder Cuomo's election as governor. It was at that time that the young Cuomo's abrasive personality became an issue, alienating people in and out of the party.
After a stint as President Clinton's Housing and Urban Development secretary and a failed run for governor in 2002, he didn't run for office until 2007, when he won the state's attorney general's job. In that role, he seems to have tamped down his reputation as brassy, secretive and manipulative.
His opponent in this race, Carl Pasquale Paladino, known for his "mad as hell" slogan and his rants and rages, is a 64-year-old anti-abortion businessman who distinguished himself in the past months by antagonizing or offending constituents and the media.
He denigrated gays (in a state were 58 percent of the residents favor same-sex marriage), tongue-lashing Cuomo for taking his teenage daughters to a gay pride parade, where, Paladino said, men wear "little Speedos and grind against each other." Those remarks came soon after he told a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn that he didn't want children "brainwashed" into thinking that homosexuality was an acceptable way of living.
Along the campaign trail, Paladino, who had tea party backing, promised "to take a bat" to the legislature in Albany and vouched less government, less taxes and less spending, all standard conservative positions. But he peppered his campaign with distractions. He picked a fight with a well-known New York Post columnist, accusing him and the newspaper of harassing the 10-year-old daughter Paladino fathered during an extramarital affair. He also admitted forwarding pornographic and racially degrading e-mails to friends.
New York had rarely seen the likes of Paladino. And the polls showed that his brand of politics did not suit the majority of the state's voters. By mid-October, the Quinnipiac University poll showed Cuomo opening an 18 percentage point lead over Paladino.
It seemed then that Paladino was done, and a new Cuomo era was about to begin.

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Donna Cuffs

Gov. elect Cuomo-it would be wonderful if we finally had a governor in Albany that actually had New Yorkers best interest in mind. We are sitting on a gift from God with the Marcellus, Utica and Herkimer Shale in our State. Approving safe drilling would not only add jobs) which are GREATLY NEEDED) but it would tremendously decrease our dependence on foreign oil. As a lifetime New Yorker I have been embarrassed by how State legislatures, and the soon to be ex-governor, have destroyed our State...PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take the bull by the horns and get our State back on top! Stop this foolish moratorium and bring back jobs to NYS!

December 02 2010 at 6:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian

I'll tell you exactly when Paladino lied. After the news of his extramarital affair came out, he claimed in public that he had "proof positive" that Cuomo had also cheated on his wife. This caused Cuomo and his daughters a great deal of trouble and mental anguish, until someone insisted that Paladino come clean with his proof, and he said he had been "misquoted", and that he had none. Misquoted? He lied. Plain and simple.

November 03 2010 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
priority109

was bad enough that cUomo got rewarded with atty general after helping HUD bankrupt the nation and his claims that HE will clean up corruption are beyond belief. How could the citizens of nys be so ignorant ? and of all the newspapers out here,only the village voice reported on cuOmo's direct involvement in the mortgage mess via his glory day @ hud....great choice !

November 03 2010 at 3:09 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Brian

I voted for Cuomo simply because I wanted to vote against Paladino. The thought of having a bigot and a liar as governor kinda rubbed me the wrong way. If Paladino were a Democrat, he'd have been run out of the country for all that he has done. Lest we forget the treatment Bill Clinton got for an extramarital affair. But it's all right when the GOP does it, apparently. It's also all right when this guy lies in order to smear his opponent, it seems, and when he calls African-Americans the "n-word" and says nasty things about gays. Well, call me crazy, but I did not want this man to be governor.

November 02 2010 at 10:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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priority109

who lied ? and of course the typical dem voted for cuOmo inspite of his direct involvement in HUD,lawsuits against the banks refusing to give loans to the unqualified,leading to SUPPOSEDLY GUARANTEED loans going out....leading to what ? your head is still stuck where the sun don't shine ? still in denial over the party and clowns responsible here ? sure,make cuOMO the gov now as rewarding a corrupt dem with atty general wasn't enough.

November 03 2010 at 3:04 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
APerfectGentlman

Priority, did you REALLY vote for Paladino? If so, why, aside from the fact that you just clicked on every Conservative candidate you could find. I genuinely think Paladino has mental issues. The man is not someone who I would want representing my State. You pick one issue to rip Cuomo and completely ignore others that make Paladino even more reprehensible. Brian makes a good point about how Conservatives excoriated Clinton for an extra-marital affair (never consummated, by the way), yet all of you looked the other way when the Paladino love child was found. You all even turned on Conservative mouthpiece Fred Dicker of the Conservative NY Post when Paladino showed the lack of class and brains to threaten a reporter and tell him that he was going to "take him out." Again, THAT is the kind of man you want running your state? Not me. Not ever.

November 03 2010 at 8:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
billlesd

Cuomo wins. A sad reflection of the fact that so many New Yorkers are lazy union members ( Democratic minions) or dependent types with their hands out, collecting other people's money. Yeah, Cuomo is "popular"..... among those New Yorkers who are incapable of thinking for themselves. New York, this guy supports Charles "I pay no taxes" Rangel.....pathetic. Cuomo's election represents another reason for New Yorkers with any cash, any sense of self respect and any sense of self preservation to flee the state.

November 02 2010 at 9:58 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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