In the second scathing column in a week from the Post’s Fred Dicker, news from state-wide Democratic insiders continues to go downhill for Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Last week, it was revealed that his party for the first time realizes that he could be defeated in this fall’s election by our own Rob Astorino. We speculated on Facebook that since he’s never really been challenged, no one really knows how he would react. So far, it hasn’t been pretty.
Now this week, his national appeal seems to be fading too. Why? He’s worsening relations with his own party — a party that, by the way, is quickly moving so far to the left it’s even too liberal for rank and file New York Democrats, not known for being centrists:
He has had issues almost daily in recent weeks with Mayor de Blasio, top union leaders, the Working Families Party, former state Chairmen Jay Jacobs and John Sullivan, and key party leaders including state Democratic Co-Chair Stephanie Miner, who resigned abruptly last week.
Last month Democratic activist Bill Samuels — whose father, Howard, was the Democrats’ official choice for governor in 1974 (defeated in the primary by Hugh Carey) — even called Cuomo an “embarrassment’’ to his party and said he should run for re-election as a Republican.
“People don’t like Andrew Cuomo, and if you ask about the presidency, there’s no support there,’’ a prominent Democratic activist and party official told The Post.
This was reflected in a recent national poll as well:
Just 2 percent of Democrats picked Cuomo as their preferred candidate for president in 2016, down from 4 percent in December. Biden was backed by 14 percent and Warren by 6 percent.
The column also picks apart the state Democratic Party as a whole, saying:
The state party has become an embarrassment, it has been marginalized, and it has become a virtual shadow of what it once was. The party has been completely subsumed by the governor’s agenda and persona.
Pretty severe stuff about a guy who’s supposedly unbeatable. And this is from people who should be his supporters! Imagine what the millions of New Yorkers Cuomo’s angered by his exclusionary and extreme policies are thinking!