Andrew Cuomo, betting that he's still running in a very blue state, offers a bit of a challenge to the Republican base:
"There are no places in New York today for tea party politics," he said today, per NY1's Josh Robin.
Via CBS News:
Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto said: “The spotlight is now on the choice between the tea party extremism of Carl Paladino or Andrew Cuomo's record of fighting corruption, standing up for a woman's right to choose, and his detailed plans to create jobs for New Yorkers.”
What is Cuomo's strategy here? With a lead of a mere six points in a race he was supposed to win in a romp, is he trying to motivate the liberal base to show up in November? Does he believe that the Tea Party's brand of "civic insurrection" won't play well in a de facto welfare state like New York? Or are we seeing what Elliot Spitzer called "the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there" coming out of the closet like a cornered animal?
I guess since Cuomo can't run "above the fray anymore" (as he has been reduced from heir-apparent to simply a contender), he's decided to go negative, and not simply against the opposition candidate, but against all of his citizen supporters as well.
Interesting. Let's see how this works out for you, Andy...