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Too clever by half


The governor's race in New York this year has the self-aggrandizing incumbent, Andrew Cuomo, in the Democratic corner. In the Republican corner is Rob Astorino, someone I had never heard of before he was nominated and someone I'll soon forget unless he pulls off an upset like George Pataki's defeat of Mario Cuomo—Andrew's father—20 years ago.

Anyway, an attack ad Cuomo's minions have been running berates Astorino and his running mate for their failure to release their tax returns for public scrutiny. Astorino, the ad claims, has released a return for only one year, while his running mate has released none.

Why are they withholding? the ads ask. What are they hiding? And then, the finishing line:

"You can't clean up Albany with dirty hands."

So: an attack ad from Cuomo's minions says, in effect, that Albany needs to be cleansed of rampant political corruption—a cleanup that did not occur during Cuomo's term.

This is an attack ad that inflicts damage on both sides. A good trick, that.

(I voted for Andrew Cuomo but over the last couple of years have come to believe he works better as a concept.)

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penshark
Oct. 24th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
I love the concept line.
patrick_vecchio
Oct. 24th, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
The more I know about this guy, the less I like him.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 24th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
One of Cuomo's latest ads shows him in the kitchen pouring over homework with the kids. His parting comment relates to all of the new trends in education, specifically Common Core. At the end of the shot he says there is no better place to educate your kids than the kitchen table. If you took a poll of ten people you would be ten for ten with no parent able to assist heir kid at the kitchen table. Conceptually, Cuomo gets an A for effort and a D for execution when it comes to education in NYS-Holiday
patrick_vecchio
Oct. 24th, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
If the kitchen table truly is the best place to educate kids, then I am the reincarnation of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 26th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
"The Cuomo Concept" sounds like a great title for a Ludlum book.
patrick_vecchio
Oct. 26th, 2014 05:04 am (UTC)
He's a concept, all right.
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