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Cuomo:Donovan Win Would "Retire" AG's Office
November 1st, 2010

Andrew Cuomo made a plea to Democratic voters today to back Sen. Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General. “If we don’t have Eric Schneiderman in office you are basically going to retire that office from service,” Cuomo said. “His opponent literally says, ‘I don’t want to be sheriff of Wall Street.’ What do you mean, you don’t want to be sheriff of Wall Street? The job description is you are sheriff of Wall Street. If you don’t want the job,don’t run for the job,” Cuomo said at a get out the vote rally in Albany today.

Cuomo is absolutely devastating Republican candidate Carl Paladino in the polls but Schneiderman, according to the latest Siena poll, is in a dead heat with Republican Dan Donovan. Donovan has managed to close a rather large gap in the polls despite a huge fund raising disadvantage.

“We can not lose that office. I am a little partial. I am a little partisan,” Cuomo said.

Schneiderman canceled some scheduled stumping with Rep. Nita Lowery in Ossining this morning and appeared in Albany with Cuomo and a number of local politicians to rally union members.

Cuomo spent most of his speech ribbing and soothing the ego of Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings. Cuomo said Jennings takes it personally when phrases like “Albany dysfunction,” and “Albany corruption are used. “They don’t mean you Jerry,” Cuomo said. Jennings is actually a bit of a controversial figure in Albany. Cuomo was surrounded by the old guard of Albany politicians.

Cuomo went on to say that the Paladino camp is using the classic political strategy of divide and conquer–trying to split the state by capitalizing on the upstate and downstate divide as well as gender, sex and race.

His running mate Robert Duffy introduced Cuomo and kept up his role as attack dog and official Paladino basher. He said Cuomo won’t need a “baseball bat” to change Albany.

Later when taking questions from reporters Cuomo was elusive as ever

Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schnedierman

Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schnedierman

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“If you want to know what I will do when I am in office take a look at my record as Attorney General,” he said.

By on November 1, 2010, 4:04 pm
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One Response to “Cuomo:Donovan Win Would "Retire" AG's Office”

  1. Frank Vernuccio Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I propose that the state constitution be amended to require that sitting AG’s be forbidden from running for office, other than their own re-election. Clearly, an AG with higher political aspirations–or members of his staff–may be tempted to abuse his office’s powers for political purposes. An incumbent AG seeking to run for governor should first resign.

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