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Important Dates for 2002:

June 18 - First day party candidates can gather signatures for petitions

August 1 - Last day to file petitions

August 9 -  Certification of primary ballot by State Board of Elections

September 10 - Primary Election

September 30 - Certification of general election ballot by State Board of Elections

November 5 - General Election

"When You Try To Communicate Too Many Ideas, Sometimes You Wind Up Communicating Nothing"

--Andrew Cuomo, September 3, 2002, dropping out of the governors race.

"I can not tell you how much fun this campaign has been. It’s been over eighteen months. And I enjoyed every day on the trail. And we did good work, we accomplished great things.

A political movement that has force is about ideas and about energy and we brought both to this campaign. We laid out a full reform agenda, from campaign finance reform to lobbying reform, to education reform, to reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws instead of just taking about them, raising the minimum wage, rather than just talking about it.

We talked about issues that people didn’t want to talk about. We talked about poverty and income inequality and racism and discrimination, even though its not politic, it has to be on the table if you’re really going to be a progressive movement. And we brought that to this discussion. That is a priceless asset for the process.

But I also learned that you can sometimes have too many good ideas, and when you try to communicate too many ideas, sometimes you wind up communicating nothing. And in part the campaign did that, and we fell behind in the polls in July and August. It was my campaign, and I am accustomed to leadership. I accept full responsibility for the way the campaign was run. And we fell behind in the polls and we had to catch up, and my advisor said, to catch up, this is how you do it. You run negative TV ads, talking about your opponent and what your opponent has done or hasn’t done. You can use that to lift yourself up. You can go negative, as they say. They believed that we could run negative ads and we could actually make up the difference. That is something I don’t want to do and I will not do. This is not to say that I don’t want to win. I do want to win very badly. I tend to be a competitive fellow and I tend to believe we could do great, great things for the State of New York. It’s not that I don’t believe in vigorous political debate , I do. But this is also a very special time and in many ways, a unique time. We still have an open wound that we are dealing with from last year’s Democratic mayoral election. And feelings are still sensitive and fragile. We need healing now, maybe more than ever before, especially in the memory of 9/11. If we were to now spend 2 million dollars this week on an acrimonious campaign, we would only guarantee a bloody and broke Democratic nominee, whoever won. And the ultimate success for Governor Pataki in November would be assured.

Maybe we could win the battle, but we would lose the war, my friends. That’s not what this is about. I believe in President Clinton’s one America, I believe in Mario Cuomo’s legacy of the family of New York, I believe in Robert Kennedy’s spirit of brotherhood. That is my political philosophy, that is what this campaign has been about. Bringing people together and community and sharing. And I’m not going to start dividing now.

I will not close a gap in an election by opening one in the body politic. That’s why, while it is harder for me to step back than to fight forward, today I step back and withdraw from the race. I believe the banner we carry is more important than the person who carries the banner.

I will vote for Carl McCall on September 10, and I urge all Democrats to vote for Carl McCall. If you are a supporter of mine, I urge you to support Carl McCall with the same passion that you have supported me. Let Democratic unity start today, not next week. We need every day we can have to bring the Democratic party together. If we are united, we win. It’s that simple, and let’s start unifying today.

What I do today, trying to unify us as a Democratic party, trying to unify us as a political process is the lesson that New Yorkers taught us all over this past year. Remember in the wake of last September, how beautiful and exquisite New Yorkers were when they all came together and they didn’t see race, and they didn’t see color of skin, and they didn’t see sexual orientation or religious classification. They just saw New Yorkers. And we were there one for another, not looking at what divided us, but looking at what brought us together, looking at the commonalties among all of us. That is the spirit that I think is so powerful in New York, that we can take this diversity and we can make it a strength. And maybe the politics does have to be as good as the people, because New Yorkers have set the bar high, high for all of us to try to meet. And we try to do that today.

 

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