Cuomo’s $10 Million Dollar Attack Ads
by Paul Wolf - posted 2:25 am, July 18, 2014
It gets so tiring to see just about every campaign no matter the office spewing out negative attack ads that seek to destroy people instead of talking about issues.
Andrew Cuomo has a campaign war chest of $35 million financed from wealthy special interest donors. Cuomo’s Republican opponent Rob Astorino has $3.5 million. Due to the huge money difference and name recognition this race was over before it started.
It has been reported that Cuomo plans on spending $10 million on attack ads against Astorino. Cuomo’s most recent attack ad criticizes Astorino for being a petty corrupt politician who has helped friends obtain patronage jobs. I guess were all supposed to believe that Cuomo does not engage in the same corrupt petty behavior.
The Governor who talked a good game about addressing corruption in Albany by forming the Moreland Commission, has a lot of nerve to run attack ads regarding political corruption. Despite all the talk about reform Cuomo disbanded the Moreland Commission before it accomplished anything of substance. At one point the Moreland Commission wanted to issue subpoenas to real estate developers who appeared to make substantial campaign donations in exchange for tax breaks. Wealthy real estate developers are a big source of campaign donations for Cuomo and his staff members made sure that the Moreland Commission did not go down this road. With campaign donations of $35 million, Cuomo is the king of pay to play political corruption.
After four years as Governor, Cuomo should be able to campaign on his record. The blistering negative attacks of his first three commercials is really quite amazing. It is not enough for Cuomo to win, he wants to win huge. His ego and desire to run for President requires it.
Astorino has won two elections as a Republican in Westchester County, a county with 100,000 more Democrats than Republicans. In order to win his elections Astorino obviously had support among Democrats. Cuomo’s first two ads described Astorino as being “… so far right, he’s wrong for New York.” Given the Democratic support Astorino has received, Cuomo’s characterization is probably inaccurate but it appears Cuomo prefers simplistic attacks instead of running on his record.