More than half of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll would vote for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo over three potential Republican opponents in the 2010 race for governor.
Cuomo, who announced his Democratic candidacy for governor on Saturday, disclosed Wednesday that Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy is his pick for lieutenant governor.
Cuomo is expected to face little or no opposition within his party. In late February, Democratic Gov. David Paterson said he would not seek election to a full term.
On the Republican side, several prospective candidates are vying for the party’s nod.
If the 2010 election for governor were held today, 58 percent of readers would pick Cuomo over former Rep. Rick Lazio of Long Island; 62 percent would choose Cuomo over Steve Levy, the county executive of Suffolk County; and 60 percent would select him over Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino.
Roughly 700 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted May 24 and 25—before the selection of Duffy was announced.
If the 2010 election for governor were held today and the candidates were Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Rick Lazio, whom would you vote for?
Andrew Cuomo: 58%
Rick Lazio: 42%
If the 2010 election for governor were held today and the candidates were Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Steve Levy, whom would you vote for?
Andrew Cuomo: 62%
Steve Levy: 38%
If the 2010 election for governor were held today and the candidates were Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino, whom would you vote for?
Andrew Cuomo: 60%
Carl Paladino: 40%
What is your political affiliation?
Here are some comments from readers:
It really doesn’t matter who the governor is if the Legislature isn’t fixed.
Why would anyone reward a member of the current Legislature with the governorship? They are among the most dysfunctional group in the nation. At least Cuomo has been going after people who have broken the laws (his job) and possibly can carry this work and moral ethic through to the Executive Mansion. Let’s hope he’s not another Eliot Spitzer, but I do hope he can change things in Albany if we give him a new set of representatives to work with. That’s right, a new set. Don’t reward those who have helped make the government dysfunctional. Get rid of them so we can start over.
It is amazing how dysfunctional our New York State government is with one party having the majority control.
We have already lived with Cuomo leadership, and no one should have to live through it again! Our state is in need of real change, and Andrew Cuomo represents more of the same old, tired spend-and-tax leadership we have been suffering with for years. It is time for a fiscal conservative to take the reins and lead us out of the abysmal hole this state finds itself in. Cuomo hasn’t got the orientation to make a difference, no matter what his campaign slogans will suggest.
Just look at his accomplishments as attorney general—undoubtedly the best candidate by far.
—Seth Oser, Oser Press
I’m disappointed that David Paterson got pushed out. I think he has done a terrific job, and if he were running he’d get my vote over Cuomo or any of the Republicans. The only way Andrew Cuomo can live up to all the hype is by succeeding better at convincing the Legislature to go along with all the same things Paterson has been trying to get them to do. And I don’t see why we expect that to happen.
Andrew Cuomo has been part of the establishment for 30 years. I am not sure that electing him will change much of anything. The real answer to the poll question would be “none of the above.” Maybe Tom Golisano should come back and run.
It has been a very bad time in New York since the current governor was not elected. Everyone I know will vote for Cuomo, since he has a name we know the best.
None of the above.
—Lee Drake, CEO, OS-Cubed Inc.
The same holds true today as it did 20 years ago: Follow the ABC rule, which was then “Anybody But Cuomo.” Mass exodus of business, higher-than-national-average unemployment, added social programs we could not afford. How can we have forgotten the worst governor of the last century or perhaps ever? Even members of the Tweed machine were better. Crooked, but at least competent. Do you think the apple really falls far from the tree? Cuomo will run this state further into the ground when combined with an incompetent Legislature. He has no practical experience to be a chief executive just like the last two, and he has been riding his daddy’s coattails and getting favoritism jobs in the Democratic machine since law school. He will be elected, however, because people of New York State are not just a little stupid, we are stuck on stupid. (See Sheldon Silver, Joe Bruno, Elliot Spitzer, George Pataki, Dave Paterson, Eric Massa, Schmuck Tumor, Dan Maffei, Anthony Weinerdog.) Those of us who work to create private-sector jobs are outnumbered by government employees, teachers and welfare recipients. We as a state don’t have the guts to vote for a Chris Christie-type like New Jersey did and take the hard medicine we need. Come to think of it, did you ever think you could hold New Jersey up as a role model? Follow the ABC rule.
I’ve often wondered if those who whine about “Albany insiders” (as if experience was a liability) use the same “logic” when looking for a doctor, a plumber or an auto mechanic.
—Michael J. Nighan
We need new blood in Albany. As much as I like Andrew Cuomo, he reminds me of his dad, who was a big spender and helped move upstate to its current economic stagnation. He was instrumental in helping to set up his dad’s policies, which proved to be damaging to Upstate New York. As attorney general he avoided investigations of some of the huge conflicts of interest that the speaker of the Assembly has along with others. Both Carl Paladino and Rick Lazio have publicly said they will be one-term governors because they are going to turn the Albany establishment upside down. As an independent, that gets me pumped up!
—John Rynne, president, Rynne, Murphy & Associates Inc.
Why do you persist in perpetuating the idea that only two candidates will be on the ballot? You give no provision for Conservative, Green or Independence Party candidates.
—Matthew D. Wilson
Please, God, keep the blood—oops, I mean cash-sucking—Dems out of office. GOP: eh, better than the alternative. Libertarians: Let’s hope they can make a run.
—Deven Michaels, Chili
Just what we need is another Cuomo in the governor’s office. Didn’t the first one screw things up enough? Come on people, it’s time to wake up! Lazio is a retread, Levy a Retread Boss from downstate (who needs another downstater?). The only one with any business experience is Paladino. At least he has some business sense, and a plan for correcting the New York mess.
So, you’ve decided to offer the same lousy candidates that the two parties have. I’d move to Canada, but they have the lousy health care that we’ll have here soon.
—Bill Lanigan, Chamberlin Rubber
Tweedle dee and tweedle dum. What difference does it make if the governor, the Senate, and the Assembly all vote to vote against the other two?
Cuomo more than any other person gave us the mortgage crisis when he headed HUD. That alone makes him unacceptable. Also, he has not made a stand on any of the issues facing New Yorkers. Does he even know there’s an Upstate?
I will not vote for any person who currently is in office in New York State.
Had a Cuomo before, don’t need another one! Had a ChINO (Conservative in name only) before (Pataki), don’t need another one (Levy). It is time for a real change in the way things are done in Albany. Time for a true Conservative (Lazio) or a guy who knows business and would run the state like one (Paladino). We’ve had plenty of the opposite for far too long!
—George Thomas, Ogden
Andrew Como is my choice, since he has demonstrated steady diligence in his job. This appears to be a trait of his personality and I am hoping that he will also apply it to the governor position.
—Ingo H. Leubner, Crystallization Consulting
The recent Wall Street Journal editorials about Cuomo were very concerning. Let’s see if the media pick up on it.
—Bob Legge, Legge & Co., LLC
Now that Tom Golisano has left New York State, I don’t have anyone to vote for. To hear "The Young Cuomo," he’s running on a budget-cutting platform that sounds an awful lot like a Republican. Maybe he’ll pick up some of those disenchanted, disenfranchised Golisano supporters. If Fred Smerlas can come back to New York State to run against the most liberal congressperson in the House of Representatives, why can’t Tom Golisano return and run again. Florida’s just a short plane ride away, and Paychex will pay for the flight, not us.
—Clifford Jacobson, WebHomeUSA.com
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