I told you last week that NY Dems are challenging the forty-one thousand signatures Stephanie Miner got for her Independent run for Governor in November’s election.
Miner, the former Democrat mayor of Syracuse, decided last year not to primary Governor Andrew Cuomo. Which, frankly, surprised me at the time. I knew Miner’s aspirations were for higher office.
So when she announced in June that she would in fact run for Governor, but as an Independent candidate, I wasn’t surprised in the least.
But NY Dems are not taking it at all well.
Miner is a well-known Democrat in the state. And running against Cuomo in the general election is sure to cut into his electoral advantage over Republican Marc Molinaro.
And, trust me.
Cuomo going to need every advantage he can get.
Check out this tweet from Molinaro:
MOLINARO IN STRIKING DISTANCE
The New York State Reform Party released an independent poll of likely voters that has Marc trailing Cuomo, 46% to 43%! View the poll here: https://t.co/HQoA82Xxk5
— Marc Molinaro (@marcmolinaro) September 6, 2018
Ouch. That’s a squeaker that is.
I said last week:
I don’t doubt that a lot of New York Democrats would love nothing more than to have someone other than Andrew Cuomo to vote for come November.
And if that happens, the Republican candidate – Marc Molinaro – could slip in and win this thing.
Suddenly I got a chill of excitement down my spine.
And that excitement is precisely why the Cuomo Machine is furious.
Something tells me Marc Molinaro is well aware of the opportunity that Miner’s independent candidacy presents him.
Cuomo’s persistent problems with corruption, pay-to-play and systemic failure are exceedingly bothersome to Republican voters in the state. Those who haven’t been driven out by crippling taxes, over-regulation and a stagnant job market anyway.
But the truth is, lots of Democrats aren’t particularly thrilled with Cuomo either – though, to be fair, probably not because of his corruption or horrible tax and spend policies.
Their problem with Cuomo is that he’s a phony progressive who believes in nothing.
And though he might easily beat back the challenge from whack-job Cynthia Nixon, the fact that she’s challenging him at all only shows that Democrats in the state are losing faith in our feckless governor.
In that respect, Miner may offer Democrat voters the perfect alternative to Cuomo.
You see the problem?
Splitting the Democrat vote when polling between Cuomo and Molinaro is so close could indeed spell disaster for the Cuomo princeling.
Non-Democrat voters in New York often feel as if their vote is a waste. There’s no stopping the Cuomo Machine.
But the way things are shaping up right now, those voters may actually see that this time the stars are aligning in our favor.
And this November, the impregnable Cuomo Machine may be about as impregnable as a sandcastle at high tide.
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