Wednesday, December 19, 2012

State NAACP leader blasts Cuomo

More fall-out for NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo over a power-sharing agreement between a rogue Democratic group in New York's state senate and the GOP.

Hazel Dukes of the NAACP said the group was "quite frankly stunned" that Cuomo, who is head of the state Democratic Party, would allow a "blatantly discriminatory group" to take control. Conservative Democratic Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx called the move a power grab like the one in 2009 led by Latino senators, who were promptly branded corrupt.

Two things to note.

1. Cuomo never explicitly endorsed the power-sharing agreement that gave the GOP effective control.

But critics think he's culpable to the extent that he actually endorsed GOP state senators in 2012 and stayed mum on the ensuing power struggle.

Once the struggle was over, he wrote an op-ed that didn't do anything to shut up his progressive critics. He said Democrats had "squandered" their last stint in power and failed to "pass any meaningful reform legislation despite repeated promises."

Oh, and that their "dysfunction was legendary."

2. Cuomo's been taking heat from some progressive activists, nationally, over this -- not to mention from some state Democrats within his own party.

It's hard, though, to peg how much of that will stay with him, considering his 70% approval rating.