Cuomo’s ‘fear factor’ is suddenly failing
Gov. Cuomo insists he’d never dream of threatening anyone in his war on the Working Families Party, let alone going after the WFP’s nonprofit allies: “Punishment is for God,” he told reporters.
Guess that means his staffers and campaign aides were doing God’s work when they pushed several City Council members to skip a City Hall rally in support of the nonprofits facing the vendetta. More than half a dozen sources confirmed being lobbied.
And this follows Cuomo’s reported “lose my number” threat to the unions that had long backed the WFP if they didn’t withdraw from the party — which they all quickly did.
The allegations also ring true since the gov’s been bullying journalists, nonprofit execs, union leaders and elected officials for years.
Who can forget his “I am the government” statement in the intoxicating days of sky-high poll numbers during his first year in office?
Yet suddenly the gov’s fear factor seems to be waning: The WFP’s not backing down.
Maybe the Cynthia Nixon challenge has Cuomo off his game. Maybe he’s missing his longtime enforcer, Joe Percoco (recently convicted on corruption charges).
Whatever the reason, a leader who has long looked to play larger-than-life is looking petty, mean — and cross-able.
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