New York AG Cuomo accepts nomination for governor

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June 5, 2010

RYE BROOK, New York: After months of local media speculation and political him hawing, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo officially launched his campaign for the state's governorship on Saturday, May 22, 2010, vowing to combat the state governmental corruption that has reached such a point that it "would make the notorious Boss Tweed blush."[1][2] Four days later, he selected Rochester Mayor Robert J. Duffy to be his running mate.[3]

Upon being introduced on the last night of the State Democratic Convention, held from May 25-27, "by William C. Thompson Jr., the former New York City comptroller; Kathy Hochul, the Erie County clerk; and Vivian Viloria-Fisher, a Dominican-born Suffolk County legislator," Cuomo accepted the nomination of the State Democratic Party.[4] Problems are already beginning to mount up for the former Clinton administration cabinet member, however. In an election year where voter sentiment has turned against politicians pushing for the expansion of big government policies, Cuomo has geared his gubernatorial campaign promises specifically toward these constituents, stating that he would reject imposing tax increases and borrowing to solve the state's budget deficit and pledging his support for charter schools. This, however, has resulted in him losing the support of the state teachers unions, who have been staunchly loyal to the Democratic Party for decades. Additionally, his refusal to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party, a coalition of liberal and labor groups from across the state, could very well cause the party to "lose its ballot line status for statewide elections," which, in turn, could result in a backlash come election time.

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