The little known and underfunded Republican challenger for Governor in New York has been getting a boost from incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo’s troubles over alleged interference in an ethics panel. Rob Astorino has been doing his best to keep the controversy, first reported in an in depth story in the New York Times, alive.
Governor Cuomo, in his first public appearance since a potentially damaging news about his staff’s tampering with an ethics probe, tried to change the subject by talking about economic development. But the story continues to dog the governor.
Governor Cuomo, in his first appearance since the controversy over his disbanded ethics commission was detailed in the New York Times, delivered a spirited speech in Buffalo, touting the work he’s done to help the city’s troubled economy, calling it an “unbelievable turn around,” and announcing the creation of over 600 new jobs.
Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors. The governor began the week with rosy poll numbers, and he still has a large advantage over his nearest competitor.
The fall out continues over whether Governor Cuomo’s top aid interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that the state’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations, and whether any actual crimes were committed.
One of Governor Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.
Cuomo created the ethics commission under the state’s Moreland Act a little over a year ago amidst rampant corruption rampant in the legislature, that included a string of indictments, resignations and jailings of lawmakers.