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Cuomo Scandal Exposes NY Corruptocracy (and Gives Hillary 2016 a Boost)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo presidential hopes for 2016 may have just vanished in a poof of scandal. The NYT has a devastating piece describing how Cuomo’s Administration quashed a campaign finance investigation of a media-buying firm connected to the Governor. The Moreland Commission, which Cuomo had set up with great fanfare to root out corruption in New York, had subpoenaed the firm, but the Governor’s office moved quickly to put a stop to it—and that’s just the tip of of the iceberg:

A three-month examination by The New York Times found that the governor’s office deeply compromised the panel’s work, objecting whenever the commission focused on groups with ties to Mr. Cuomo or on issues that might reflect poorly on him.

Ultimately, Mr. Cuomo abruptly disbanded the commission halfway through what he had indicated would be an 18-month life. And now, as the Democratic governor seeks a second term in November, federal prosecutors are investigating the roles of Mr. Cuomo and his aides in the panel’s shutdown and are pursuing its unfinished business.

If these allegations stick, Cuomo is facing a far bigger scandal than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate.” Camp Hillary must be thrilled. More than that, there is now a potential political opening for a gubernatorial candidate in New York who would vow to reinstate the commission and set it loose on all the rampant corruption in the Empire state. A liberated commission would certainly have more than enough material to keep it busy.

Political interference in an anti-corruption commission is further proof that New York politics is an ugly sewer of cronyism and theft. Entrenched interests, networks of patronage, rent-seeking, and rampant greed almost guarantee that even the most well-intended policies will be corrupted in implementation. Cleaning that up could be the first priority of the state’s next Governor.

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  • BillM314

    Unless its a wry comment on NYC vs. the rest of New York, shud it be “the first priority of the state’s next Governor.”?

    • Daniel Kennelly

      Oof. Good catch.

      • BillM314

        went ahead and deleted grammar comment since it got fixed so fast 🙂

  • Corlyss

    Interesting. I’m surprised that NYT bothered with the story about a Dem. There must some way they can blame it on House Republicans. They must be short handed . . .

    The incident does remind us old timers of the Saturday Night Massacre when Nixon fired Cox, and Richardson and Klinedienst resigned in protest and to honor promises to the Judiciary Comittee, and Bork wanted to but was persuaded not to by Richardson and Klinedienst because one of them needed to stay to run the Dept. Those were the good old days.

  • Anthony

    In our organized society how does one constrain “entrenched interests, networks of patronage, rent seeking, and rampant greed (assuming such)? What we have before us is an operative and a formal political-legal system that sustains itself sans party affiliation.

  • gabrielsyme

    If these allegations stick, Cuomo is facing a far bigger scandal than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate.”

    No, America would also have to have a responsible news media for this to be true. As it is, attack ads are the only way most Americans could become aware of this.

  • Boritz

    Advice to Cuomo: &nbspAppoint a staunch supporter to investigate you. &nbspIn a few weeks declare no corruption, not even, uh, an iota. &nbspBlame rogue agents in Bensonhurst.

  • Fat_Man

    This is what he gets for quashing the Teacher’s unions attempt to ban charter schools.

  • FriendlyGoat

    There are some risks for Hillary. Cuomo was never one of them.

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