By LOUIS FLORES
In a new campaign video released today on YouTube, Gov. Andrew Cuomo touts the endorsement of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, a Republican.
The video is meant to reassure Republicans that Gov. Cuomo is on their side as he ostensibly works to make good on his promise to support a Democratic Party take-over of the State Senate.
However, in a passive-aggressive move, the YouTube video featuring County Executive Mahoney was released as "unlisted," meaning, the video will not publicly appear on Internet searches. Instead, the video is only available to those, who have already been provided the link. Some critics of Gov. Cuomo suggest that this YouTube video was deliberately unlisted with the intention of keeping his close ties to the Republican Party in the closet.
Another endorsement video, that one featuring Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, another Republican, has also been released on YouTube, according to a report in The New York Daily News.
Last spring, Gov. Cuomo made a crooked, "transactional" deal with the Working Families Party : in exchange for receiving the WFP nomination, Gov. Cuomo pledged to end his secret agreement to support a breakaway group of State Senate Democrats, who have been caucusing with Republicans to thwart pressure for reform from the governor's political left. Since earning the WFP nomination, Gov. Cuomo has appeared to be backtracking from his promise to support Democratic Party candidates. Gov. Cuomo lost approximately 35 per cent. of the Democratic Primary primary vote last September to a novice statewide candidate, Zephyr Teachout, because of growing dissatisfaction within the Democratic Party's broad electorate to Gov. Cuomo's neoliberal agenda. Already, there are unanswered questions as to whether Gov. Cuomo will endorse State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo). The news that Republicans are now coming out of the political closet to endorse Gov. Cuomo's reelection campaign worries government reform activists, who have been suspicious of Gov. Cuomo's commitment to fighting for a ruling Democratic Party majority in the State Senate.
This article was updated to reflect the Teachout effect during the primary race.