Do some interesting moves by unions against Governor Andrew Cuomo signal problems in the 2014 Democratic Primary
Rare agreement with Conservative Party Chairman rates a mention – But whereas Kassar missed a chance to predict an upset of Andrew Cuomo by Zephyr Teachout – I do make that prediction !
Here’s what Kassar had to say Cuomo and Teachout in this week’s Home Reporter column: “Although I doubt it will make much of a difference in the outcome of the Democratic primary for governor, I found the Public Employees Federation’s (PEF) endorsement of Zephyr Teachout interesting, not that I ever expected them to endorse Cuomo who has had a testy relationship with the union – the second largest public employee union in the state. *** I simply assumed they would do what was done by another large public employee union – New York State United Teachers – and endorse no one. The PEF endorsement really sticks it to Cuomo with no mixed message involved. *** Teachout’s campaign seems likely to become the magnet for many prime Democratic voters in September who are looking for a vehicle to send a message to Cuomo. The governor’s camp must have been concerned about this potential, as it has mounted an exceptionally expensive campaign court action to knock her off the ballot based on a residency issue. *** A Supreme Court judge ruled against Cuomo, but by then the damage was done and an apparent Achilles heel shown to the public. It will be interesting to see how well Teachout does in September.” (See “Common Sense: Unintended consequences” by Jerry Kassar, 8/18/14, Home Reporter/ Spectator [http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-unintended-cons]).
Then again, maybe Mr. Kassar didn’t get a chance to see a long feature article in a magazine that influential liberal Democrats (and a few remaining liberal Republicans) in New York do read, “The New Yorker.” If so, he would have been able to see the long article about corruption and Ms. Teachout’s being perhaps the last gasp of a broad view of anti-corruption in New York State and the nation ( See “The Crooked and the Dead - Does the Constitution protect corruption?” by Jill Lepore, Issue of 8/25/14, The New Yorker/ American Chronicles [http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/08/25/crooked-dead]). Of course, Ms. Lepore’s favorable treatment of Zephyr Teachout, and obvious hostility to Buckley v. Valeo, might have been philosophically and historically anathema to Jarry Kassar – but, that’s OK. Don’t forget it’s not the Jerry Kassar’s of this world that actually vote in Democrat Party primaries.