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Can’t Dems do better than Cynthia Nixon?
We, too, have mixed feelings about Cuomo but think Nixon is a deeply unqualified candidate who doesn’t deserve the attention she has received....
Thankfully, there are other candidates. Two Republicans are officially running: Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse. Both have strong resumes and thorough understanding of government, as does former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, who is taking steps toward entering the Democratic primary race. Meanwhile, Syracuse activist Howie Hawkins is making a third run on the Green Party line.
It’s been far too long since New York had a close race for governor. In 1994, George Pataki came out of nowhere to edge Gov. Mario Cuomo, but that’s the only time the final result was within 15 points since 1982, when Mario Cuomo won his first of three terms. After two easy victories by our current Gov. Cuomo, we’re due for a real reckoning. If he wins that, so be it, but in a state this blue, Democrats need to produce a better primary challenger than Nixon.