Hey mistermix — How about a rant on Andrew Cuomo and his creation of the Women’s Equality Party to undermine the Working Families Party in New York. What a douche-bagel.
This week, I happened to get a bored-sounding, unenthusiastic call from someone I’m sure was a paid caller, on behalf of the Women’s Equality Party, encouraging me to vote for Cuomo on their line. That’s just one example of how Cuomo is putting money behind the WEP, and he’s also pissing all over the WFP in the process:
“It empowers women in a way that has never been done. It’s almost amazing when you think about it,” Cuomo said. “We’ve formed every kind of fringe party for every kind of reason. We have Democrat, Republican, Green, Red, White, Blue, Working People, Working Short People, Working Tall People. We’ve never had a women’s party. This is the home of Seneca Falls. Let the women make their voice heard.”
For those of you missing your Cuomo decoder, that was Mario’s Kid calling the WFP a fringe party without even stooping to name them. It takes a pretty big asshole to do that, but we all know that Andrew is the gaping interstellar void of all known assholes, so he’s up to the task.
That said, if real Democrats in New York want to get mad at someone, Cuomo isn’t the guy. The idiots in charge of the Working Families Party, who took Cuomo’s worthless IOU in return for an endorsement that handed him the Governor’s office, are the ones to blame here. They’re like the frog in the frog and scorpion fable, except that in this case the scorpion stung the frog after they got to dry land.
Leaving the unpleasant subject of the Cuomo the lesser aside, the New York Democrats’ strategy of concentrating on women will have an interesting test in my local State Senate District, 55. In this race, first-term Senator Ted O’Brien, the rather uninspiring but competent Democrat who won his seat after Republican failer Jim Alesi retired, is facing former sports go sports broadcaster Rich Funke. Funke has a few problems, including some sexist Facebook posts, a campaign manager who was arrested in a prostitution sting, and communications director who thinks that tweets bemoaning the lack of mammogram coverage for men are funny. More substantively, he’s for restrictions on abortion and won’t support the Women’s Equality Act in the New York State Senate. Both men are well-financed, so my house has been bombarded with leaflets and calls, and I understand that both have had big media buys. The Democratic literature has been almost entirely aimed at pointing out Funke’s failings on women’s issues, and touting O’Brien’s much better record. The calls are all for my wife, and there are a lot of them. Siena has polled the race a couple of times and O’Brien is trailing Funke, but their polling record is spotty. I’ll report back next week on this race, because it is an interesting test of a well-financed effort by Democrats to make an appeal directly to women.