Team Cuomo-Libous ‘Gets Results’
It is now a well-established campaign tactic for the Senate Republicans to link themselves to the popular Democratic governor as they seek to retain control of the majority in the upcoming general election.
But this ad from Deputy Senate Majority Leader Tom Libous really pushes that approach to the extreme.
If you knew nothing about New York politics and happened to catch this spot on TV, you could be forgiven for thinking that 1) Libous and Cuomo share a political affiliation, 2) Cuomo and Libous are close allies and talk/collaborate regularly, and 3) Cuomo has endorsed Libous for re-election.
The 30-second ad, which features no fewer than three images of the Democratic governor and the Republican senator together, makes no mention of political party at all. Instead, it focuses on “results,” which Libous purportedly achieved through his close relationship with Cuomo.
Ironically, Albany’s ethics watchdog, JCOPE, which critics say is too close to the governor – if not controlled outright by him – is reportedly investigating allegations that Libous used his political clout to secure a job as a politically-connected Hudson Valley law firm for his son.
This isn’t the first time Libous has used Cuomo and his relationship with the governor to further his own political agenda. An invitation to a golf fund-raiser Libous held this summer prominently featured a smiling picture of Cuomo, and said anyone who shot a hole-in-one – AKA “closest to the governor” – would win a nwe car from a local auto dealer.
Cuomo reiterated in a Red Room press conference that is still taking place down at the Capitol that he is “considering a range of options…on both sides of the aisle” when it comes to Senate endorsements. In advance of last week’s primaries, he issued three press release endorsements of Democratic incumbents – Adriano Espaillat, Neil Breslin and Toby Ann Stavisky – all of whom won their respective races.
Two of the three Republicans who voted “yes” on same-sex marriage last summer at Cuomo’s urging and faced challenges from conservative members of their own party are now fighting for their political lives in too-close-to-call races.
Cuomo said today that a loss by either or both senators – Steve Saland and Roy McDonald – would disappoint and sadden him. He said the two knew that they would likely pay a political price for their votes, and decided to forge ahead anyway – a decision Cuomo deemed “an act of courage” and something that “should be applauded.”
Here’s the script of the Libous ad:
“When it comes to getting results, actions speak louder. As a leader in the state Senate, Tom Libous works closely with Governor Cuomo to get results for us. Together they passed two early, on-time budgets with no new taxes. And the largest middle-class tax cut in 58 years. They approved BU’s plan to create hundreds of new jobs. And together they secured millions of dollars in flood relief aid. Because when it comes to results, actions speak louder.”
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