Cuomo: Hydrofracking, Common Core Opposition Motivating Voters
Opposition to natural gas drilling and the criticism over the implementation of Common Core in the state will motivate voters tomorrow, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters in Albany earlier today.
“There are proxies for those positions and I see the candidates more relevant as proxies for those positions more so than their own right,” Cuomo said. “I think that’s the dynamic for the election. I don’t think it’s about coattails. People are going to vote fracking, they’re going to vote Common Core, they’re going to vote how they feel about the national economy, they’re going to vote about how they feel about the state over the last four years.”
He also wouldn’t predict what he expects turnout to look like as polls show Democrats running in competitive Congressional and state Senate races behind, in some cases by double-digit percentages.
“I don’t know what the turn out is,” Cuomo said. “I don’t know what the Democratic malaise is.”
Cuomo, by that same token, wouldn’t predict what he expects his margin of victory to be over Republican Rob Astorino.
“I just want to win,” Cuomo said. “I want to win.”
The governor is a heavy favorite to win a second term tomorrow, though it remains to be seen whether he will be able to garner the same margin of victory that he did over Republican Carl Paladino four years ago.
Astorino has not come close to raising the kind of money Cuomo’s re-election campaign put up this cycle, but the governor’s popularity has sunk in recent weeks.
Astorino’s campaign is counting in part on a lack of enthusiasm downstate for Democrats and a boost in upstate turnout.
Still, Astorino spend the day campaigning in New York City and released a video that served as a closing argument of sorts for his election.
“This is a state with a surmountable tax and economy problem,” Astorino said in the video. “We can fix this. We don’t have to keep living this way.”
Cuomo doesn’t expect, however, the election to be decided on “personality” but issues.
“It will then be about fracking, pro or con, which is the most energized issue in this state,” Cuomo told reporters. “If you guys actually got out of Albany and traveled, you’be overwhelmed with the physical presence of fracking — much more anti than pro — but the most animated issue in the state.”
Cuomo has not decided what to do on hydrofracking, a controversial drilling method that is opposed by environmentalists but backed property owners and the energy industry. Cuomo reiterated today he expects a long-awaited review by the Department of Health to be released on hydrofracking by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Cuomo made a pitch for a full Democratic takeover of the state Senate.
The governor hasn’t been necessarily a visible figure on the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in the chamber, and today declined to endorse the party’s candidate running for a competitive seat in Buffalo.
Cuomo today singled out freshman Democratic Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk at a rally in Albany, saying her election is pivotal for control of the chamber. She faces a tough re-election against former Assemblyman George Amedore.
In a question-and-answer session, Cuomo said it was important for Democrats to win control of the Senate in order for long-sought liberal measures to pass.
“If the Republicans win, and if the Republicans took the same positions they took last year… They would not do public finance, period, no how, no way, never, never, never,” Cuomo said. “They would not do the 10th point of the Women’s Equality Agenda, never, never, never. And they would not do the Dream Act. That’s why the Senate is crucially important on all three of those issues. Now, could they have a change of heart? I suppose so. But, I don’t see what changes where the Conservative Party which was exercising discipline last year, doesn’t wind up doing the same thing again.”
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