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'We Changed Albany Forever': Cuomo Defeats Nixon, But Progressives Crush GOP-Collaborating Democrats in New York

'We Changed Albany Forever': Cuomo Defeats Nixon, But Progressives Crush GOP-Collaborating Democrats in New York

Jake Johnson, staff writer

Though New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo overcame progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in Thursday night's gubernatorial primary, he is likely to face a fundamentally transformed state legislature when he returns to office after many of his fellow GOP-collaborating corporate Democrats were trounced by bold left-wing insurgents.

"The IDC was the vehicle Andrew Cuomo used for eight years to keep Republicans in power. Today, we changed Albany forever."
—Bill Lipton, New York Working Families Party

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Another boost for faith in humanity. Maybe the pessimists can lose some of their
angst.

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Hopefully Andrew will behave himself as the new Albany will be watching every corrupt move he had plans to make!

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Much the same thing happened in the Wednesday, September 12 primary in Rhode Island. For Lieutenant Governor, progressive Aaron Regunberg went down to a mere 1.6% defeat (pending the counting of 8,000 mail-in and absentee ballots). However, a number of legislative allies of conservative House Speaker Mattiello are lame ducks today.

The rest of the ducks can act as they want.

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That Cuomo could say a few words of bs in the last week or two and still win says volumes about the Democratic rank and file. As long as their voters cast ballots according to rhetoric and not action, this continues. They won nothing.

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She’s a political novice and in a state with a difficult primary system, that has machinery in place to protect incumbents, 34% wasn’t a horrible result. Her efforts knocks Cuomo’s " centrism " sideways on the national level. But, he still has lots of $$$ to throw around, sadly.
As to Teachout; well, it appears Mahoney was a stalking horse for Cuomo. Splitting the vote and keeping her out. 73% voted against the status quo but it remains to be seen if the progressive forces can block the Republicrat governor. The general election still awaits, after all.

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Cuomo had huge union support. I do not like him at all, hope he doesn’t win a single presidential primary if he runs, but having just visited family in upstate, can say unequivocally not everyone feels the way I do. Folks were all-in for Cuomo, who I was told, knows how to “run things,” Nixon was just a Hollywood “type.”

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Agreed.
Salvadore Allende ran for President of Chile in 1952 and got 5.8% of the vote
Salvadore Allende ran for President of Chile in 1958 and got 28.5% of the vote
Salvadore Allende ran for President of Chile in 1964 and got 38.6% of the vote
Salvadore Allende ran for President of Chile in 1970 and won.

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Salvador Allende was assassinated in 1973.

If you’re going to stagger into a completely ridiculous comparison, at least stagger to the finish line.

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Cuomo seems to use the same approach as Feinstein in California. Knowing they have the solid base of die hard democrats, they do a lot of things to appeal to the mainstream republicans and they have it clinched. Only when democrats and their allies like the unions - abandon these kind of politicians - will they find themselves drowning without the democratic party life boat. The democratic party has a lot to answer for - for these kind of shenanigans and I think a lot of people are waking up.

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Yea, the US powers that be didn’t like those elections - so they had to overturn the elections in some non-democratic form. Makes you wonder how all these citizens of the US believe politicians who try to make them believe that we are exporting “democracy” to the world. I think the real exporting is of destruction of sovereign nations and the exploitation of resources owned by other peoples for the benefit of the multi-nationals. Since our leaders don’t give a damn about the people in the U.S. - how would we ever expect them to give a damn about people outside of the U.S. - unless, of course, those people would be like members of the Saudi royal family.

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Whether you care for Bernie’s " socialism light " approach to policy, or not, he talks about a 25 yr. plan of action. Not an election cycle approach, rather a community of aligned groups working at alternative nation rebuilding, over the long term.
Liked your Allende example.

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I’ll go with the former. Unless we switch to hand counted paper ballots, the machine will retain control.

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Are you really suggesting that the American people would believe another progressive POTUS would be assassinated after coming to power in a general election, without debilitating crises and huge repercussions? That’s crazy, as well.

I think the Democrats still have to pick up one Senate seat to gain control of the Senate. Both the Democratic establishment won and the progressives won. The establishment swept the three highest offices and the most important contest for governor was a landslide victory. Nixon didn’t do any better than Teachout 4 years ago against Cuomo suggesting that not much as changed and about two-thirds of the New York Democrats prefer the Clinton wing of the party and about one-third the Sanders wing. Frankly, I can’t understand why any Democratic voter would vote for any of the eight senators who worked with the Republicans.

The Presidency is for sale. Senate seats are for sale. Governorships are for sale. They all involve the raising of extraordinary amounts of TV ad money, along with sharp political ad agencies who know how to lie convincingly.

The little seats are just a bit harder to buy. I’m in Rhode Island, where my state representative’s district is about one square mile in area. Not one of the candidates for state legislature bought TV time, nor did their opponents. Getting out and walking the district is the way to win. That’s how about five more progressives picked up seats in the General Assembly on Wednesday, all at the expense of corporate-friendly lame duck Democrats. (Note: there will now be more progressive Democrats in our General Assembly than there will be registered Republicans, so progressives might be the state’s second party.)

Rhode Island has a weak governor’s office and a strong legislature. To the extent that progressives get seats in the legislature, they control the state.

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Tom, I think Dennis simply meant that a novice can ultimately win.

Very true and when you consider just how radical the labor unions were in the US not so long ago it is disheartening to realize how reactionary the nation has become as a whole.

Now, I don’t think it was Dennis’ point to compare such a conservative country as the US to a nation whose lefties were still lefties. I read his comment to simply mean that a novice can ultimately win.

Huge repercussions, I can’t think of a single leader, or person in power who has been brought down for any of the major assassinations or false-flag events in this country, in my lifetime. Can you ?

I was actually thinking of two points - that persistence can pay off - but also that the powerful don’t relinquish their power willingly - especially if you challenge the core driver of their power (the economic system itself). Somehow my brain was running ahead of my writing and I lost that second point along the line.