There was a bit of artwork in the WSJ that showed discount broker Chuck Schwab using a punching bag with the face of Dirty Andy Cuomo.
Cuomo is a second generation hack who has high ambitions and is going after certain people on Wall Street. He wants to become governor and with the bumbler currently occupying the seat, he should have no problems in winning a Democrat primary. How convenient it would be to have a collection of high-profile scalps as trophies. It certainly helped the last guy who won, Eliot Spitzer.
One of the games that shysters play is to push their victims into out of court settlements that are cheaper than the cost of mounting a successful defense. Regrettably, knuckling under to bullies in tree-piece suits who know how to ‘play’ certain juries has created a hidden ‘litigation tax’ that is ultimately borne by the public as the costs are passed on. Mr. Schwab (whom I entrust with a bit of my money) has chosen to fight rather than appease and retreat.
Dirty Andy showed his true nature when he ran HUD under Clinton. Corrupt big-city machines used housing agencies as cash cows to enrich their associates. It was an ongoing racket. Agencies are supposed to deal with such corruption by having an Inspector General (IG) allegedly insulated from partisan pressure. This is fine in principle but may not always work since the IG is a political appointee.
There are times when the recipient of patronage displeases his patron, with the historical example of “Turbulent Priest” Thomas a Beckett. HUD IG Susan Gaffney smelled a stench in a number of city housing agencies that had ties to the local ‘machines’ (entities often scarcely different from criminal organizations) and her inquiries stepped on some sensitive political toes. Dirty Andy came to the rescue of the crooks with an orchestrated smear of Susan Gaffney.
Note how Dirty Andy’s loathsome father spent a million dollars to save a double murderer from execution. The thug killed two elderly women, one in New York and the other in Oklahoma. The murderer was convicted in Oklahoma and sent to Death Row. Given the deep pockets of New York taxpayers, Governor Cuomo squandered a lot of money to bring the subhuman piece of garbage back to New York where he could be tried, convicted, and live out a life in prison. The voters gave Cuomo the boot and his replacement sent the thug back to Oklahoma for his belated needle party.
Perhaps Rudy should consider a Gubernatorial run and inject some common sense at Albany.