Dirty Andy Cuomo

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.

2 Comments

  1. New York Attorney General Cuomo is pushing to get the major brokerage firms to cover losses for clients who invested in auction-rate securities. Thing is, Schwab is a discount brokerage firm, and its brokers do not give advice; they take your order and execute it. Why would or should such a brokerage be liable for losses, for following their customers’ instructions?

  2. Art Downs wrote:

    “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.”

    Who are you to question? They are the shepards, the citizens are the sheep. Now, any other questions?

    “Mario M. Cuomo bitterly criticized the new Republican agenda as politics at its worst, guided by opinion polls, tainted with racism and devoid of compassion.

    “Politicians used to think of themselves as shepherds. That’s all over now,” Cuomo told a full house at the National Press Club on Friday. “Now the politicians are following the sheep: Read the polls! They’ll tell you where to go to pasture!” “

    “Mario Cuomo, vetoed 18 consecutive death penalty bills that had been passed by the legislature. Cuomo also vowed to commute the sentence of anyone sentenced to death under a law enacted over his veto. Cuomo was morally opposed to capital punishment despite his constituents’ increasing approval of the death penalty. Time magazine reported in 1990 that Cuomo was, “almost alone as the last holdout against capital punishment,” but Cuomo defended his position, saying, “‘It’s [yielding to the will of the electorate] the ultimate political cop-out. … It’s the shepherds following the sheep, without stopping to think about what happens when the sheep get to the cliff”

    “There is this powerful wave moving in what I believe is the wrong direction. There is this seductive political approach that says, “We’re going to do the people’s bidding.” And the people are not only content with it, they appear to be almost overjoyed with it. They love the notion that the Republican Congress is going to respond to them. This is, to use a very poor analogy, a very poor analogy – and if the radical right is listening, I’ve confessed in advance that ifs a poor analogy — we are assigned to be the shepherds, and we have stepped back and shouted to the sheep, “Go your way. We’ll follow you.” “

    So folks, Mario and his kind see you in the role of sheep. And he says in effect, “Sure it’s an improper analogy, I know it’s an improper analogy, and I know the right-wingers will pick up on it if I persist in framing the matter in this way, but I’m framing it in this way all the same … because that’s how I think of it … and you

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