Understand Hizzoner's frustrations but torching Himself is risky business. BdB won't take it anymore? Says who?l ... http://t.co/DCeSGqCV4C— Michael Powell (@powellnyt) June 30, 2015
can someone explain how @BilldeBlasio comes out ahead after attacking Cuomo as spiteful & revengeful? @JimmyVielkind @bobhardt @harrysiegel— Azi (@Azi) June 30, 2015
But Ross Barkan at the Observer reports progressives are rallying to de Blasio:
When Mayor Bill de Blasio eviscerated Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, in an unusually candid press conference earlier today, there was the usual chatter about a vindictive governor readying to punish an unruly mayor who didn’t know his place.
But among progressive Democrats frustrated at an executive who they see as antithetical to their values, there was elation. For Democrats in New York City and Albany, Mr. de Blasio’s sudden decision to publicly air his grievances at Mr. Cuomo was long-awaited, the equivalent of a come-to-Jesus moment.
“The only way to make progress with Andrew is to attack him. If you attack him effectively, he’ll cave. He’s a bully,” said Bill Samuels, a prominent liberal activist and fundraiser. “The verdict for Cuomo for many of us was decided long ago.”
When Mr. de Blasio fumed that he had been “disappointed at every turn” with Mr. Cuomo and admitted he couldn’t “tell you that I can place his philosophy at this point,” liberals found their conscience given voice in the mayor of New York City.
And Barkan reports that few will rally to Cuomo because, well, he has no friends:
Among top Democrats in New York, Mr. Cuomo is virtually friendless. He has burned bridges with Sen. Charles Schumer, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Ditto the rank-and-file party activists motivated more by ideology than Mr. Cuomo’s centrist pragmatism.
If Mr. Cuomo enacts payback on Mr. de Blasio, a city of eight million people could suffer, and Mr. de Blasio can point to a scapegoat in the governor. He has the advantage of the largest media market in the world to disseminate his message; Mr. Cuomo, never one for cameras or microphones, has Albany.
“Enough is enough. This isn’t about personalities. It’s about one personality playing politics and using 8.5 million people as pawns,” crowed one de Blasio loyalist.
An Albany Democrat was similarly blunt.
“I think what you are seeing is that the governor has no friends and that is because he has no actual beliefs and vision,” the Democrat said. “He just wants to win.”
While no politician has been as openly blunt as de Blasio in their criticism of Cuomo they have been critical:
De Blasio is only the latest Dem to open up on Cuomo. He's been attacked by Dems in Senate, Assembly, and city council for most of the year— Nick Reisman (@NickReisman) June 30, 2015
Progressives have been quite critical of Cuomo, especially tenant activists, who hammered Cuomo after he sold them out on rent regulations.
Here was Alliance for Tenant Power's Katie Goldstein last week:
Our worst fears about Governor Cuomo have been confirmed. He took no action at all to strengthen the rent laws. Cuomo made empty promises and lied repeatedly while helping the Senate Republicans advance a bill that is a massive giveaway to landlords. Cuomo’s Republican deal on rent will harm and endanger countless low-income and working-class households. Up to 100,000 rent-regulated apartments will be lost over the next four years because of Cuomo’s Republican deal. This four-year extender does nothing to empower tenants. In fact, it leaves the most vulnerable even more susceptible to landlord harassment and skyrocketing rents. Cuomo should change his party registration to Republican because he is not worthy of the Democratic Party and its most basic values. Cuomo will suffer big political consequences for his betrayal of tenants and Democrats and for solidifying his status as a Republican Governor.
We were right to challenge Cuomo at every turn and not trust him throughout our campaign for stronger rent laws. Cuomo never had any intention of introducing his own pro-tenant bill. We will now lose many more rent-regulated units because of Cuomo’s failure to deliver for tenants and for working families. Today Cuomo alienated and angered millions of New Yorkers. We look forward to helping a strong Democrat defeat Cuomo if he foolishly tries to run for a third term as Governor.
Cuomo has few friends in the media as well:
Will some NY reporter please do story we deserve on Cuomo press tactics, various levels of attribution, preemptive& post-facto calls, etc?— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) June 30, 2015
And people are calling Cuomo out for going on the attack using "anonymity":
Hey @errollouis we gonna cover the BdB conflict with that well placed source in the Cuomo administration on @InsideCityHall tonight?— Anthony Weiner (@anthonyweiner) June 30, 2015
Weiner's referring to Cuomo's thinly disguised attack on de Blasio last week, using an unnamed "well-placed source" in the Cuomo administration who just happened to be Cuomo himself.
Give de Blasio credit for not only blasting Cuomo but doing it openly and honestly.
Cuomo, on the other hand, knows nothing about either openness or honesty:
@thomaskaplan At least BdB had guts to go on record. Cuomo does same behind the cover of "unnamed sources."— rbe (@perdidostschool) June 30, 2015
I dunno how this all shakes out - de Blasio is going on a two week vacation with his family and journalists weren't invited to tag along.
You can be sure Cuomo will be working behind the scenes to destroy de Blasio, starting tonight, probably with some of those preemptive and post-facto phone calls that Jonathan Martin referred to in his tweet - Cuomo's famous for that.
But we might have hit a watershed moment here with de Blasio's criticism.
It's in the open now - a prominent Democrat has said publicly that Andrew Cuomo is no Democrat, that his only allegiance is to himself and he goes out of his way to harm constituents simply to stick it to fellow politicians.
De Blasio's criticism is the unvarnished truth and everybody I've mentioned in this post knows it - from the media members conjecturing on twitter about the wisdom (or lack thereof) of de Blasio's criticism to the activists who are already are rallying to de Blasio in this fight to the unnamed Dem who told Barkan Andrew is friendless.
De Blasio's gone to the mattresses in open war against Andrew Cuomo but he's not without help here.
Everybody I know is sick of Cuomo, sick of his shadowy vengeful act and ready to take him down.
De Blasio's extraordinarily frank and honest criticism of Cuomo is the rallying cry for just that.