Jeanne Says…Go Cuomo!
Go Cuomo! New York State’s 56th Governor, Andrew Mark Cuomo, has made headlines again after passing the strictest gun control policy in United States history. The man is committed to his ‘New New York’ political agenda which includes balancing the budget, increasing incentives for breweries and wineries in the state, enacting same-sex marriage and fighting for the rights of students.
So he’s not perfect, there are things like funding cuts for homeless youth and possibly lifting the moratorium on fracking which I am against (believe me, I’ve sent e-mails) but all-in-all this presumptive presidential candidate has got it going on!
So taking a page outta Mr.Butz’s book (and double it) and present you with Ten Reasons why I say, Go Cuomo!
10.) His Relationship with the Clintons and Kennedys
Gov. Cuomo served under the Clinton Administration as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and also supported Hillary Clinton’s run for Senate. I think we can all agree that anyone who’s cool with ‘Slick Willy’ is fine by me! His ex-wife is Kerry Kennedy, part of another awesome political legacy in the U.S.
9.) He’s an Italian-American
I’m a little bias because I too am of Italian descent but it’s nice to see an Italian-American leader who’s not a character in a mob show/movie or drunk on a reality-tv show. He’s the son of Mario and Matilda, father of Mariah, Michaela and Cara. How cute is that? Molto benne!
8.) He’s Got an Awesome Girlfriend
Like a lot of modern men in today’s world, Gov. Cuomo has been divorced. He is now in a 5-year relationship with Sandra Lee. She’s a self-made Food Network star and author of a series of cookbooks. While not First Lady of New York (for lack of the ‘I-Do’s’) she recognizes her high-profile position and is using it to…feed people! Way to use your skill set! Her agenda is not gonna cost taxpayers any money ( again, no ring, no state money a lesson Giuliani never learned) ’cause she’s gonna pay her own way. While I’m a little wary of people who keep birds as pets ( Cuomo got her a baby cockatoo for Christmas) I still give the Gov props for landing such an awesome lady.
7.) Lookin’ Good in the New York Neighborhood!
Andy was recently named one of People’s sexiest man alive and, let’s be real, we could use a face lift in New York politics. Past governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson were not exactly dreamboats, but now the attractive Cuomo joins Chuck Shumer and Katherine Gillibrand as progressive New York leaders who are easy on the eyes. Now if we could only do something about Bloomberg….
6.) He’s a Beer Man!
Gov. Cuomo held a beer and wine summit and helped pass legislation to support local breweries and wineries. How awesome is that? Thanks to him Long Island (shout-out!) wineries will thrive and awesome small breweries across the state – many right here in the city ( what up Brooklyn Brewery!)- will expand while still remaining small enough to retain their tax breaks. Think Global, drink local!
5.) He’s a Sagittarius!
Ok, again with the bias, but this is my list damn it! Seriously, Sagittarians are awesome and when it comes to politics, ‘The Archers’ have done a lot. Other Sagg politicos include Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, John Jay, and the alive and well Rahm Emmanuel. So suck on that.
4.) Did a Dandy Job During/Post Sandy
A lot of the East Coast leaders were thrust into the limelight during and post Sandy, and were judged accordingly. Cuomo received national praise for the way he handled the crisis. The Governor visited several sites, gave us here in the city free transportation for a week (granted, it was busses) and lobbied hard for Federal Funding relief. He also got back to his kick-ass Attorney General roots by demanding investigations into power companies that failed to provide efficient recovery and gas stations accused of price gouging. Get ’em Andy!
3.) Cuomo is Gay for Gays
On July 24, 2011 New York became the seventh state to legalize gay marriage, a campaign promise Cuomo made while running for office. Before he was the Gov, Cuomo attended the Gay Rights Parade every year with his family and stated that it was ridiculous that a progressive state like New York would deny any of its citizens rights. The Republican controlled State Senate had struck down the Marriage Equity Act several times, but Cuomo rallied the troops and got it passed, hip-hip-hooray!
2.) Pulled the Trigger on Gun Control Legislation
Most recently Cuomo passed gun-control legislation (he himself is a gun-owner) in New York, in the wake of the Newport tragedy. Many (of NRA status) said that he was taking advantage of a tragedy. I find it to be exasperating that after EVERY SINGLE GUN TRAGEDY lawmakers don’t want to be seen in that light. Guess what, after Newport a 16 year old was shot on the LES of NY for not giving up his jacket. There was a school shooting in California by a 15 year old. Before Newport we had the tragedy in a Colorado movie theatre and a Congresswoman shot in Arizona. It’s refreshing to see the other side of the coin and have a leader say, ‘You know what, this just happened and it could happen again and before we forget that let’s get something done’. The legislation bans assault rifles, large carriages for bullets, and guarantees that if an Order Of Protection is issued the person it’s against must surrender their weapon. Take that NRA!
1.) Oh yeah, he’s the Governor of New York
New York is awesome. and vast. and highly populated. and diverse. We have beaches, mountains, waterfalls and skyscrapers. Farms and cities and islands. Andrew Cuomo, born in Queens, has come back to make his New New York (ok seriously, you couldn’t think of anything better than that?) plan work to improve the lives of the 19+ million people who call New York home. What’s next? He’s gonna be fighting for Women’s Rights, improving NY education and continuing recovery from Sandy.
So there you have it! My Top Ten list of why Gov. Cuomo is awesome. With a 63% job approval rating the man is an unstoppable force. I look forward to his Presidential run in 4 years and will be there to help support his campaign. He’s a beautiful man with a beautiful spirit and will be doing great things for this country.You all should take a moment and bask in the wonderment of Andrew Mark Cuomo. Why?
‘Cause Jeanne says so.