Standing outside City Hall in downtown Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg threw his support to the state's Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, for the NY Governor race. The announcement came just hours after a new Quinnipiac University poll was released, showing that Cuomo's opponent, Republican Carl Paladino, is gaining momentum. Cuomo leads by 49% percent to 43% among likely voters.
While speaking to reporters, Mayor Bloomberg remarked that it is old news that the state government is in disarray , mired in dysfunction, and said the state's biggest problems are left untouched. The mayor said that Albany needs new strategies and independent leadership to work with the legislature to get things done and that is why he's endorsing the son of the former governor, Mario Cuomo.
Mayor Bloomberg praised the democratic candidate as someone who "is willing to take on the toughest issues and the biggest interest groups." He added, "...what impresses me with the most is that he doesn't do it for the cameras, he does it for the people of this state. He has been an exemplary Attorney General and I think would be a very good governor. He is willing to fight the big interest groups but he also realizes real change means reaching across the aisle, building coalitions and recognizing that no party has a monopoly on good ideas."
After thanking the Mayor for his support, and calling him a role model, Cuomo pleaded with potential voters to channel all the anger out there felt by New Yorkers into change. Cuomo emphatically said, "So we're all angry! Okay, what do you want to do? We can have an anger party, celebrate our anger, or we can say let's take that anger, let's take the energy, let's focus it and actually do something to correct the problem. Let's actually have progress for the state. And that's what my campaign is all about."
When asked by reporters for his reaction to the tightening poll numbers, Cuomo said he is taking it with a grain of salt and attributes the Buffalo real estate developer's recent rise in the race to his win in the primary last week.