Cuomo To LCA Show: Drop Dead
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking a pass on delivering a rebuttal at the 111th annual Legislative Correspondents Association show this Saturday, LCA Show Chairman Casey Seiler confirmed.
Adding insult to injury, the governor won’t even be attending the black-tie extravaganza (proceeds of which, after show costs are covered, go to charity), the DN’s Glenn Blain is reporting (as per Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto).
LCA old-timers say this might the the very first time a first-year governor is skipping the venerable show, which is the oldest political satire spoof in the nation.
“We’re sorry the governor isn’t going to attend, because he’s going to be missing a great night,” Seiler said.
The governor is a great ticket-selling draw. However, it’s also not such a bad thing if he’s not on hand for the show because people tend to feel a lot less inhibited at cutting loose when he’s the butt of the jokes.
(Don’t believe me? Check out the nervous laughter at the Washington Post table – at which Donald Trump was seated for the White House Correspondents Dinner last weekend – when the president was zinging The Donald).
The show is going to be great this year. And we will have rebuttals from Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the four-member IDC. Asked by Susan Arbetter this morning for a preview of his response, Skelos replied:
“It’s not going to be exactly what you think. But in junior high school I was Conrad Birdie. I’m Conrad Birdie, and I’m also of Greek origin.”
By my recollection, Cuomo last did the LCA show in 2002 – the year of his last (and never fully realized) gubernatorial run. He was a last-minute add to the night’s responses, one of which was delivered by his primary opponent, then state Comptroller H. Carl McCall.
If I remember correctly, while McCall’s response included a song entilted “I’m the Real McCall” and spoof video. Cuomo did a stand-up routine that included jokes about a future marriage between his children with then-wife Kerry Kennedy and the children of Martin Luther King Jr. Consider the possible last-name combinations! Talk about a political dynasty!
There was also a line about revenge being a dish best served cold.
DN Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett notes Mayor Bloomberg has never missed an Inner Circle Show. He did forgo an appearance, however, after the Pope John Paul II’s death on the same day of the show in 2005. (Also, a reader just reminded me: Cuomo didn’t attend this year’s Inner Circle Show, either – all in keeping with his below-the-radar approach).
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