Endorsement Power, Paladino vs. Cuomo
When it comes to endorsements in yesterday’s primaries, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is five for five.
All three of the Senate Democrats endorsed by the governor – via press release – in week before the elections and both Assembly Democrats were successful at weathering challenges from fellow party members.
Arguably, Cuomo didn’t really have all that much on the line in these races. He made no personal appearances and recorded no ads or robocalls, giving himself a lot of wiggle room should any of his chosen candidates fail to pass muster with voters.
Also, he he might have bought himself some goodwill with fellow Democrats with these endorsements, what everyone is really curious about is what Cuomo will do in the general elections – particularly now that two Republican senators who voted “yes” on same-sex marriage might lose their respective spots on the GOP ballot line in November.
Interestingly, both McDonald and Saland have the Independence Party line and could continue on in the general election even if they lose to their primary opponents after the paper ballots are counted. McDonald has so far refused to say one way or the other whether he will run on Row E. (Saland hasn’t said, either, but I’m not sure if he’s been asked because his near-death political experience came as a surprise to pretty much everyone last night).
Nick Reisman posed a fascinating question earlier today: What will Cuomo do if Saland and/or McDonald remain in the general election on the Indy line and seek his support? They will still be registered Republicans even though they won’t be running on Row B. And probably they will still be committed to conferencing with the GOP, which would hurt the Democrats’ quest to take back the majority.
Cuomo wasn’t the only one doling out endorsements this primary season.
His 2010 GOP/Conservative opponent, Carl Paladino, backed a number of candidates. His chosen contenders were less successful than Cuomo’s. But, then again, Paladino was less careful in his selection, and also backed more people.
The full list of Paladino-backed candidates is here. By my count, he’s so far 0 for 5 in the state Senate category.
That might become 2-5 if Di Carlo ends up beating Saland. And Assemblyman Sean Hanna, who’s running for retiring Sen. Jim Alesi’s seat, didn’t have a primary and has a decent chance against the Democrat running in that district, Ted O’Brien.
The Buffalo businessman doesn’t have a horse in the McDonald-Marchione race. He wouldn’t back Marchione because she wasn’t sufficiently vehement in opposing Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, whom Paladino very much wants to see ousted from his leadership post.
Paladino fared better in picking Assembly winners.
Former East Aurora Mayor David J. DiPietro appears to have squeezed out a win in a four-way Republican primary in the 147th AD.
In the 105th AD, Kieran Lalor was successful in a three-way primary against former Assemblyman Pat Manning and Richard Wager. ( Dutchess County GOP chairman Michael McCormack suggested that Lalor’s success may have driven conservative turnout in the Hudson Valley and contributed to Saland’s near toppling by Di Carlo).
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney won big in her newly drawn 101st AD. Conservative radio talk show host Bill Nojay cruised to victory in the 133rd AD.
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