The Contender

The Contender

Andrew Cuomo, A Biography

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He is tactically brilliant, charismatic, yet also dark, brooding, and vindictive. He is an old-school boss who rules by fear, even as he puts himself forward as the new, 21st-century Democrat. In many ways his story is iconic: scion of a political family, the Italian-American governor's son who aims for nothing less than the presidency. A cabinet secretary at 39, he ran for governor in his first bid for elected office and was soundly drubbed, as his high-profile marriage to a Kennedy daughter ended in tabloid scandal. How he pulled himself up--first as attorney general, then as governor--is great political drama. Cuomo has proven he can twist arms like Lyndon Johnson and make a legislature work--a skill notably lacking in our current president. He scored a rousing victory by getting marriage equality passed in a state that had blocked it twice before. He has also seized power at every opportunity, alienated allies and rivals alike, and micromanaged to the point of obsessiveness, bringing to mind another, less celebrated president: Richard Nixon. Will Andrew Cuomo's political gifts lead him to the White House? Or will his demons--and his lifelong quest to outdo his father--keep him in the governor's mansion, looking for another place to go?--From publisher description.
Examines the life and career of the New York attorney general and governor.
Published: New York :, Twelve,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455521999
145552199X
Branch Call Number: B CUO
Characteristics: viii, 529 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Alternative Title: Andrew Cuomo, a biography

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rpavlacic
Jun 28, 2015

If you think the son of the legendary Mario Cuomo is a legitimate presidential contender, you may change your mind after reading this book. It tells the story of how Andrew has barely stayed on the side of legality in some very questionable deals, from his heavy involvement in the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, to how he doled out grants while at HUD, to controversial highway projects such as replacing the Tappan Zee bridge. After reading this book, my impression of Andrew is that he has little to no ethics - not surprising for New York State which has a well deserved reputation for being the most corrupt state in the US. And that most people in the state are powerless to do anything to change that environment. Respectfully, he does not belong in any future administration - let alone running for the highest office.

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