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Suddenly, here's Cuomo, headlining de Blasio-Thompson unity fest
Cynics may see it as an obligatory marching to the head of a parade that's already been formed, but whatever your take, there was Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo at City Hall, titular head of the state Democratic Party, arriving for the concession of his former campaign chairman Bill Thompson in the mayoral primary.
Cuomo praised Bill de Blasio, who stood with him and Thompson, along with Thompson supporters who have rallied behind the public advocate. Cuomo, who was keeping the lowest of profiles during the primary campaign, was one of a number of Democrats who retroactively called Thompson's decision the right one. The gaggle on the steps to the hall included Rep. Charles Rangel -- who later said he regretted not counting every vote as a matter of principle -- and UFT president Michael Mulgrew, former UFT president Randi Weingarten, and numerous elected officials.
On Friday, Cuomo said of de Blasio's "tax-the-rich" proposal for schools that he'd wait until after the campaign "bumper sticker" sayings to see what the "real plans" were.
While there Cuomo also congratulated Scott Stringer, who won the comptroller's primary against former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Cuomo didn't mention Spitzer by name but said Stringer prevailed despite having been outspent two-to-one.
De Blasio faces Republican Joe Lhota, former MTA chairman, in the general election Nov. 5. Cuomo said as he departed his full-throated endorsement of de Blasio was "not to take anything away from Joe Lhota. I've worked with him. He is a great professional." The potential for Democratic divisiveness is thus minimized, at least for the moment, after 20 years of Republican mayors in the city. But one party elder, Assemb. Denny Farrell, noted that it is impossible to predict what may be ahead.