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Cuomo, Hochul rally all about Hillary

Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor,

Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, holds hands with Hillary Rodham Clinton as she appears with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo at the "Women for Cuomo" event at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Photo Credit: Bryan Smith

At a different rally, the former elected official might have had the job of introducing the current candidate.

But of course, it was the other way around on Thursday at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan as former Secretary of State and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton played her starring, diva-like role under a "Women's Equality" banner.

Candidate Kathy Hochul, Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's running mate for lieutenant governor, glowingly introduced Clinton -- at a rally for Cuomo and Hochul. Fans lavished more attention on Clinton by shouting "2016!"

As departing incumbent Robert Duffy would know, a lieutenant governor's role requires duty as a sidekick. Hochul rose to the occasion by saying, "It is my highest honor to introduce a dear friend, someone who's been an inspiration" and a world-renowned leader. Clinton gave her trademark "delighted-at-the-turnout" facial expression and praised Hochul's prior service as a House member from western New York.

For Cuomo and Hochul, drawing on Clinton's Beyoncé-like celebrity 11 days before facing Republican challenger Rob Astorino and running mate Chris Moss created a bit of national Democratic buzz -- without a hazardous link to, say, President Barack Obama's low approval numbers.PERSPECTIVE, PLEASE: No, Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio aren't following the same script in their Ebola responses. After first combining on a stay-calm message from Bellevue Hospital, Cuomo popped up with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announcing quarantines for health workers arriving from West Africa, without de Blasio on board.

Last spring, the two Democrats clashed over pre-K. De Blasio later got his desired funding -- but without the election-year tax he wanted, which Cuomo and the GOP shunned. This time, Astorino said New York's Ebola case "could have been avoided," had flights from stricken nations been suspended. So again, the political exigencies for Cuomo and de Blasio differed. But again, it doesn't put them at war.

LI ON HAND: From Thursday's rally rostrum, former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn recognized Assemb. Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont), Suffolk Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito, Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and town council members Anna Kaplan and Lee Seeman, Huntington Town Councilmember Susan Berland, and former Democratic State Committee chair Judith Hope.


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