Worth a read, in preparation for the rest of this campaign season, is Tom Robbins' piece on Andrew Cuomo. In describing the expected candidate's squelching of the caricatured Andrew Cuomo as trash-talking Queens swaggerer, Robbins states in part:
"......What you do get is a steady drumbeat of press releases and carefully staged news events presenting The Andrew Cuomo Show: a reality-based series featuring a modern Knight Templar waging a crusade against wrongdoers and rip-off artists. The show itself gets exceptionally high ratings. But the tightly scripted performance by its star—a clearly ambitious politician—has driven some of New York's media right up the wall.
"For instance: Over a year ago Bob Hardt, the news director at NY1, posted a "Cuomo Clock" on his website, counting down the days, hours, and minutes since the sitting AG has failed to come in for a round on the station's influential Road to City Hall show. On Tuesday, the clock stood at 1,126 days.
"I have spoken repeatedly to him about coming on the show, and he has said he would," says Hardt. "But when we try to nail it down, it never happens."
"Not that Cuomo doesn't talk often, and at length, to reporters. It's just all cautiously off the record. You can talk for an hour to the state's top law enforcement officer. If you come away with a quotable sentence in your notebook, you've done well......."
(Above is a photo of William Singler, who pleaded guilty in a process-serving scam case brought by AG Cuomo).