One of the hallmarks of a seasoned pol at a press conference is to take a question and start unsolicited to dissect and rework it for the reporter – thus building a verbal bridge to the answer the subject is prepared to give.
Here's a most Cuomo-esque Andrew Cuomo, asked by WSJ reporter Jacob Gershman if he’s an insider or outsider, prior to marching in yesterday’s “Salute to Israel” parade, where Cuomo was largely applauded…
“We use those words – are you an insider, are you an outsider, are you an upside downer…
“Do I believe I’ve been representing the people of the state for the past three years? Yes.
“Do I think my agenda for this state is an agenda that’s in the best interest of the people? Yes.
“Do I think I know how state government works? Yes.
“And do I think that’s an asset? Yes.
“Do I know how the federal government works? Yes.
“Is that an asset? Yes.
“Do I know how the private sector works? Yes.
“Do I bring experience in the federal government, state government and the private sector? Yes.
“But do I represent the people of the state?…One hundred percent.”
(In photo, that's the candidate and his daughter Cara, 15, being interviewed by Josh Robin of NY 1).