NY: Independence Party to endorse Cuomo? In what sense is this "independent"?

In New York, the Troy Record reports that the executive committee of the Independence Party has endorsed Attornoey General Andrew Cuomo for governor:
The executive committee of the Independence Party endorsed Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Tuesday in the Collar City. “This campaign is all about changing Albany,” said Cuomo outside the Hilton Garden Inn on Hoosick Street, where he was joined by Independence Party chair Frank MacKay and other executive committee members. “We need to try a different way … the different way for me is to build support among the people of New York.”

Cuomo, 52, announced his campaign Saturday. He’s now headed to the Democratic State Convention, which kicks off today where he will receive that party’s endorsement. “The executive committee is overwhelmingly supporting, unanimously supporting, Attorney Andrew General Cuomo for the next governor of New York,” said Mackay. “We think he is the independent voice that will take New York out of this current crisis. His reform agenda is outstanding.” [Emphasis added.]
Of course, Cuomo is not an independent, he's a career politician, whose candidacy represents the worst of American dynasticism and provides yet another piece of evidence documenting the slow development of an hereditary ruling aristocracy in the United States. From Wikipedia:
Cuomo was born in Queens, New York, the elder son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and the older brother of ABC News journalist Chris Cuomo. Andrew and his ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, the seventh child of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, have three daughters. The couple announced their separation in 2003 and have subsequently divorced . . . He was a top aide to his father during his father's 1982 campaign for Governor. He then joined the Governor's staff as one of his father's top policy advisors, a position he filled on and off during his father's 12-year governorship . . . Cuomo was appointed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development as Assistant Secretary in 1993, as a member of President Bill Clinton's administration. . . . In 2002, Cuomo ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the Governor of New York.
At the Think 3 Institute, Sam Wilson questions the independence of the Independence Party in endorsing the likes of Cuomo for governor:
While genuinely independent personalities like the billionaire Tom Golisano have headed the Independence ticket in the past, this year the party leadership will endorse Andrew Cuomo, the current attorney general and presumptive Democratic nominee for governor. The Independence chairman in particular is practically servile in his adulation of Cuomo, declaring himself ready to hold the man's coat during the race.

If truth-in-advertising laws applied to party labels, the Independence Party's expected endorsement of Cuomo, which would have to be ratified at a party convention, would oblige it to change its name. What they'd call themselves I don't know. I have no idea because I have no idea of what they stand for apart from perpetuating their place on the ballot. If that's what it takes to hold a place on the ballot in New York, that's just another argument for radical reform of the ballot itself, not just the rules for access to it.

1 comment:

Shawn said...

I'd hate to suggest this has anything to do with desiring to get the New York AG's office to stop investigating them...