ALBANY — Nationwide and state pro-Republican forces are hoping to make use of the continuing federal corruption trial of certainly one of Gov. Cuomo’s former high aides to wreck the governor’s reelection bid.
The America Rising PAC, which has been hammering Cuomo in latest months, has created a brand new web site to focus on the trial of Joseph Percoco.
Borrowing from Cuomo’s remark that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, considered Percoco as a 3rd son, the political motion committee known as its new Cuomo-centric website “thirdcuomoson.com.”
“America Rising PAC has lengthy been dedicated to holding Governor Cuomo’s corrupt administration accountable, and our new effort might be a useful resource for voters who want to be taught extra about how corrupt practices have contaminated the very best reaches of Governor Cuomo’s administration,” the PAC spokesman Scott Sloofman stated.
The nationwide curiosity in Cuomo is supposed not simply to harm his marketing campaign for a 3rd time period this yr, but additionally any potential presidential run the Democrat could also be contemplating,
In the meantime, two weeks after the Every day Information reported that the state Republican occasion would unveil a digital advert marketing campaign tied to the Percoco trial, the primary on-line advert was launched Monday.
“Andrew Cuomo promised to wash up Albany,” the narrator says. “As an alternative he turned essentially the most corrupt governor in 100 years.
“Pay-to-play contracts and favors for his rich donors. His closest aide is now on federal trial for promoting his workplace in change for bribes and kickbacks. However the verdict on Andrew Cuomo’s tradition of corruption is already in: responsible.”
Cuomo has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Geoff Berman, Cuomo’s hand-picked state Democratic occasion government director, accused the Republicans of making an attempt to divert consideration from their very own corruption issues.
4 as soon as outstanding GOPers are dealing with their very own federal corruption trials this yr, together with the re-trial of ex-state Senate Majority Chief Dean Skelos.
“New York’s Republican Occasion and their deep pocketed beltway allies have been taken over by their occasion’s most excessive components,” Berman stated. “That is but yet one more unhappy try to distract from the 4 main Republican corruption trials this yr and from Trump’s disastrous polices which can be threatening New Yorkers and elevating their taxes.”
Berman added that “New Yorkers aren’t silly and know that Democrats are those combating to guard them whereas the Republicans are dug in making an attempt to defend the indefensible.”