The Contender

The Contender

Andrew Cuomo, A Biography

eBook - 2015
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Andrew Cuomo is the protagonist of an ongoing political saga that reads like a novel. In many ways, his rise, fall, and rise again is an iconic story: a young American politician of vaunting ambition, aiming for nothing less than the presidency. Building on his father's political success, a first run for governor in 2002 led to a stinging defeat, and a painful, public divorce from Kerry Kennedy, scion of another political dynasty, Cuomo had to come back from seeming political death and reinvent himself.

He did so, brilliantly, by becoming New York's attorney general, and compiling a record that focused on public corruption. In winning the governorship in 2010, he promised to clean up America's most corrupt legislature. He is blunt and combative, the antithesis of the glad-handing, blow-dried senator or governor who tries to please one and all. He's also proven he can make his legislature work, alternately charming and arm-twisting his colleagues with a talent for political strategy reminiscent of President Lyndon Johnson. Political pundits tend to agree that for Cuomo, a run for the White House is not a question of whether, but when.

Publisher: New York : Hachette Book Group, [2015]
ISBN: 9781455522002
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Andrew Cuomo, a biography

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Jun 28, 2015

If you think the son of the legendary Mario Cuomo is a legitimate presidential contender, you may change your mind after reading this book. It tells the story of how Andrew has barely stayed on the side of legality in some very questionable deals, from his heavy involvement in the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, to how he doled out grants while at HUD, to controversial highway projects such as replacing the Tappan Zee bridge. After reading this book, my impression of Andrew is that he has little to no ethics - not surprising for New York State which has a well deserved reputation for being the most corrupt state in the US. And that most people in the state are powerless to do anything to change that environment. Respectfully, he does not belong in any future administration - let alone running for the highest office.


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