In his bid for a third term, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo scored a huge endorsement Wednesday from failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
At Hofstra University Long Island, the site of her first debate with then candidate Donald Trump in 2016, Clinton spoke glowingly as she endorsed Cuomo.
“We need leaders who stand up for progressive values and stand up to those who try to turn neighbor against neighbor and sow seeds of division,” Clinton told convention delegates, after almost 100 percent of them voted to nominate Cuomo for a third term as Governor.
“Most of all, we need leaders who believe in producing results and getting things done,” she added.
Cuomo had not been expected to appear on Wednesday; nevertheless, bearing a bouquet, he met Clinton midstage after her 13-minute speech.
“This brings back good memories of the first debate in 2016,” Clinton told the convention crowd. “That was a little bit like a reunion. The kind of reunion where you’re cornered by that person you least want to talk to. Despite that, it was a great night — mostly because I won.”
Many in the delegate crowd were less than amused, particularly as the occasion carried all the fanfare of an incumbent rally and made clear Clinton’s snub of progressive female candidate and ‘Sex and the City’ star Cynthia Nixon.
Clinton, vocal for years advocating for more females in politics and famously urging people worldwide to ‘vote for women’ running for office, cited Cuomo’s extensive executive ‘experience’. Cuomo, according to Clinton, is just better suited to fill the office than Cynthia Nixon, who has never held any kind of public office.
While her endorsement of Cuomo will certainly confuse her hard-line followers, Clinton told the crowd that Democrats are poised to lead New York and the entire nation.
“So much of the progress we have seen in the United States has happened because we have pushed open doors and opportunity for people who have been shut down,” she went on. “And we, my friends, are not going back.”
When she spoke at Rutgers University in March, Clinton encouraged women who were running for office for the first time: “It’s worth it to go out there, to advocate for what you believe and to be the person trying to make the change you want to see.”
In an article she wrote for Cosmopolitan magazine last year, Clinton again urged women to enter politics. “The day after election day, I said that women and girls are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world,” the article read.
“I believe in that message more fiercely than ever. You are valuable and powerful. You are eminently qualified and capable. And I cannot wait to see how you use your unique gifts and skills to make your community, our country and our world a better place.”
Unless you are Cynthia Nixon, apparently.
Nixon, the Working Families Party candidate, arguably presents a strong challenge from the far left, and may represent new state party leaders challenging the ‘old guard.’
The Working Families Party formed twenty years ago with the intent of moving the Democratic Party farther to the left, clashing repeatedly with Governor Cuomo. They embraced underdog Nixon, and have endorsed her for the September Democratic primary. The WFP’s progressive slate includes support for the reelection run of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who accepted their endorsement in March.
As for Cuomo, Clinton celebrated his achievements, such as increasing the minimum wage, enacting gun-safety laws, providing free tuition at SUNY and installing paid family leave.
Cuomo has long ties to the Clintons; he served as housing secretary in President Bill Clinton’s cabinet.
Sharing the convention stage with Hillary Clinton Wednesday, Cuomo dismissed any criticisms and praised her public service.
“Hillary Clinton was, in many ways, in my opinion, a great champion for women empowerment when it was hard,” he told reporters. “And she was a real pioneer.”
Cuomo endorsed Hillary’s presidential run shortly after she announced in 2015.
Nixon also was a Clinton supporter, telling reporters in 2015 “I am definitely a Hillary person.”
Evidently, despite her rhetoric to the contrary, Clinton does not support all female candidates.
~ Conservative Zone