Governor Andrew Cuomo finally had something to say about this year's mayor's race, as the top Democrat in the state gave some crucial support Sunday to Bill de Blasio. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Up until now, Governor Andrew Cuomo has refused to weigh in on the mayor's race. The current mayor's comments to New York Magazine, though, seem to have inspired the governor, who is now backing Bill de Blasio.
"They are a beautiful family," he said. "Individually, each of the members of the family are truly special people, and I think he should be very proud of his family."
Cuomo was reacting to an interview Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave last month that was published on Saturday. In the interview, Bloomberg slams de Blasio, calling his campaign racist, criticizing him for featuring his family so prominently on the campaign trail.
"The comments that were reported clearly are out of line and have no place in our political discourse," Cuomo said. "There's plenty of substantive issues to be discussing without raising unnecessary and inflammatory topics."
Cuomo's comments come at a crucial time for de Blasio. Two days before the Democratic primary, a highly popular governor is vouching for the front-runner, something de Blasio can use to his advantage.
"I am so appreciative for what he said, humanly," de Blasio said. "But I think also, speaking as our governor and speaking as the head of the Democratic Party, I think he said something very powerful about our values."
De Blasio and Cuomo have a history. Both, in fact, said they go way back.
"I also know his family. I know his wife Chirlane. I remember when the kids were born," Cuomo said.
"You know, I was actually working for him the day Dante was born," de Blasio said.
The public advocate served in the federal housing department while Cuomo was secretary.
The governor's remarks will certainly not improve his relationship with the current mayor, putting the two once again at odds.
Bloomberg's spokesman would not comment.