Andrew Cuomo became the Democrats’ designee for attorney general Tuesday, and in so doing has for the moment at least turned around his political fate. NY1’s Josh Robin filed this report from the state Democratic Convention in Buffalo.
Four years ago he was the party outsider while running for governor. He didn't even bother coming to that convention.
On Tuesday, the state Democratic Convention overwhelmingly chose him as the party's designee to replace Eliot Spitzer as attorney general.
“What a difference four years can make, and it’s all because of you," said Cuomo.
Cuomo pulled in more than two thirds of the vote. He grew emotional as he thanked his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, during his acceptance speech.
He also took some strong shots at the president and governor, whom he called "the two George’s," and he drew chants of party faithful when he said the Democrats will win in November.
“We're not going to replace Eliot Spitzer with Jeanine Pirro, period," said Cuomo.
The win comes after a day of jockeying. But it does not mean Cuomo will be Democratic nominee.
Those who lost Tuesday, including former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, can petition to be on the ballot. Green said he will do just that, and predicts voters will pick him.
He also said Cuomo’s victory was the result of intimidation by party bosses.
“The Cuomo machine cannot personally badger 700,000 Democratic voters in September as they did 400,000-plus Democratic State Committee people in the last few months, and certainly last night," said Green.
Another Democratic hopeful, Denise O’Donnell, also says she will petition to get on the primary ballot. But for now the Democratic delegates have spoken, and their choice for attorney general is Andrew Cuomo.
- Josh Robin
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