National Politics - 2016

Andrew Cuomo’s Empire-Sized Ethics Problem

PRESIDENTIAL PROSPECT FACES FEDERAL PROBE OF HIS ABORTED ANTI-CORRUPTION PANEL New York governor Andrew Cuomo – one of the Democratic party’s top prospects for the 2016 presidential race – is in a pitched battle with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Southern New York over the abrupt discontinuation of his “ethics”…


New York governor Andrew Cuomo – one of the Democratic party’s top prospects for the 2016 presidential race – is in a pitched battle with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Southern New York over the abrupt discontinuation of his “ethics” panel.

Cuomo formed his panel – dubbed the “Morehead Commission” – last year.  At the time it was seen as a continuation of his commitment to root out corruption in the Empire State.

“I have repeatedly said that in order to get this state back on the right track, we must end the dysfunction and corruption that has plagued Albany for far too long and bring integrity back to the halls of our Capitol,” Cuomo said shortly after his election.

The only problem? Cuomo has been accused of meddling in the work of the committee – which he abruptly shut down in April.

According to a seismic story appearing in The New York Times  last week, Cuomo’s office “deeply compromised the panel’s work, objecting whenever the commission focused on groups with ties to Mr. Cuomo or on issues that might reflect poorly on him.”

“Mr. Cuomo’s aides repeatedly pressured the commission, many of whose members and staff thought they had been given a once-in-a-career chance at cleaning up Albany,” the Times  report continued.  “As a result, the panel’s brief existence — and the writing and editing of its sole creation, a report of its preliminary findings — was marred by infighting, arguments and accusations. Things got so bad that investigators believed a Cuomo appointee was monitoring their communications without their knowledge.”

Preet Bharara – who was appointed U.S. Attorney for southern New York by Barack Obama in 2009 – has been investigating the “work” of Cuomo’s commission as well as its abrupt termination.  In fact just this week Bharara announced that his office was investigating whether Cuomo and his supporters obstructed justice and tampered with witnesses related to the U.S. Attorney’s probe.

You read that right … Cuomo has been accused of meddling in an investigation that’s probing his meddling with multiple other investigations . 

It would be funny if it weren’t so sad, right?

“To the extent anyone attempts to influence or tamper with a witness’s recollection of events relevant to our investigation, including the recollection of a commissioner or one of the commission’s employees, we request that you advise our office immediately, as we must consider whether such actions constitute obstruction of justice or tampering with witnesses that violate federal law,” a letter sent from Bharara’s office to a commission attorney asserted.

Wow … this thing is getting serious.

“He’s become part of this broken system,” said Zephyr Teachout, Cuomo’s Democratic primary opponent. “He himself is now getting investigated by a federal prosecutor for meddling with the Moreland Commission. The Moreland Commission, which he set up to investigate corruption, then shut down prematurely.”

Cuomo is one of a handful of Democrats viewed as possible challengers to presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton – who enjoys a huge early lead in popularity and in fundraising.  Of course Clinton also enjoyed big early leads in the 2008 election cycle – and lost to Obama.

Cuomo, 56, is the son of three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.  Prior to his election in 2010 he served as Attorney General of New York, replacing the infamous Eliot Spitzer.

Based on his “ethics” record, it sounds like he’ll be right at home campaigning in early-voting South Carolina – one of the most corrupt states in the nation.

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GrandTango August 1, 2014 at 9:23 am

Obama has an IRS that targeted his political enemies, and yall think he is one of the greatest political minds in history.

Face it: Corruption is a staple of the Democrat Party. Match this report, w/ your Hillary fundraising intimidation piece, and looks like ‘Pootlian has been hired by the Clinton ’16 campaign, and FITS, his top media agent, has gotten a piece of the contract…

CooperRiverDaze August 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

look at the former Governor of Virginia on trial now………..he is a Republican and his cute little ass will be pounded by thugs in jail after he is sentenced.
Anyone can be corrupt.

GrandTango August 1, 2014 at 10:33 am

You Dumb@$$#$ always play right into my hands. All you’re telling me is that Republicans are prosecuted (read persecuted.) And being hassled into a trial by political operatives w/ public money, does not mean guilt, regardless of what you Witch Hunters are told by your masters.

Remember: Tom Delay had to spend hundreds of thousands to clear his name, after your liberal band of Nazis went after him.

shifty henry August 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

The gears that allow GrandTango’s brain to function were set when he entered first grade. He came home from school and
complained to his mother that the other kids laughed at his name and called him stupid. His mother bought him a wrist watch and explained how it worked. “When you look at it you see the time it is now, and when you push this little button you can see what time it was at this exact time yesterday.”

GrandTango August 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

You are a GREAT example of why you should not try to be me. I understand I inspire you, because I make relevance and substance look so easy. But your embarrassing attempt shows how hard it is.

Hint: Try to be topical, and offer something w/ some truth and content. Otherwise you look hokey, desperate and not too smart.

shifty henry August 1, 2014 at 11:41 am

There are times when I really would like to give a ‘thumbs up’ on one of your posts, but then you screw up by the end. I don’t want anyone to think that I agree with certain of those dopey statements. Here’s a suggestion (see Free Times)— make one comment a RAVE and a separate one a RANT. You may be surprised at the results.

GrandTango August 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Thanks for the suggestion SH. I always read, and take you opinion into account.

And a suggestion for you: I KNOW you hate me because I am a Conservative, and I comment in accordance w/ my political beliefs and experience. Restating your hatred over and over, even if you use pithy similes, is not going to attract any attention, or respect, except from the low intelligence and the brain dead. I doubt you care much about impressing them.

shifty henry August 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Sometimes a joke is……..just a joke

GrandTango August 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Forgive me: But I ALWAYS see you liberals as a joke.

GrandTango August 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Forgive me: But I ALWAYS see you liberals as a joke.

shifty henry August 2, 2014 at 7:19 am

liberals = wrong!

Check ALL of the ‘up’ votes on every article for the last two weeks, and where you see my smiling face read the comment and you will find that I am NOT a ‘liberal’.

You remind me of a four year old who pees on himself in front of the other kids in the sandbox because he is desperately in need for attention.

GrandTango August 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

Anyone who attacks what I represent is a pawn of leftwing extremism. Tea Party, Liberal-tarians, “independents” …if you fight a Conservative, but like to show moderates or liberals, how “reasonable” you are, by being nice to their dangerous movements…they are using you like toilet paper. They hate me, and laugh at you for your ignorance and naivete, while another 50K illegals swarm the border, your insurance cost doubles and they persecute political enemies w/ the IRS..

They are F*#K*ng you idiots up the @$$…and you’re bent over, smiling…thinking they are giving you Dumb@$$#$ a bidet service.

The policies of the left are hated by the American people, but you help them. They don’t give a F*#k what you think…but all the while you go along, thinking they’ll be fair in the end…because they told you so…

Sure the left is corrupt. You’d have to be ignorant to deny that. But they are controlling this country, all because of P#$$!#$, like you and FITS, who are told you are sophisticated.

Decent people fought for this country and built it. And we had to beat the F*#k out of a lot of stupid, backward and denying fools – like you- to have what we have…

It looks like we’re getting to the point that the smart, wise and strong are going to have to teach the dull, lazy and immoral..AGAIN..Now get off your @$$, go look in the mirror, digest what I told you….and get down on your knees, ask forgiveness…and get your HEAD out of FITS’ and Barack Obama’s @$$…Be a F*#king American. And give something back, for all the $#!* you’ve taken from us Hardworking Contributors. A$$ backward is no way to go through life.

shifty henry August 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

Little Miss Muffett was right about you…

GrandTango August 2, 2014 at 11:29 am

Wipe tat $#!* off your face Dumb@$$…You people cannot stand to be defined for what your really are. LMAO….

nitrat August 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

Oh, for the day that your blog keeps you so busy you stay there.

Fuck Face August 2, 2014 at 11:32 am

Oh, horse shit, Gary.

Medicaid August 2, 2014 at 11:39 am

“And give something back, for all the $#!* you’ve taken from us Hardworking Contributors…”

I guess writing BS on a blog nobody gives two fucks about and trolling Fits all day is really contributing…

Check’s in the mail…

TontoBubbaGoldstein August 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm


TBG’s Rule #3, Shifty. Rule #3.

SCBlues August 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

“Forgive me: But I ALWAYS see you liberals as a joke.”
I’m a liberal. Forgive me: But fuck you.

GrandTango August 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

Best and brightest….LMAO…

Stupid, inarticulate and crude…: you TOTALLY exemplify liberalism. Thank you. I could tell er’body who, and what, you are, but you represent it so much better…

TontoBubbaGoldstein August 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm


Seriously “T”…no one is trying to be you.

shifty henry August 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm

This brings up a question that needs to answered, “What does ‘GrandTango’ mean to him/her/them and should it mean something to others?” I know why I am ‘Shifty Henry’, and understand the meaning of other screen names, but The GT is elusive……

TontoBubbaGoldstein August 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm

When the Good Lord was handing out brains, LittleT misunderstood and heard “trains”.

He requested a “little one that runs backwards.”

Halfvast Conspirator August 1, 2014 at 9:26 am

the “Morehead Commission”

Shouldn’t Bill Clinton be in charge of that group?

EJB August 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

He’s busy with the “Human Humidors Association of America”, but he was probably a consultant.

William August 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Corruption in government is endemic. Both parties and bureaucrats alike, everyone seems to have their hands in the till. It is apparently very easy to get away with and no one seems to care very much.

Sandy Burglar August 1, 2014 at 9:36 am

A Democrat with ethics problems? I’m shocked!!

ReElect Nikki August 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

You being a Republican in a state run by those Ethical stalwarts Nikki Haley and Bobby Harrell?Why I certainly understand your “shock.”

SCBlues August 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

” I’m shocked!!”
Being shocked is the least of your problems . . .

shifty henry August 1, 2014 at 10:01 am

….. there ya’ go..!!

Squishy123 August 1, 2014 at 10:01 am

Yeah but he’s married to that excellent cook, Sandra Lee. You know the one who used to be on the Food Channel with big tits and made delicious things out of Cool Whip and Ranch Dressing packets? Plus she always topped everything off with alcohol.

New Yorker August 1, 2014 at 11:29 am

He is not married to Sandra even tho they live together. It is like the Mark and Belen situation except they did not hurt anyone and they are accepted by both families and friends.

SCBlues August 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

” . . .the Food Channel with big tits . . .”
Is that opposed to the Food Channel with small tits?

TontoBubbaGoldstein August 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

DDespite his love of food, TBG never watched the Small Tits Food Channel.

TBG has standarDDs.


SCBlues August 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm

“Triple DDDammit!!”
LOL TBG – you are outdoing yourself on this one!

shifty henry August 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

So now we know —– Cuomo and Emanuel are ‘Tweedledee & Tweedledum’ to Lil’ Barry’s “Alice”.

Concerned Citizen August 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

New York state’s government (14th most corrupt) is just a few notches above South Carolina’s (5th most corrupt), and corruption infects both political parties. Like anyone can get a STD.

Queen Jean August 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I told Andrew a couple of years ago that before you escalate your corruption in your own state, one has to know she/he owns the local U.S. Attorney. Like I do.

He didn’t listen.


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