Son of three-term governor Mario Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo, has promised an important change during the campaign.
Republican Carl Paladino depended on an outsider image. Paladino campaigned in the northern part of the state, which has been strongly affected by the recession.
In spite of anger at in office across the country, New York Atty. Gen. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has spent most of his adult life in government, Tuesday was elected governor of New York. A position that his father, Mario, held for three terms.
In the past few weeks, Democrat Cuomo, 52, was leading ahead of his Republican opponent, Carl Paladino, 64. Paladino is a real estate developer who vowed to take a baseball bat to the dysfunctional state government in Albany and came out of the primaries with strong support from the “tea party” movement.
In his second try to become governor, Cuomo has always led the race, but he obtained momentum this fall when New York voters started to doubt Paladino’s character and qualifications following the latter’s feeling of disgust for gays, had a difficult time answering questions at a debate and nearly came to blows with a New York tabloid editor who was pressing him about his out-of-wedlock young daughter.
Paladino, who seems to be dismissive toward voter-dense New York City, concentrated his campaign on communities in the northern part of the state, which has been affected strongly by the recession.
Meanwhile, his primary attraction was his outsider rage at Albany, as a result turned out to appear a little too angry to govern.
Although Cuomo has vowed to change, he was the strong candidate even from the start.