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Are We Finally Done With Tough-Guy Politicians?

Are We Finally Done With Tough-Guy Politicians?
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Are We Finally Done With Tough-Guy Politicians?

Are We Finally Done With Tough-Guy Politicians?

His own daily television coronavirus briefings became such an addiction – and balm – that the governor was awarded an Emmy, with the president of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences explaining that “The people of the world whole people plugged in to find out what was going on, and New York hard has become a symbol of the determination to fight back.

Serious paternalism was the political hallmark Mr. Cuomo had built throughout his career, an image expertly forged in a blend of aggressive masculinity and accomplished compassion. He had now reached the top. Even during Hurricane Sandy, polls put him ahead of Mayor Michael Bloomberg on who was handling the recovery best. Mr. Cuomo was still visible in his bomber jacket, on the spot, in flooded tunnels, holding flashlights, like he was going to come clean your basement and then replace the plasterboard. In contrast, Mr Bloomberg was often behind a catwalk in a stylish sweater – from the cool architect to the governor’s rugged contractor.

The feeling of competence was intoxicating enough to leave the supporters behind. As Mr Cuomo ran for a second term, in 2014 he announced he was disbanding the Moreland Commission, an investigative unit he had created with fanfare not long before to investigate the avalanche of corruption that characterized Albany. The group had a promising list of targets, including a lawmaker who allegedly used campaign funds to pay his girlfriend’s bills at a tanning salon. Voters ultimately cared very little. Mr Cuomo secured the Democratic nomination, regardless, by defeating Zephyr Teachout, a progressive law professor and a woman, who was running on an anti-corruption platform.

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It’s hardly worth noting that women lose out in our collective infatuation with proxy father figures almost every time. New York City is set to elect a mayor, Eric Adams, who has pledged to rebuild the house, restore order and keep outlaws in line, as only a patriarch believes he can. do. Kathryn Garcia’s steely managerial skill ultimately could not compete with this stance of determined authority.

So far, little has stood in the way of the governor’s assertions of power. Many of Mr. Cuomo’s victims were afraid to come forward for fear of reprisal. Their boss was a fan of both “jokes” and retaliation. “I’m the same person in public as I am in private,” the governor said this week, a statement that may seem like the problem more than the exemption, because in public Mr. Cuomo can be combative and domineering, which New Yorkers watched closely for eight years as he regularly subjected Mayor Bill de Blasio to spraying in his mortar and pestle.

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