Will Cuomo's Very Bad Weekend Hurt His Commanding Lead Over Nixon?


With just days to go, a poll shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a comfortable lead over his Democratic primary challenger.

Nixon has not publicly endorsed the BDS campaign. I have no authority in the situation at all, I can't say do this or do that. "With a lead of almost 40 points among all likely voters, Cuomo has a lead of at least 20 points with every demographic group and leads by at least 30 points in every region of the state", said the survey.

In an interview Saturday morning, Nixon argued that corruption in Albany, the state capital, can only be cleaned up, and the struggles of working-class New Yorkers properly addressed, by someone from outside the halls of power - someone like her.

"I didn't know about the mailer, I heard about the mailer, I haven't seen the mailer", the governor said at a press conference. "We need more people elected to office who have a firsthand experience of that".

"We share a progressive vision", Nixon said of the group, reprising a key campaign argument: "We can't just keep giving people something to show up and vote against, we actually have to give them something to show up and vote for". "To us, this kind of unfounded charge as a political weapon in a smear campaign is unworthy of Cuomo's Democratic Party". Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also backing the incumbent, has featured prominently in Cuomo's television ad blitz.

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Nixon attends a synagogue regularly and is raising her children in the Jewish faith.

"I was appalled - I was angry", Nixon said. "And when I'm governor, she will be".

"I didn't know about the mailer", Cuomo sad.

The mailer says Nixon opposes funding for Jewish schools, supports "racist, xenophobic" calls to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and that she has been "silent on the rise of anti-Semitism".

Though Berman has acknowledged that the mailer was "wrong and inappropriate", the state committee has thus far refused to answer repeated questions about how the deceitful ad got made, if anyone has been disciplined over the mistake, and whether it was targeted to certain demographics.