In an effort to attempt to rescue his hopes for re-election and a possible future Presidential campaign, Governor Cuomo is now trying to distance himself from the SAFE Act that he was so instrumental in passing. According to a nypost.com article, Cuomo is trying to shift blame for the shoddily worded law to Mayor Bloomberg and the Brady Campaign, saying that they drafted most of the legislation and he didn’t read it. Just like the rest of the NY Legislature didn’t read it before it was hastily crammed down the throats of New Yorkers . . .
“Much of what’s in the law was drafted by people connected to Mayor Bloomberg and the Brady Center, not by the governor’s staff,” the (Cuomo administration) source said. “That’s why there are so many problems with it.’’
Before the massive backlash against the bill began, Cuomo was trying to use the SAFE Act to bolster his Democratic credentials. It looked like he was trying to position himself to be a frontrunner for the 2016 nomination, building himself up as the new Democratic poster boy. But instead of the public rallying to his side, his popularity numbers have taken a nosedive and the largest protests ever recorded in Albany formed against his prized legislation.
Seeing the writing on the wall, it’s now apparently time to distance himself from this steaming pile.
Which raises the question: did Cuomo and the Assembly take the bill’s language directly from the Brady Campaign? And then ram it through under a “message of necessity” without letting anyone read it? [ED: don’t exaggerate: they had twenty-minutes to read the bill.]
If a law drafted by the NRA was enacted, the papers would be crying bloody murder. Instead, since one of their approved special interest groups apparently helped draft the legislation, not a single peep has been heard. Hooray for the state-controlled media.