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Book Depicts Andrew Cuomo as Control-Obsessed 'Bully'

By    |   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 07:48 PM

While he is spoken of as a potential fall-back candidate if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to stumble, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would bring plenty of his own baggage to a future presidential race, a new biography says.

A few months ago, Cuomo issued his autobiography, "All Things Possible," characterized by the New York Times as a "largely positive" narrative of his life. The new, unauthorized book – "The Contender," by Michael Shnayerson – is very different.

The book covers Cuomo's political career and his high-profile marriage to Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late attorney general and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

The only Kennedy family member to speak to the author was Kerry Kennedy's brother Douglas, who blasted Cuomo as a "bully." Other people close to the family would only speak anonymously about him.

During his marriage to Kennedy, these people described Cuomo as emotionally distant, and they said he came to shun Kennedy family events unless they involved a photo opportunity.

"Sometimes in public Andrew seems cheerful and bluff; a wry one-liner will remind his listeners that he harbors a very quick wit," Shnayerson wrote. "More often he comes across as wary, scowling in his speeches, shying away from crowds, his hands in his coat pocket when another politician would press the flesh and hold the babies."

While Cuomo, son of a veteran New York governor, was in essence raised on politics and managed a number of his father's campaigns, he also spent time as an attorney in private practice. In 1993, he moved to Washington to work at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, first as assistant secretary and later as HUD secretary.

Cuomo's rise at HUD was not slowed by what Shnayerson termed an "all-out war" with Susan Gaffney, the agency’s inspector general, who is quoted at length in the book.

Gaffney said that in retaliation for questioning some of Cuomo's practices as secretary, his top aides launched a whispering campaign to smear her as a racist and cheat.

In 2001, Cuomo left HUD and went back to New York, where he ran unsuccessfully for governor. Around then, his wife demanded a divorce, and the details became huge tabloid stories.

"He had hit bottom, and had no one but himself to blame," Shnayerson said.

The book also covers difficult issues including Cuomo's bitter battle with U.S. Attorney Pheet Bhara, who is investigating the governor's controversial decision to shut down the Moreland Commission, a panel responsible for taking on corruption in Albany.

The commission's work to root out corruption in the state reportedly led to the indictment of Cuomo's frequent political ally, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, on federal corruption charges in January.

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While he is spoken of as a potential fall-back candidate if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to stumble, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would bring plenty of his own baggage to a future presidential race, a new biography says.
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