Gibson’s multiple-choice Cuomo analysis: “belligerent, tone deaf, or insincere”

Taking a windmill windup at the governor he may seek to unseat in two years, Rep. Chris Gibson unloosed a scathing statement on Thursday about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget priorities, his feud with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the typically secretive way in which Cuomo and two legislative leaders had negotiated their budget deals and the absence of any ethics reform in their horse-trading.

Gibson, a Kinderhook Republican who has been in Congress a little over five years and whose district includes Ulster and Sullivan counties, is clearing shifting his attention to Albany as his stint in Washington winds down. He is foregoing a re-election run for New York’s 19th Congressional District this year, and has been traveling the state to prepare for a potential run for governor in 2018.

Here’s Gibson’s full statement, which reads like his inaugural campaign manifesto:

“Once again, we have a budget deal that was delivered to New Yorkers after backroom arm twisting and deal making, and driven by political spats and retribution.

“Governor Cuomo’s desire to make New York City ‘pay’ is because of his political frustration and anger with the Mayor.  His mandate to raise the minimum wage without serious regard to the consequences on Upstate, non-profits, small businesses and family farms is a direct result of his desire to drive up his flagging poll numbers.  And, his retreat – once again – on ethics reform when it is desperately needed is not only disappointing, but indicative of the type of Capitol Governor Cuomo wishes to preside over. On ethics reforms and so much more he is either belligerent, tone deaf, or insincere.

“This is a budget that will ensure more of the same in Albany and in our state.  Our counties will continue to struggle, our small businesses get no relief – just more mandates and regulations, and hardworking New Yorkers will continue to bear the largest tax burden in the nation.  We didn’t fundamentally change the myriad of policies on job creation, Medicaid spending, disabilities support, education, regulations, infrastructure investment and so much else – which will only result in our state continuing to struggle and more and more New Yorkers choosing to live elsewhere.

“We need a governor that is less focused on political revenge and driving up his poll numbers and instead prioritizes what is good for every New Yorker – Upstate and Downstate.  We need a governor who will lead an inclusive, democratic legislative process that isn’t defined by 3, or 4, men in a room.  We need a governor who will change the fundamental direction of our state – towards greater economic prosperity, a more honest government, and the individual freedom that every New Yorker deserves.

“Andrew Cuomo will never be that governor.  He must be defeated if we are to change the direction of New York State.”

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