Jan 02, 2015 5:22 AM GMT
Even though I didn't agree with all of his policies, Mario Cuomo was a pretty decent and effective governor for New York. He helped lead my home state through some pretty tough, lean times during the Reagan 80s and he did the unpopular things to achieve the needed goals. He cut state spending and raised taxes in order to keep New York out of the red. He was a champion for the working and middle classes as well as the disenfranchised of society. He was a bit too liberal for me at times but he was still a pretty effective leader.
Svnw688 saidA moderate-liberal icon, unafraid to talk about HIV/AIDS when others were.
NJDewd saidWas hoping he would run in 1992 as I wasn't a Bill Clinton fan early on. I supported Tsongas actually, speaking of which: Tsongas defeated Edward Brooke who just passed at 95 in the 1978 general election. Brooke first elected (not legislatively appointed) African-American senator, in 1966.
HndsmKansan saidI had to pause and pay my respects. I grew up in a house with parents who were democrats and I remember hearing all about how horrible Nixon was and Reagan.
As a kid, I will never forget listening to Mario at the Democratic National convention in 1984. It made a huge impression on me. I think from that point on I thought of Mario Cuomo in a category unlike almost anybody else.
RIP Mario Cuomo, you'll never know how many you touched!