Mario Cuomo passes at 82

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    Jan 02, 2015 5:22 AM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/01/us/mario-cuomo-dies-new-york-governor/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
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    Jan 03, 2015 3:56 PM 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.
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    roadbikeRob said
    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.


    I mostly agree. I thought he was a real decent man ... one who I could disagree with and still respect.
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    Jan 03, 2015 11:25 PM GMT
    A moderate-liberal icon, unafraid to talk about HIV/AIDS when others were.

    Hat off.
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    Jan 04, 2015 12:45 PM GMT
    Svnw688 saidA moderate-liberal icon, unafraid to talk about HIV/AIDS when others were.

    Hat off.


    Agreed!! Still stunned how he upset Ed Koch in 1982 Democratic primary for NY governor. But BRILLIANT strategy - "hey, you can have the best of both worlds - Ed in Mayor's office and me in Governor's seat"...It worked!!
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    Jan 04, 2015 4:06 PM GMT
    I 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!
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    Jan 04, 2015 4:07 PM GMT
    Was hoping he would run in 1992 as I wasn't a Bill Clinton fan early on. I supported Tsongas actually.
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    Jan 04, 2015 4:09 PM GMT
    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.
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    Jan 04, 2015 10:45 PM GMT
    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!


    Careful with that one. I remember saying similar about Bill Cosby a decade or so ago.