Governor Andrew Cuomo is being blamed for staggering Democratic Party losses in the House of Representatives.
Despite the Governor fundraising upwards of $45 million for his own reelection campaign and finishing with many millions still in the bank, his beleaguered fellow Democrats received minimal financial support from the Governor — and top party operatives in Washington, DC are rumored to be irate.
A full quarter of all Democratic Party losses in the House last night occurred in New York, where corruption allegations stemming from the now disgraced Moreland Commission consumed the political discourse and suppressed voter turnout (especially among Democrats) to the lowest level since FDR was elected Governor in 1930.
The record low turnout doomed high profile Democrat Congressmen including Dan Maffei, Mike Accuri, and Tim Bishop. Retiring Rep. Bill Owens’ seat was lost to a 30 year old Republican in the North Country. Well funded Democratic challengers — like Sean Eldridge, the husband of Facebook’s billionaire co-founder Chris Hughes — went no where, despite presumed technological and spending advantages. Even the most senior member of the State’s Congressional delegation and the former Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee — Louise Slaughter — may still lose her seat.
Slaughter is only about 500 votes ahead of her Republican challenger, in a race that nobody thought was competitive. When absentee ballots are counted, she may be ousted from office after decades in the House.
Considering that Slaughter was so vulnerable in a district of similar demographic make up to the district of Rep. Brian Higgins, some are wondering why local Chairman Nick Langworthy did so little to assist, promote, or fundraise for the campaign of Kathy Weppner, whom many thought could have been a national voice.
Cuomo’s administration has been disgraced by corruption scandals in the last few months that are ongoing. He had been hoping for an election win that would catapult him to national political prominence.
Last night, Governor Cuomo burned some very serious bridges with House Democratic leadership, which observers say could prove stifling for his presidential ambitions.