Appropriately for Ash Wednesday, the **ack** Executive for my county of residence has announced that he is running on the Republican ticket against Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose approval rating stands at 63%.
Astorino supports fracking in NY State, a position which is facing more opposition even upstate. Astorino brought gun shows back to the Westchester County Center, a divisive policy that won't win him any friends in the post "Sandy Hook" milieu.
In his announcement speech, Astorino said, "I'm tired of watching New York's decline."
Operating on the handy principle that Republicans are always wrong, a glance at New York's unemployment rate indicates that it has dropped to 7.1%, and that New York accounted for 12% of the country's private sector job growth in December. If that's a decline, I'm Rapunzel.
The best strategy the Cuomo campaign can come up with is to tie the Republican gubernatorial albatross around Astorino's neck and let the combined weight of Scott Walker, Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Ricks Snyder and Scott sink him into the depths of the tea-dark sea.
From an Ash Wednesday announcement to an ashy heap after the inevitable crash-and-burn, I don't think Astorino will even act as a speedbump to slow the Cuomo juggernaut. Cuomo's no doubt got his eye on the White House in the future, and he won't let the pissant Westchester County Executive stand in his way.