Cuomo’s ‘anti-gay’ remarks provoke reminder of ‘Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo’ campaign signs

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Mario and Andrew Cuomo / Photo credit: mystorylives.blogspot.com

History comes to mind after hearing remarks New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made on a radio show last week. His father, the former Gov. Mario Cuomo, may have no place in his son’s New York. What’s more, by his own standards, even the current governor’s place may be in jeopardy.

The governor complained about conservatives during his appearance on “The Capitol Pressroom” radio show Friday, defining them as, “Right-to-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay.”

He closed his thoughts with this topper: “If that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

The problem is, when reminded of a mayoral campaign the senior Cuomo allegedly waged in 1977 — one in which the younger Cuomo had a role, the two can not be excluded from the anti-gay category with 100 percent certainty.

The late New York Mayor Ed Koch was very private about his sex life and his sexual preference. When the lifelong bachelor was asked whether he was gay or straight, he shot back, “It’s none of your f—ing business,” the New York Daily News reported.

Although Koch was right — it was no one’s business but his own — remarks like that set tongues wagging, and allegedly prompted the elder Cuomo to use the gossip to his own advantage.

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During the ugly 1977 New York City mayoral primary battle between Koch and Mario Cuomo, Cuomo campaign signs appeared throughout Queens — Cuomo’s home turf — reading, “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo.” Cuomo’s son Andrew, then 19, worked alongside his father on the campaign.

Both father and son denied they had anything to do with the dirty trick, according to Gothamist, but one has to ask, who benefited from the smear? No one but Mario Cuomo.

The New York Times released a 2007 interview with Koch after his death a year ago, and confessed he had never forgiven either of the Cuomos for the incident.

“I always held it against him. I also held it against his son, Andy Cuomo,” he said in the videotaped interview, the Daily News reported.

“Social relationships, where we meet, are good,” Koch added, noting his meetings with the elder Cuomo following the primary. “Underneath, he knows, I know, what I’m really thinking: ‘You pr—.’”

First of all, the campaign slogan, “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo,” assumed something that hadn’t even been established — that Koch was gay.

Second, the signs implied that if Koch were gay, that would make him somehow less qualified to run the Big Apple.

Third, the pejorative “homo,” the gay equivalent of the “n” word, was chosen to make the point.

If that doesn’t meet the younger Cuomo’s definition of “anti-gay,” I’m not sure what else would.

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  • SusieQ

    Cuomo learned from the best didn’t he.

  • pen44

    But, the Cuomos are part of the Liberal Cesspool Party, doncha know, so it’s alright to cheat, lie, obfuscate, promote fraud, & any other filthy trick that they can think of, they’ll do…and be proud of it because their constituency comes from the moral sewers across the country, and they expect & accept it. Plus, their voting populace cannot think passed their noses, so they forget easily & quickly.

  • calcul8ed

    “The New York Times,above, released a 2007( interview with Koch after his death a year ago), and confessed he had never forgiven either of the Cuomos for the incident.”
    New York Times uses Spiritual interview ability to interview the DEAD.

    • calcul8this

      Good thing he didn’t die until 2013 and the interview was in 2007…

    • Frank Swietlik

      Public School education at it’s finest……

  • LibertyNow

    Perfect description : Liberal Cesspool Party!!!!! Mario Cuomo for his entire public life had only his one positive moment – the speaking address he made – and it certainly went to his head! He was downhill from that point, and he sure did train his family in gutter politics as well. People like the Cuomos profess to be, smart, giving, and able, and they sure love their power….just look at their superior attitudes ……giving others the shaft – their actions and example will lead them straight to Hell – and it will sure be overcrowded with all our blood sucking politicians!

  • DreadPirateStarbucks

    Is homo really the gay equivalent of the n word? Then what about hetero. Seems like a false equivalent.

    • Pam

      How about somebody called me a ” Cracker” the other day. Isn’t that a white “n” word……………….

  • Pam

    Aww but Col he has been enlightened since then, as has our president, who was also anti gay.

  • wondering5

    doesn’t anyone have a right to an opinion except gays? sad I thought this was the United States of America. We have freedom of speech. Gays can say whatever they want. They call anyone that doesn’t agree with them homophobic. How about telling them to leave the state of New York. If they don’t like who represents the state vote them out. Other wise go about their lives and enjoy life . Quit making everything about them.

  • DC is Evil

    Pretty pathetic of RandyAndy Homo….err, Queermo….um, I mean Cuomo!