Cuomo and Nixon debate on Long Island
Aug 30, 2018 7:45 am
David Lombardo is reporting for Capitol Confidential Gov.Andrew M. Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon faced off August 29, over corruption, tax disclosures and various progressive issues during the pair's only debate in the lead up to the Democratic gubernatorial primary. The hour-long contest of words was held at Hofstra University on Long Island and was moderated by CBS New York's Maurice DeBois and Marcia Kramer. The debate often devolved into personal attacks, allegations of lying and canned one-liners, according to Lombardo. Both candidates expressed support for a liberal wish list that included legalized marijuana, single-payer health care and campaign finance reform. Nixon challenged the governor's record in office and touted her experience as an activist on education funding, LGBTQ issues and women's rights. Cuomo said the stakes of the job require a qualified candidate. "The governor of New York is not a job about politics," he said. "It's not about advocacy. It's about doing." Cuomo accused Nixon of not releasing enough of her taxes — she has released five years — while Nixon noted that Cuomo did not release his 2009 taxes until weeks after winning his first term in office in 2010. After the debate, Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro said the candidates appeared to be running for mayor of New York City against President Donald Trump. Independent gubernatorial candidate Stephanie Miner bemoaned the lack of questions about upstate job creation or the governor's economic development policies. The Democratic primary will take place, Thu., Sep. 13. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential.