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Congressional candidate Rhodes has ties to, and money from, Cuomo circle

Feb 21, 2018 2:01 pm
Bill Mahoney reports in Politico New York that one-sixth of the money Congressional candidate Gareth Rhodes has raised has come from people working for or appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and their staffs. Rhodes, who grew up on a vegetable and livestock farm in Esopus in Ulster County, is among six Democrats who want to challenge Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) in the November election. Rhodes used to work for Cuomo. He was an intern, then an advance man, and then the governor's deputy press secretary until enrolling in Harvard Law School in 2015. His campaign filings show he has received at least $66,000 was from Cuomo staffers and appointees and their spouses. “My proudest moment working in the governor’s office was when we became the first big state in the nation to pass marriage equality,” he said at a recent event. “Four Republican state senators ended up voting for this bill, and then it started a wave across the entire nation that I believe led to the Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality for the entire country.” Cuomo and Faso have been feuding on social media for the past year. The story points out that Cuomo has not been particularly popular in the Congressional District. "In the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary, Cuomo received 29 percent of the vote in the seven counties that are entirely contained in the district, compared to 64 percent in the rest of the state. He received 37 percent of the district's vote in the general election, his third-weakest performance in any of the state’s 27 congressional seats," Mahoney reports. Read the full story in Politico New York.
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