New York’s Democrats are a liberal lot. Ever since two young state legislators, Al Smith and Robert Wagner, authored the pioneering bills that outlawed a host of labor abuses in the wake of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire, New York’s Democratic elected officials and voters have been at the forefront of social reform. As governor, Franklin Roosevelt initiated public works and public jobs programs that became a model for those he implemented as president. In recent decades, New Yorkers have increasingly voted for Democratic candidates, and for increasingly liberal Democratic candidates.
So why on earth would the state’s Democrats want to reelect Gov. Andrew Cuomo?
At a time when Democrats everywhere are seeking to diminish economic inequality, Cuomo, who is running for a second term as governor, has adopted policies that would only widen the economic gaps.