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Wall Street Journal: Harsh Critique of Cuomo

27 Sep

By JACOB GERSHMAN

The head of a black-owned weekly newspaper based in Harlem said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has “proved nothing” to African-American voters and takes their support for granted.

The publisher and editor-in-chief of the Amsterdam News, Elinor Tatum, vented her frustration with state’s the attorney general in a strongly worded open letter in the newspaper published on Thursday.

“You have remained silent. You have met with no one. And I mean no one. You have not spoken to us or any other media outlets, for that matter,” Ms. Tatum wrote. “You seem to think that you are the golden child who cannot be touched, but I am afraid, my friend, you may be sorely mistaken.” Continue reading

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NYTimes: Cuomo Facing Criticism From Blacks

27 Sep
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE Published: September 26, 2010

Andrew M. Cuomo faces discontent among black elected officials and community leaders who say Mr. Cuomo has ignored them during his campaign for governor and is offering black New Yorkers little reason to rally to his cause, endangering his prospects for November.

In interviews, the officials raised numerous concerns about Mr. Cuomo, the state attorney general and a Democrat who has in the past had uneasy relations with New York’s black political establishment. He has done virtually no campaigning in predominantly black neighborhoods in New York or with black elected officials, they said, and has offered no major initiatives aimed at minority New Yorkers, spurring worries that black voters will stay home in November.

Some were rankled that Mr. Cuomo refused to take a stand on legislation enacted this summer that prohibits the New York Police Department from keeping records on people questioned during street stops but not arrested or fined. Continue reading

My Fox NY: Elinor Tatum talks Andrew Cuomo

27 Sep

Elinor Tatum is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the New York Amsterdam News.

Tatum published an open letter to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo questioning his campaign.

Tatum writes,” One thing I can assure you is that you cannot do this without the help of the Black community, and you will not get that help just for being a Cuomo. You need to earn our votes, our trust and our loyalty. At this point, you may be the lesser of two evils, but we do have other choices.”

Tatum joins Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly to discuss her open letter to Cuomo.

Original My Fox NY post and video: http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/good_day_ny/elinor-tatum-amsterdam-news-andrew-cuomo-20100927

Original AmNews Post: http://politicsnoir.com/2010/09/23/andy-are-you-gonna-to-run-a-campaign/

Village Voice: Andrew Cuomo and Black Voters — The Key to his Father’s Victory, Will They Help the Son?

27 Sep

By Wayne Barrett, Fri., Sep. 24 2010 @ 4:21PM

Categories: PoliticsWayne Barrett

Having set the national stage for the Carl Paladino roll-out yesterday, with CNN citing the Times as their reason for interviewing him, the paper did a nosedive today on the Siena and Marist polls that rebut the Quinnipiac numbers that were featured in a front page story the day before.

The Times barely mentions Siena and ignores Marist, though Marist’s 19-point lead for Cuomo is based on likelies, just like Quinnipiac. Polls are snapshots, but how does the Times explain featuring the out-of-focus one on A-1, and then refusing to balance it out with a full slideshow today?

One photo the Times did get right was the one on its inside page yesterday, an artful portrait of Cuomo addressing fenced-in reporters near City Hall. All we see are the outstretched hands of reporters bearing mikes, separated by iron links from the gesturing candidate. It captures the essence of the Cuomo error so far — too much staging and manipulation, too much calculation and distance.

Elinor Tatum captured a bit of the gap in an eloquent open letter in the Amsterdam Newstoday. Continue reading

Times Union: Amsterdam News asks Cuomo if he’s running

27 Sep

Elinor Tatum, the publisher and editor of The Amsterdam Newspublished this stern letter to the Cuomo campaign saying he has not reached out to the minority community, and hasn’t spoken to the state’s oldest African-American newspaper since 2002.

“You have remained silent. You have met with no one. And I mean no one,” Tatum wrote. “You have not spoken to us or any other media outlets, for that matter. You seem to think that you are the golden child who cannot be touched, but I am afraid, my friend, you may be sorely mistaken.”

Cuomo’s campaign has been subjected to criticism for not reaching out extensively deeply into the African-American community. The campaign began doing so last month, but has yet to publish the promised “Urban Agenda” volume of Cuomo: The Books. Continue reading

Capital Tonight on Elinor Tatum’s Editorial

24 Sep

Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Amsterdam News, (the nation’s oldest continuously published black newspaper), has given voice to a concern I’ve heard a lot of worried murmurs about in Democratic circles: That black voters won’t come out to vote for Andrew Cuomo.

In an open letter to the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Tatum warned the AG that he “cannot do this without the help of the Black community, and you will not get that help just for being a Cuomo.” Continue reading

Politico’s Maggie Haberman on Elinor Tatum’s editorial

24 Sep

Tatum warns Cuomo on the black vote

I wrote yesterday that some Democrats are expressing concerns about whether Andrew Cuomo’s running-to-govern strategy, and a sense that he’s not aware of how unhappy black voters are, could yield the same result that it did for Mark Green.

Now, Eleanor Tatum, publisher of the Amsterdam News, is giving Cuomo just that warning, finally laying public the frustrations that black officials have expressed privately with Team Cuomo – and saying the black vote shouldn’t be taken for granted. Continue reading