Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro sent a letter to Stephen Carlisle, president of the Cadillac Division of General Motors, calling on him to return a $1 million state grant that was used to spruce up the company's office space in lower Manhattan.
Molinaro charges the $1 million grant was political payback for $31,500 in campaign donations that were given to Governor Andrew Cuomo by a General Motors political action committee.
“I am a great admirer of Cadillac, and I don’t mean to put you on the spot,” Molinaro wrote, but...“the PAC donates $31,500 to Mr. Cuomo; Mr. Cuomo gives Cadillac a million tax dollars it doesn’t need. That doesn’t pass the smell test. Not in my book.”
Molinaro agues that $1 million is a paltry amount for the luxury automaker, but the sum would mean a great deal to the taxpayers of New York State.
We aren't holding our breath on a refund.
Speaking of $1 million, that's about how much money Cynthia Nixon has raised in her own challenge to Cuomo in the Democratic Primary. The money came from 20,000 donors, 90 percent of which gave less than $100.
The bad news is that Cuomo is sitting on over $30 million in campaign funds, a figure that is expected to grow.
This comes on the heels of a new Siena College poll that shows Nixon trailing Cuomo by 35 points, but both Nixon and Cuomo would beat Molinaro in a general election matchup.
But there might be another person on the ballot come November to complicate things.
Former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner is looking to get into the race, but not as a Democrat. Instead, she would gather signatures to get on the ballot on a party line she will create, according to people familiar with her thinking.
That means that even if Nixon loses in the primary but remains on the ballot on the Working Families Party line, there would be three “Democrats” in the same race, along with a Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, which would be good news for Molinaro, as they would split the left-leaning vote.
Who knew being governor of New York was such a popular job?