Well the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out.
Dear Dr. Ads,
There I was, minding my own business and reading yesterday’s New York Times when I came across this story by Nicholas Fandos and Katie Glueck.
Cuomo Portrays Himself as a Victim in a Six-Figure TV Ad Blitz
Cut off from power, longtime friends and a political platform, former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has struggled for months to salvage a reputation that was all but destroyed when he resigned amid a slew of sexual harassment allegations.
On Monday, Mr. Cuomo tried a new approach: spending his way out of the political wilderness.
According to AdImpact, an ad tracking firm, Mr. Cuomo’s still-active campaign account began spending $369,000 to air a television advertisement across the state — a media blitz designed not to support or attack a political candidate or even to apologize to New Yorkers, but to brazenly recast himself as the victim of politically motivated “attacks.”
Really? He’s the victim? Whaddaya think, Doc – is this guy delusional or what?
– Litigious James
Yeah, I’d put delusional pretty much at the top of my bingo card.
The Times piece says the 30-second spot “splices together recent news snippets in an attempt to misleadingly convince New Yorkers that the entire misconduct case assembled by the state attorney general, Letitia James, against Mr. Cuomo had crumbled since he left office in August.”
See for yourself.
Not surprisingly, Cuomo’s rehab effort has gone over like the metric system. A big part of the backlash can be traced to one simple fact: The ad’s argument is dismissible out of hand, as multiple news organizations have noted.
Point #1: Far from clearing him, several prosecutors, while declining to bring criminal charges, found the allegations of Cuomo’s harassment and groping “credible.”
Point #2: The New York State Assembly, which conducted its own investigation, reported that “Former Governor Cuomo engaged in multiple instances of sexual harassment, including by creating a hostile work environment and engaging in sexual misconduct.” In fact, the lawmakers were on the verge of impeaching Cuomo when he resigned.
As for the other parties involved in bringing the pain to Cuomo, we’ll let this statement by a spokeswoman for Attorney General Letitia James, who investigated the charges against Cuomo at his request, speak for them all.
“The only thing Andrew Cuomo has proven himself to be is a serial sexual harasser and a threat to women in the workplace — no TV ad can change that. “It’s shameful that after multiple investigations found Cuomo’s victims to be credible, he continues to attack their accounts rather than take responsibility for his own actions.”
Cuomo still has $16.4 million in his campaign war chest, but even that might not be enough to renovate his image, given a recent public opinion poll cited in the Times piece.
A Siena College poll released last week showed that 80 percent of registered voters think Mr. Cuomo was right to resign, and 58 percent believe the allegations that he sexually harassed multiple aides. Only 25 percent of voters said that he had been vindicated by the disclosures that Mr. Cuomo’s lawyers have used to try to undermine several of his accusers.
Eight in ten voters say “good riddance”? The Doc’s prescription is, find another line of work.