Liberals lost an inspiring orator, personality and tactician in politics with the death of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Many of the flood of eulogies, statements and tales of the long-serving governor reference his commitment to liberalism, especially when Ronald Reagan was pushing the limited-government agenda of the Right.
ACS was fortunate to have had Cuomo serve on its Board of Advisors and was saddened by news of his death.
Writing for The New York Times, Adam Nagourney noted Cuomo’s unwavering commitment to liberalism, which would lead to the New York governor becoming an “eloquent spokesman for liberal politics.” Cuomo took on Reagan’s “shinning city on a hill,” using high-profile opportunities to remind voters of inequalities in the nation that have continued to fester to this day.
President Obama issued a statement that described Cuomo as “a determined champion of progressive values, and unflinching voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, dignity, and opportunity.”
Some more thoughtful pieces on Cuomo’s life and work:
Observations from The Atlantic’s James Fallows, with links to some of the governor’s speeches
A piece for The Guardian by Walter Shapiro
Blake Zeff’s personal look for Salon
Los Angeles Times’ reporters Elaine Woo and Matt Pearce write that Cuomo “became one of the Democratic Party’s most forceful voices on the need to address economic inequality.”