ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — In a stunning development in the New York state gubernatorial race, Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has rejected his party’s own nominee to back Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo for reelection.
As CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported Wednesday, Mangano is the top dog Republican in New York State’s wealthiest county, but decided to cross party lines to back Cuomo over Republican Rob Astorino.
In a new television campaign ad that debuted Tuesday, Mangano praises Cuomo for his shoulder to shoulder work in helping Long Island recover from Superstorm Sandy and then declares, “I’m a Republican and I’m voting for Gov. Cuomo.”
The endorsement is seen as a blow to Astorino’s campaign, although he is quoted in Newsday as saying he “doesn’t care about endorsements,” WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported. The endorsement was also a big boost for Cuomo, but the big question was whether Mangano’s defection will influence voters.