ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A new memoir by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lays out his philosophy on politics but steers clear of his national ambitions or allegations that he meddled with an anti-corruption commission, according to two publications that got a sneak peak at the book.
The 517-page tome, titled “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life,’ is being published by HarperCollins and goes on sale Tuesday. The book’s arrival comes three weeks before Cuomo faces voters in a re-election bid. The Democratic governor also is believed to harbor presidential ambitions.
The Wall Street Journal obtained an advance copy and reports that Cuomo uses the book to tout his accomplishments as a “progressive reformer” who accomplished liberal goals like same-sex marriage and gun control while taking a more conservative approach to economic issues.
“Progressives must now demonstrate that we can do what we preach; that we can deliver the product we presold,” Cuomo writes.
According to The New York Times, the “largely positive” memoir delves into the personal, too, detailing Cuomo’s despair following his failed 2002 gubernatorial bid.
Cuomo writes that he learned about his divorce from Kerry Kennedy from a reporter — though the Journal reports that only two pages of the memoir are devoted to the 2003 breakup of his marriage.
Cuomo also discusses his relationship with his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, who “never mentioned that he had any particular confidence in my political acumen.”
“Expressing feelings and pride in their children,” Cuomo wrote, “was not something the men of his generation did.”
Astorino has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, and penning a book seems to have become a prerequisite for White House bids. President Barack Obama, for example, wrote two books before being elected. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who ran in 2008 and might run again in 2016, has written five books. Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Ron Paul were among the 2012 hopefuls to author books.
Cuomo first faces Republican Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott in the Nov. 4 election for governor.
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