NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Bill Clinton is throwing his political weight behind New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election.
“He has made this a more progressive, more fair, more forward-looking state, and it’s turned out to be good for the economy,” Clinton said at the Manhattan headquarters of 1199 SEIU, the powerful health care workers union.
The former president also spoke out in support Thursday of the causes Cuomo espouses, including a higher minimum wage and pre-school programs.
Clinton said that Cuomo is running against Republican Westchester County executive Rob Astorino, whom he accused of being “the last gasp of trickle-down economics.”
He called Astorino an “ultra-conservative” who wants to repeal the state’s strict gun control laws, overturn abortion protections and reverse the law allowing same-sex marriage in the state.