Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo passed away of heart failure. He was 82.
Cuomo was elected Governor of New York in 1982 after defeating New York City Mayor Ed Koch in the Democratic primary. He would be re-elected in 1986 and 1990 before losing office to George Pataki in the Republican Revolution of 1994.
Cuomo was arguably American liberalism’s strongest spokesmen in the 1980’s. In 1984, Cuomo would come to national prominence when he gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.
Although Cuomo was considered the frontrunner in the Democratic primaries in both 1988 and 1992, but declined to run. American political history might have been very different had Cuomo run in either of those elections. Cuomo certainly would have been more formidable opponent for George H.W. Bush than Michael Dukakis.
His son, Andrew Cuomo, just got sworn in today to his second term as Governor of New York. However, it seems to me that the younger Cuomo lacks his father’s eloquence.
Prior to his legal and political career, Cuomo played professional baseball signing a contract as an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1952 and played one season with the Brunswick Pirates in the Class D Georgia-Florida League. However, his career came to a premature end when he got beaned.