Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Tuesday took issue with his top campaign consultant comparing Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos to a “prison punk.”
In a radio interview, Astorino spoke against the analogy used by Bill O’Reilly, his long-time political adviser. (Not the television host.) In a tweet Monday, O’Reilly compared Skelos to a “prison punk” in referencing a statement from Skelos complimenting Cuomo on the state’s credit-rating upgrade.
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“No. Wrong analogy,” Astorino said when asked about O’Reilly’s tweet. “Shouldn’t have been used. Wish he didn’t do that, but he did.”
On Monday, Moody’s Investor Service upgraded the state’s bond rating from Aa2 to Aa1, the second-highest rating available from the credit-rating agency. The state’s rating now matches Westchester’s Moody’s rating, which was downgraded to Aa1 late last year.
The relationship between Skelos and Cuomo is one being closely watched in political circles. Both have been complimentary of each other and touted their working relationship, but Cuomo announced earlier last month that he’d seek to tip the Senate fully into Democratic hands.
Astorino said the rating bump shouldn’t be celebrated. Cuomo’s office celebrated with a cake after the change was announced.
“Having said that, nobody should be celebrating inside the granite walls of the Capitol,” Astorino said. “People in New York are hurting.”
(AP photo/Mike Groll)