Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

To Fend off Carl Paladino in New York, Andrew Cuomo Gets Angry

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

To Fend off Carl Paladino in New York, Andrew Cuomo Gets Angry

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A recent poll showed Republican Carl Paladino narrowing the gap on Democrat Andrew Cuomo in the New York gubernatorial race. Cuomo has responded by showing his angry side.

Maybe New York State needs a new line on the ballot: the Anger Party.

The first angry candidate was Carl Paladino, the Buffalo businessman who won the Republican primary last week by vowing to shake up Albany with a baseball bat once he's in the governor's mansion.

Now, his democratic opponent, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he's mad about the way things get done in the state capital as well. And, he was endorsed on Wednesday by another red-faced man - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who observes that the public is frustrated about the partisanship that has taken over the country "from ocean to ocean, border to border."

Indeed, political pollster John Zogby of Zogby International in Utica, N.Y., says the mood in the country is "down with whoever is up."

He says the voters "are disillusioned, they want change and they want to know how they get it and who is there to help them."

In the past, voters have often said they are unhappy as well. But, this time the job market has been soft for so long, the economy is playing a much greater role in the election than in a typical cycle, says Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

"It creates a lot of political disturbance," says Mr. Miringoff.

How is that playing out in races around the country?

Zogby says he just finished a Florida poll in which an unusually high 26 percent of respondents said neither party is suited to govern.

But, Zogby says it's hard to know where the voters' anger will lead. For example, in California, where "a billionaire outsider," Republican Meg Whitman, is running against Democrat Jerry Brown, the attorney general and former governor, recent polls show Mr. …

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