2:34 pm Jul. 26, 2012
In a new television ad, the first achievement touted by Republican State Senator Greg Ball—who ran in 2010 as a Tea Party conservative—is his work with Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo.
"Greg Ball works for Westchester, it's why he partnered with Governor Cuomo to close a $13 billion deficit by cutting spending," says the ad's voiceover, which also mentions the property tax cap, and the repeal of the MTA payroll tax.
The point was underscored in the press release too, which describes the spot as "a new positive ad that focuses on Greg's accomplishments, working with Governor Cuomo in an effective, bipartisan way."
Bipartisanship was not a clarion call for the Tea Party in 2010, and Ball himself backed the proudly uncompromising Carl Paladino over the establishment favorite Rick Lazio in the Republican primary.
But, this year, Cuomo's overwhelming popularity has something to offer Republicans too.
In yesterday's Quinnipiac poll, 69 percent of Republicans said they approved of Cuomo's job as governor. And Republicans were the one demographic Cuomo carried when asked whether he would make a better president than Hillary Clinton. (They preferred him 47 percent to 37 percent; Democrats favored Hillary 67 percent to 21 percent.)
Cuomo has resisted calls from Democrats in the state senate to back their push to reclaim the chamber, suggesting instead that he'll make selected endorsements regardless of party affiliation.