Now, Andrew Cuomo wants a unified Democratic Party

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On a conference call with elected officials last night, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted the state Democratic Party to be "tighter" and for supporters of his gun-control legislation to pass resolutions expressing their support for the bill, because opponents are "organized" and vocal.

Cuomo also noted that there should be a "unified" message from Democrats at all levels of government, which usually happens during a presidential election.

Cuomo, of course, kept a careful distance from Barack Obama for much of last year's election, particularly when Obama's prospects looked most uncertain, and his actions have been instrumental in keeping Democrats from taking over the State Senate

That was back when Cuomo's political imperative was to appear above partisan politics. 

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Last night's comments come in the context of a shift to the left, back toward the party whose support he'll need in 2016.

Here are some of Cuomo's remarks from the call:

"I want to work more to get the Democratic Party tighter in this state, especially among elected officials. The governmental agenda turns into the campaign message, right? To the extent that we can have a unified agenda and a unified message, that helps all of us and it helps the party. It happens naturally during a presidential year, because the president starts the message from on top and it trickles down, pardon the use of the words.

"But even when there is not a presidential election, we should have a unified agenda, we do have a unified agenda and then we all push at the same time. And that will help governmentally and that will help politically. And the best politics is the best government. The best government is the best politics. And that is something I really want to spend some time on, getting tighter than we now do it. We should be more unified in terms of the governmental agenda and this is the first start at that."

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