11:44 am Mar. 14, 20132
Gov. Andrew Cuomo now has an antagonist in prime time.
MSNBC announced this morning that Chris Hayes, the proudly progressive host of a popular weekend show, will take over the network's 8 p.m. slot on weekdays.
Hayes has criticized Cuomo for undermining Democratic attempts to take back the State Senate, and urged his viewers to remember the actions of the "supposedly Democratic governor" when he comes to ask for their vote in the 2016 presidential primary.
That kind of criticism, it should be said, does not represent a prevailing view among MSNBC's (also liberal) prime time hosts, who have generally been much more sympathetic to Cuomo.
Cuomo recently sat for an interview with Rachel Maddow for Gotham magazine, which Maddow tweeted to her milion-plus followers.
Lawrence O'Donnell recently ran an extended segment on the courage of the Cuomo family, evidenced first by Mario's stance against the death penalty, and later by Andrew's recent push for new gun control laws. (Cuomo said he was "pleased" by the segment, especially the praise for his father.)
Al Sharpton has praised Cuomo at some crucial points, and Chris Matthews has said some nice things too, though he appears to be on the bandwagon for Hillary Clinton this time around.
Despite his early-morning hour, Hayes has developed a devoted following among young liberals, and the move to prime time will likely put his ratings more in line with the left-leaning network's other prime time hosts, led by Maddow, who draws about a million viewers per night.
Hayes replaced Ed Schultz, who will move to a weekend slot in the evenings.
CORRECTION: The original article referred in multiple instances to Chris Hughes instead of Chris Hayes. Chris Hughes is the Facebook co-founder and Obama adviser who is now the publisher of The New Republic.