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Andrew Cuomo’s heel could never fill his dad’s shoes: Goodwin

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Watching Andrew Cuomo’s resignation speech Tuesday, it was impossible not to wonder what his father, Gov. Mario Cuomo, would have thought.

Mario was difficult and argumentative but smart and honorable. He was elected three times before losing in 1994 to George Pataki.

Mario died on New Year’s Day in 2015, as Andrew was being inaugurated for his second term in the same office. Now the family business comes to a crashing end because the second generation could not match the integrity of the first.

In his eulogy for his father, Andrew said Mario “was humbled to be in public service and had disdain for those who demeaned it, with scandals or corruption, or cheap public relation stunts.”

Yet here is that same son, demeaning public service with scandals and corruption and one dirty trick after another.

Later in the eulogy, Andrew said, “I loved winning the Governorship more for him than for myself. It was redemption for my father. Cuomo was elected governor — the first name was not all that relevant.”

Ah, it turns out the first name is not only relevant, it makes all the difference in the world. This apple fell very, very far from the tree.

Andrew Cuomo had his father’s pile-driving voice and an even greater ambition. He wanted to be president, but threw in the towel rather than face certain impeachment, falling short of his father’s record in office by 16 months.

He fancied himself a tough street fighter and brilliant tactician, but in the end surrendered like Richard Nixon. Cuomo, in an echo of the disgraced former president, found himself alone, abandoned even by his own party. He resigned rather than become the first governor to be impeached, convicted and removed in........

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