A commenter made an excellent point about Carl Paladino, the GOP candidate for governor of New York. To quote:
#1: He (Paladino) has a vested interest in the success of this state. If the state succeeds, so does his business. That makes a good candidate.
#2: He has proven himself to be able to handle money properly. Cuomo has taken part in squandering of billions of our dollars, on top of being partly responsible for the housing crisis.
#3: He is using his business sense to launch his platform--proposing extreme ideas with the knowledge that they will not be implemented in their extreme form, rather they will be implemented somewhere in the middle. Just like negotiations should be. Cuomo will use the same old tactics of three men in a room. Same old corruption.
(SJ would differ here, using eminent domain on the ground zero mosque is a good idea.)
#4: He has a vested interest in lower taxes. As a business owner, you would rather not have to worry about tax breaks--lower taxes means it's easier to run your business, and easier for people to do business with you.
#5: He is from upstate, and knows and cares about the needs of upstate. He also has a running mate from downstate, which shows me that he is trying to INCLUDE the ENTIRE state in his governorship, rather than just one side. If Cuomo is elected, he will do the same as his father and every other governor and focus on their home area---down state.
(SJ would disagree with point five, Cuomo would care about upstate and downstate New York and ruin it all. SJ isn't particularly interested in catering to any particular sector of NY just in who is good for NY in general and who isn't.)
Now, try to use the same intelligence when telling me why cuomo is a good candidate.
And perhaps you could address the nursing home that he ignored, the housing crisis, the bigoted campaign slogans he created for his father, the fact that he allowed the state to rent private office space instead of using state owned buildings.