Cuomos death marks the passing of a liberal lion

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — With former Gov. Mario Cuomo’s death, liberals have lost one of their last, best champions, a proud populist who represented an older breed of Democrat.During his three terms as governor, the former minor league baseball player from Queens championed the working class, reproached Ronald Reagan and flirted — repeatedly — with a run for the White House. In his 1984 address at the Democratic National Convention, he talked of a nation of haves and have-nots, of a yawning disconnect between rich and poor largely ignored by Reagan.“A shining city is perhaps all the president sees from the portico of the White House and the veranda of his ranch, where everyone seems to be doing well,” he said. “Mr. President, you ought to know that this nation is more ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ than it is just a ‘Shining City on a Hill.”‘The 82-year-old Cuomo died Thursday at his home in Manhattan of natural causes from heart failure just hours after his son Andrew began his second term as New York’s chief executive. Services are planned for Tuesday morning at a Manhattan church.Mario Cuomo’s progressive legacy is reflected today by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose own 2013 campaign kickoff speech recycled the “Tale of Two Cities” image.last_img read more