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Cuomo, Joining Pelosi On Stage, Promises To Flip New York State House Seats

Cuomo and Pelosi, at a rally in 2016.
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Cuomo and Pelosi, at a rally in 2016. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In another sign that FDR's old car is about to go on a state-by-state barnstorming journey, Andrew Cuomo appeared at a rally with Nancy Pelosi last night and vowed to flip a number of Republican-held House seats in the 2018 election.

Speaking at a rally to kick off the New York Fights Back campaign at the Jacob Javits Center, Cuomo told the attendees that he was charging "Congressmen Faso and Collins with violating their office to represent the people of the State of New York," and said that "we promise you, if you violate your office, you defraud the voters, you hurt the people of this state, we will remove you from office," according to Politico.

"New York will be on the front lines of our fight to restore sanity to Washington," Pelosi told the crowd according to amNewYork.

Both John Faso and Chris Collins voted in favor of Trump's American Health Care Act when it came up for a vote, though Collins later took heat for appearing on CNN and admitting that he didn't read the full text of the bill before he voted for it. Collins and Faso were also instrumental in getting the state's Republican House delegation to vote for the bill by negotiating language into it that would allow counties in New York State to pass their Medicaid payments back to the state, a tactic that was derisively referred to as "The Buffalo Bribe."

Beyond Faso and Collins, New York Fights Back also plans to raise money for candidates running against Representatives Lee Zeldin, Elise Stefanik, Claudia Tenney, and Tom Reed. The News pointed out that Staten Island Representative Dan Donovan, who voted against the AHCA, won't be targeted by the group.

Cuomo's well-publicized vow to assist national Democrats with taking back a number of House seats in the state is somewhat out of character for a governor who's been lukewarm at best at the prospect of winning Democratic control of every branch of government on the state level. Cuomo's efforts to flip the State Senate in 2014 were described as "underwhelming," and his late-in-the-game endorsements in the 2016 State Senate races were also criticized by Democratic activists. Recently, Cuomo suggested it would be "optimal" if Democrats controlled the State Senate, weeks after saying that it "wasn't successful" the last time Democrats controlled the Assembly, State Senate and governor's mansion.

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