Cuomo Administration Official Claims Weiner Remark ‘Made In Jest’

Unnamed allies of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo now claim a statement he made saying it would be a “shame” if voters elected Anthony Weiner mayor of New York was a joke. Cuomo made the remark in an editorial board meeting with the Syracuse Media Group and Post-Standard Thursday, but a source identified as “a Cuomo administration official who did not want to be named” told Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah, “the comment was made in jest.”  

“As the governor has said many times he has no plans to endorse in this year’s mayoral election,” the unnamed official added.

Paybarah also reached out to Marie Morelli, the “Editorial / Opinion Leader” of Syracuse Media. She said the comment was “in context” and readers could judge for themselves. Morelli declined to provide audio of the meeting. 

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