New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Takes Shot At Socialists

Joe Simonson | Media Reporter

In his first press conference since his primary victory, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed the rise of self-identified socialists running for office throughout the state Friday afternoon.

“I’m not a socialist. I’m not 25 years old,” Cuomo told reporters at a press conference, in reference to progressively liberal Democrats who recently won their own respective primary battles.

In the last three months, members of New York’s Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) chapter have outed establishment Democrats in heavily covered primary races. (RELATED:  Nixon’s Attempt At An Upset Victory Crushed As Cuomo Clinches Primary Win In New York)

The first woman to begin the trend, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, beat incumbent New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in an upset that shook New York’s Democratic establishment.

Julia Salazar, another DSA member, won her state Senate election Thursday and unseated a 16-year incumbent.

During her race against Cuomo, Nixon told Politico in July that she had also began considering herself as a socialist because of her belief that mainstream Democrats were too moderate.

But none of these developments seemed to bother Cuomo on Friday, who alluded to Ocasio-Cortez’s victory by saying “the congressional primaries were a fluke.”

“You think you’re a wave? You’re not even a ripple!” Cuomo said of his critics.

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