Gov. Andrew Cuomo teamed up on Tuesday with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi to call for the defeat of New York’s eight Republican members of Congress in 2018.
They told hundreds of union members at a rally that New Yorkers can play a key role in returning the House to Democratic control.
Mr. Cuomo, in his first foray into national politics, claimed that Chris Collins, Dan Donovan, John Faso, Peter King, Tom Reed, Elise Stefanik, Claudia Tenney and Lee Zeldin were “political pawns of the ultra-conservative puppet masters.”
While it’s not uncommon for Democrats to criticize Republicans, Mr. Cuomo’s remarks come amid speculation he is seeking the White House in 2020. He is deeply unpopular upstate, losing in 2014 42 out of 50 counties there. Tuesday’s rally — in heavily Democratic Manhattan, before a union crowd — suggests he is catering to a national audience.
Republicans dismissed the governor as being focused on 2020.
“Top aides arrested, signature initiatives plagued by corruption, widening scandals at every turn,” said Chris Martin, a National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman. “But Andrew Cuomo sees a perfect opportunity to campaign for Democratic House candidates — baggage in tow.”