By Greg Palast for Reader Supported NewsÂ
I knew Mario Cuomo well. Too well.
I helped write talking points for speeches that got him elected Governor and grieved that he did not become President.
But there was another Cuomo, the one that tried to stop the US publication of my book,Â The Best Democracy Money Can Buy;Â the Mario Cuomo who went to court to try to put theÂ Palast InvestigativeÂ team out of business while we worked to expose the Bush Family election heist and the con job leading to war.
I just read the glowingÂ New York TimesÂ obit.Â Even in death, Cuomo has pulled off one last con. Â Â The TimesÂ lauds his single stellar accomplishment as Governor:Â Â â€œHe closed the Shoreham nuclear plant on Long Island,â€Â New York.
No, he didnâ€™t.Â As usual with Mario, he gave a great speechâ€”and won election by calling for the nuclear plantâ€™s closure.Â But behind the scenes, the other Mario, the back-room wheeler-dealer, the toady to the bankers and power industry magnates, moved heaven and earth to stand in the way of the courageous statesmen and activists who actually closed this dangerous, radioactive monstrosity.
On July 2, 1985, the New York State Legislature was about to pass the historic law authorizing the public takeover of the out-of-control private company that owned Shoreham. Near midnight, one of Cuomoâ€™s stooges …more