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Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Both Democratic leaders faced very similar problems, during very difficult times. Each of us must come to our own conclusions on their results from their performance and the promises they made good on. As citizens we should expect those candidates we place into office to do what they promise to do. Both men have spoken very clearly about their intentions and both have a record from which to be judged. Both made it clear that the job was immense, but both told us they were up to the task. President Obama went on the NBC Today Show shortly after he took office and said "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."

Over the past 18 months, in my opinion Governor Cuomo has lived up to his promise to revitalize the state’s economy to create jobs and restore New York’s reputation as a world-class place to do business. He did so by thoroughly redesigning the state’s economic development strategies, presenting and passing a budget on time and adopting an entrepreneurial model of government. He made it clear that the state and the private sector must work collaboratively toward a shared goal and most importantly he led the way without placing blame or making excuses. Everything hasn’t gone his way but he’s removed the ranker in Albany and they are working together and making things happen. It’s called leadership.

Mr. Obama, I think you need to realize, you have not met your own vision of accomplishment and you would be wise to follow your own instincts by making this a one term proposition exactly as you stated, by allowing someone like Governor Cuomo or Secretary Clinton to step forward and carry your party’s torch in this election. Who is best served by another Obama term, Mr. Obama or the country? Three and half years has been enough time for me to see we can not afford four more years.

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs.com

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