Republican challenger Rob Astorino says incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo "is like a mafia boss" as reported by Glenn Blain for the Daily News.
Astornio was commenting upon a New York Times investigation which disclosed Cuomo's office had muscled an anti-corruption panel to prevent it from investigating the Governor's campaign contributors or special interests:
Astorino used the mafia comparison to mock Cuomo's argument that his administration only gave "advice" the Moreland Commission and did not interfere with its investigations or take away any of its independence. "To suggest that he was suggesting to the commission members where they should go with an investigation is like a mafia boss coming forward and saying that he wants to make a suggestion, an offer you can't refuse," Astorino said "That clearly is intimidation and that’s what he and his staff did."
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's probably a duck.
Earlier this year Cuomo abruptly shut down the Moreland Commission which had been impaneled to investigate political corruption in the Empire State, and apparently from the beginning had "deeply compromised the panel's work, objecting whenever the commission focused on groups with ties to Mr. Cuomo or on issues that might reflect poorly on him" as reported by The New York Times. Federal prosecutors now "are investigating the roles of Mr. Cuomo and his aides in the panel's shutdown and are pursuing its unfinished business."