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The New York Times won't endorse Andrew Cuomo: 'He broke his most important promise'

The New York Times will not be endorsing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in his re-election bid, at least not in the Democratic primary.

The paper's beef is that Cuomo, who came to power pledging to stamp out corruption in Albany, has hardly lived up to his billing. As the Times reported last month, Cuomo established a big commission to investigate corruption in government, only to have his own administration hinder the group's work before he disbanded it for good.

Mr. Cuomo became governor on that platform and recorded several impressive achievements, but he failed to perform Job 1. The state government remains as subservient to big money as ever, and Mr. Cuomo resisted and even shut down opportunities to fix it. Because he broke his most important promise, we have decided not to make an endorsement for the Democratic primary on Sept. 9. [The New York Times]

Despite the negative headlines, Cuomo's massive general election lead remains unchanged.