During Charlotte Fly By, Cuomo Offers Blunt Criticism of GOP

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his most blunt criticism of President Barack Obama’s Republican opponents yet — calling this a “gut-check election” with “stark choices.”  

The governor spoke to New York delegates for about 20 minutes at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, criticizing GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan – taking the Wisconsin Congressmen to task over his controversial budget plan that would overhaul Medicare and other social services.

“The Ryan budget is a paint-by-numbers picture of the America they want to bring to us,” Cuomo said. “And that picture is a foreign picture to me.”

Last month, Cuomo declined to make digs at Ryan, telling reporters that he’ll “leave it to the Republicans to do their politics.”

Cuomo has consistently stayed out of the national spotlight, a stark contrast to former Governor Mario Cuomo’s speech in 1984. In 2008, as Attorney General of New York, Cuomo hosted an A-list party at the DNC in Denver.

But this year, the governor will spend just a few hours in Charlotte and keep his strategy to focus on New York.

He was mum on the sexual harassment scandal rocking Albany in which Assemblyman Vito Lopez, amid increasing calls for him to resign, faces sexual harassment allegations.