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Azi Paybarah

The Department of Differing Talking Points

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is going to be in Nassau County today, speaking about capping property tax growth at two percent or the rate of inflation.

Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio is sending out a statement about the Cordoba mosque.

The timing of Lazio's statement today, challenging Cuomo to "debate" the mosque issue, is an attempt to put Cuomo on the defensive while he's in Nassau County, among home-owners who, presumably, don't support the plan.

But Cuomo talking about property tax caps seems to be hitting closer to what voters are basing their decisions on this November. The state's fiscal situation is, horrible at the moment with no budget, lay-off talks and a possible $1 billion gap about to open up.

Lazio's agenda today, according to some (okay, most) pundits and talking-head types, is about rallying his base of conservative-leaning voters, either as a wedge against Cuomo (who supports the proposal) or against Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino. He opposes the plan, has lots more money than Lazio, and is threatening to overtake him in the gubernatorial primary by yelling and playing up to voters' anger about all things political.

Bill Hammond touches on this point this morning, saying Paladino is turning the "complicated" mosque issue into a "cheap talking point."

And for clarity, Clyde Haberman doesn't think we should even be calling it a mosque.