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Letters Threatening Voters Were Written By Cuomo Associate

Last week we reported on a letter that was sent out to over a million Democrat voters that not only shames party members into voting, but includes veiled threats that they better get out there … or else.

The letter states that “we will be reviewing” your “official voting records,” and ends with a rather sinister proclamation that “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”

Fred Dicker at the New York Post reports that the letter was authored by Neal Kwatra, a Cuomo appointee.

Via the New York Post:

The menacing letter sent out to a million New York Democrats to bully them into voting was written by a top campaign strategist who was appointed by Gov. Cuomo himself, sources told The Post.

The revelation comes as a “circular firing squad” of finger-pointing has erupted over who is responsible for the letter, which was sent out last week by the New York State Democratic Committee and caused “panic” in the Cuomo camp, sources said.

Neal Kwatra, appointed by Cuomo to be the state Democratic Party’s chief campaign strategist, was identified by two key Democratic insiders as the “author” of the mailer.

“It was the brainchild of Neal Kwatra,” said one of the insiders. “He wrote the letter and sent it out, and now other Cuomo people are trying to distance themselves from it.”

Kwatra wasn’t simply hired as a strategist for the Democrat Party in general New York state elections, but according to a Daily News article last April, he was brought in to aid Cuomo’s national image by giving him “a commanding victory in November.”

Another Daily News report indicates that while he will be paid by the state Democrat party, Kwatra “in reality” will “mostly be helping Cuomo with his campaign.”

Perhaps part of that strategy for a ‘commanding victory’ for Cuomo is what led to the menacing letters being issued.

Kwatra joined the campaign just as Joseph Percoco was being named Cuomo’s official campaign manager.

You may recall on this site, that Percoco was behind the statements and intimidating letters that were sent to members of the now defunct Moreland Commission.  Those statements were all made in support of Cuomo, but were so well orchestrated that U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, issued an ominous letter to Cuomo suggesting members of his administration could be charged with witness tampering or obstruction of justice.

In August, the New York Times reported that the coordinated defense of Cuomo was a direct result of phone calls from the Governor and his administration trying to “persuade” committee members to alter their recollections of any interference.

With that, it comes as little surprise that the Democrat campaign committee would continue issuing threats and intimidating voters – even from their own party.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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