Hard to believe a thug appointed by a thug would act like a thug.
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.
The letter warned voters that the party would be keeping tabs on who goes to the polls on Tuesday.
“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.
“We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”
It ends with the ominous line: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”
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.”
Cuomo, meanwhile, is apparently living in a state of delusion.
Gov. Cuomo’s new autobiography, his recently announced plans to travel to China, Italy and Israel, and his campaign vow to serve a full four-year term if re-elected are the early stages of a well- thought-out, under-the-radar strategy for him to run for president in 2020, not 2016, The Post has learned.
It’s a six-year strategy based on the ironic assumption that Hillary Rodham Clinton, the all-but-certain Democratic candidate for president in 2016, is defeated by the Republican candidate that year, whoever it turns out to be, Democratic Party insiders said.
Cuomo, who has privately ruled out challenging Clinton because he knows he can’t beat her, is “focused on the possibility that Hillary could easily lose the election and what that means for his political future,’’ said a top Democratic official with longstanding ties to the governor.
“If Hillary does go down and a Republican wins — and that could certainly happen after eight years of Obama — then the Democratic field will be cleared for 2020 and Andrew can make his move,’’ the official said.
“But if Hillary wins in 2016, Cuomo knows he can forget about a presidential run because Hillary will run for re-election in 2020 and nobody could stop her from that, leaving his only next chance in 2024.”
With a near-certain GOP wave coming Tuesday Cuomo should first worry about his current re-election.