Cuomo satire video calls GOP the ‘Lollipop Guild’

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A satirical video from Democratic Gov. Andrew mocks state Republicans as the “Lollipop Guild” Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz.”

The 8-minute video titled “The Empire State Governor Strikes Back” was Cuomo’s contribution to Tuesday night’s Legislative Correspondents Association show in Albany.

Watch the full video below:

The video included a fake news show hosted by former Gov. David Paterson that featured a “behind-the-scenes” look at last month’s Republican state convention, where Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was nominated for governor. In the clip, the faces of Astorino and 2010 GOP candidate Carl Paladino were superimposed over the dancing Munchkins from the 1939 movie.

Polls give Cuomo a substantial lead over Astorino, and he is also way ahead in fundraising.

Cuomo also poked fun at the media and at himself, imagining a “Cuomo News Network” that he says is better than the real CNN. “It has more viewers and it’s more important!” he says. Cuomo’s younger brother, Chris, is a news anchor for CNN.

Astorino contributed his own satirical video in which he mocks his squeaky clean image with a skit that had him pretending to smoke marijuana and argue with his wife.

Both candidates were frequent targets at the correspondents association show, an annual fixture in Albany in which Statehouse reporters present skits skewering the officials they cover. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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