Albany lampoons Gov. Cuomo’s bizarre political poster
ALBANY — Apparently, marijuana is now legal in New York.
Gov. Cuomo released a trippy, nautically-themed illustration Thursday, that he says depicts the state’s fantastic odyssey during his three-term reign.
The poster-sized image — which immediately became the subject of mockery online — was personally designed by the governor and includes such off-the-wall touches as an octopus labeled “Intolerance” and a rock stairway of accomplishments that for some reason leads to a sheer cliff.
Cuomo’s masterpiece centers around an old-timey drawing of a sailing ship (helpfully labeled “Ship of State” in case you didn’t get it) navigating stormy seas along with numerous labels on every element, from the “The Reefs of Greed” to a squid called “Government Incompetence.”
There’s even a rainbow that he called “The arc of the moral universe” and not one, but two arrows pointing the way — right into a “Perfect Storm”-sized tidal wave.
The governor capped it off by putting the words “New York State The Progressive Capital Leading the Way” as the title — which he modeled after 19th centry political posters.
The governor spent two months sketching the image as he worked on his annual State of the State speech, said his staff, which would not comment on the record.
Cuomo used his campaign account to hire a painter, Brooklyn artist Rusty Zimmerman, to complete the work.
The Governor quickly found out that art critics can be as stinging as political critics.
“The only bit of truth here is that NY may very well be under water in the not too distant future,” said Twitter user @LoveandMir.
“I’m assuming the NYC subway system is under the waves?” tweeted Helen Graves.
User @fritolaysia highlighted a scale in the image labeled “Justice” that for some reason has three arms and quipped “That’s not how scales work?”
Many responded to the image online with a meme that mockingly said “graphic design is my passion.”
Cuomo’s staff handed out the posters to Albany lawmakers on Wednesday and Thursday.
One Albany insider called the poster design “strange” and said Cuomo was trying to dredge up metaphors and symbols like his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.
“We’ve gone from the wagon trail to the ‘ship of state’,” the source chuckled, comparing Andrew’s poster to Mario’s famed 1984 keynote speech to the Democratic National Convention.
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