Andrew Cuomo Is Political Toast

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Cuomo (Photo: Getty Images) Andrew Cuomo, New York State Attorney General, is on the warpath these days—and he is destroying his future in the process, big time. This is something of a surprise, coming from the most ambitious boy in New York politics! Last week, he got Citigroup and Merrill Lynch and UBS to offer ... okay, let's back way the heck up.

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