Democrat Governor Cuomo Hires MSNBC Republican Susan Del Percio

The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has hired Republican strategist and MSNBC contributor Susan Del Percio as a “special advisor to the governor, focusing on operations and special projects.”

At first glance, it might seem odd that a Democratic governor would hire a GOP strategist, but given Del Percio’s track record on the Lean Forward network, it’s really not that surprising. Del Percio is a classic MSNBC Republican – moderate, generally in agreement with her more liberal colleagues, and often willing -- at times eagerly -- to attack the more conservative members of her own party.

It was only last Saturday when Del Percio maligned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for still daring to criticize ObamaCare. Back in December, she joined weekend anchor Alex Witt in scolding Republicans for being a “roadblock” to President Obama's agenda. Last month, she didn’t even try to defend Arizon’s proposed religious freedom bill, calling it “outright discrimination.”

So Del Percio, despite her party label, might actually be a good fit in Andrew Cuomo’s administration.

Paul Bremmer
Paul Bremmer is a Media Research Center News Analysis Division intern.