Cuomo’s swipe at Weiner was a joke, office says

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared to condemn mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner he was only joking, his office says.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (AP Photo/Tim Roske, File) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (AP Photo/Tim Roske, File)

Cuomo told the Syracuse Post-Standard's editorial board on Thursday that it would be "shame on us" if New Yorkers elect Anthony Weiner as mayor. He was the first high-profile Democrat to come out strongly against Weiner's candidacy. But an administration official later told reporters that Cuomo's comment was "made in jest."

The newspaper's editorial board has said that readers can judge the comment for themselves.

The popular governor has repeatedly said that he plans to stay out of the mayoral race.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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