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ALL THINGS POSSIBLE: Set Backs And Success In Politics And Life

by Chris Chichester on 03/19/18

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul: Governor Cuomo my name is Kathy Hochul.  May I speak with you?

Governor Andrew Cuomo: You're one of Jack Crawford's aren't you?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: I am. Yes.

Gov. Cuomo: May I see your credentials? 

Lt. Gov. Hochul: Certainly.

Gov. Cuomo: 
Closer, please. Closer. That expires in one week. You're not real F.B.I. Are you?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: I'm still in training at the academy. 

Gov. Cuomo:  Jack Crawford sent a trainee to me?

Lt. Gov. Hochul:  Yes, I'm a student. I'm here to learn from you. Maybe you can decide for yourself whether or not I'm qualified enough to do that. 

Gov. Cuomo:  That is rather slippery of you Lieutenant Governor Hochul. Sit please. Now then. Tell me. What did de Blasio say to you? Multiple de Blasio in the next cell.  He hissed at you. What did he say?

Lt. Gov. Hochul:
  He said: "I can smell your cunt."

Gov. Cuomo: 
I see. I myself cannot.  You use Evyan Skin Cream. And sometimes you wear L'Air du Temps. But not today.

Lt. Gov. Hochul: Did you do all these drawings, governor?

Gov. Cuomo: That is the Duomo scene from the Belvedere. Do you know Florence?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: All that detail just from memory, governor?

Gov. Cuomo: Memory, Lieutenant Governor Hochul, is what I have instead of a view.

Lt. Gov. Hochul: Well, perhaps you'd care to lend us your view on this questionnaire, governor.

Gov. Cuomo: Oh, no, no, no, no. You were doing fine. You had been courteous and receptive to courtesy. You had established trust with the embarrassing truth about de Blasio. And now this ham-handed segue into your questionnaire. It won't do. 

Lt. Gov. Hochul: I'm only asking you to look at this, governor. Either you will or you won't.

Gov. Cuomo: Yeah, Jack Crawford must be very busy indeed if he's recruiting help from the student body.  Busy hunting that new one: Eliot Spitzer.  What a naughty boy he is. Do you know why he's called The Fucking Steamroller?  Please tell me. The newspapers won't say. 

Lt. Gov. Hochul: It started as a bad joke in New York City Homicide. They said: This one likes to skin his humps. 

Gov. Cuomo: Why do you think he removes their skins, Lieutenant Governor Hochul? Thrill me with our acumen. 

Lt. Gov. Hochul:
 It excites him. Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.

Gov. Cuomo: I didn't.

Lt. Gov. Hochul: No, no. You ate yours.

Gov. Cuomo:
 You send that through now? Now, Lieutenant Governor Hochul you think you can dissect me with this blunt little tool?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: No, I thought that your knowledge . . .

Gov. Cuomo: You're so ambitious. Aren't you? Do you know what you look like to me with your good bag and your cheap shoes?  You look like a rube. A well-scrubbed hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition's given you some length of bone. But you're not more than one generation from poor white trash. Are you, Lieutenant Governor Hochul?  And that accent you've tried so desperately to shed. Pure western New York.  What is your father dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? How quickly the boys found you.  All those tedious, sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars, while you could only dream of getting out. Getting any where. Getting all the way to the New York State Capitol.

Lt. Gov. Hochul: You see a lot, governor. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself?  Why don't you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you're afraid to. 

Gov. Cuomo: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. You fly back to school now, little Hochul.  Fly, fly, fly. Fly, fly. fly.

Lt. Gov. Hochul:  I'm offering you a psychological profile of Carl Heastie based on the case evidence. I'll help you catch him. 

Gov. Cuomo: Advancement. Listen carefully. Look deep within yourself, Kathy Hochul. Go seek out Elizabeth McCaughey, an old patient of mine. What is your worst memory of childhood?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: The death of my father.

Gov. Cuomo: Tell me about it. And don't lie. Or I'll know.

Lt. Gov. Hochul: He was a town marshal. One night he surprised two burglars coming out the back of a drug store.  They shot him.

Gov. Cuomo: 
Was he killed outright?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: No. He was very strong. He lasted more than a month. My mother died when I was very young. My father had become my whole world to me, and when he left, I had nothing. I was ten years old.

Gov. Cuomo: You're very frank Kathy. I think it would be quite something to know you in private life. 

Lt. Gov. Hochul: Quid pro quo, governor.

Gov. Cuomo: After your father's murder you were orphaned. What happened next? I don't imagine the answer is on those second-rate shoes, Kathy.

Lt. Gov. Hochul: I lived with my mother's cousin and her husband in Fredonia. They had a ranch.

Gov. Cuomo: Was it a cattle ranch? Sheep and horses? How long did you live there?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: Two months.   I ran away.

Gov. Cuomo: Why, Kathy? Did the rancher make you perform fellatio? Did he sodomize you?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: No, he was a very decent man.

Gov. Cuomo: Don't you feel eyes moving over your body, Kathy?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: Governor, we don't have any more time for this now.

Gov. Cuomo: After your father's murder, you were orphaned.  You went to live with cousins on a sheep and horse ranch. And?

Lt. Gov. Hochul:  And one morning I just ran away.

Gov. Cuomo: Not 'just' Kathy. What set you off? You started at what time? Early. Still dark.  Then something woke you. Didn't it. Was it a dream? What was it?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: I heard a strange noise.

Gov. Cuomo: What was it?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: It was screaming. Some kind of screaming. Like a child's voice. I went downstairs. I krept up into the barn.  I was so scared to look inside. But I had to. 

Gov. Cuomo: What did you see, Kathy? What did you see?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: Lambs. They were screaming.

Gov. Cuomo:  They were slaughtering the spring lambs.

Lt. Gov. Hochul: And they were screaming.

Gov. Cuomo: And you ran away.

Lt. Gov. Hochul: No. I first tried to free them.  I opened the gate to their pen. But they wouldn't run. They just stood there. Confused.  They wouldn't run. 

Gov. Cuomo: But you could.  And you did. Didn't you?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: Yes. I took one lamb and I ran away as fast as I could.

Gov. Cuomo: Where were you going Kathy?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: I don't know. I didn't have any food. Any water. And it was very cold. I thought if I could save just one.  But he was so heavy.  I didn't get more than a few miles when the Sheriff's car picked me up.  The rancher was so angry. He sent me to live at an orphanage in Binghamton. I never saw the ranch again.

Gov. Cuomo: 
 What became of your lamb, Kathy?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: He killed him.

Gov. Cuomo: You still wake up sometimes. Don't you? Wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs?

Lt. Gov. Hochul: Yes.

Gov. Cuomo:  And, you think if you save poor Catherine you could make them stop. Don't you.  You think if Catherine lives you won't wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the lambs.

Lt. Gov. Hochul:  I don't know. I don't know.

Gov. Cuomo: Thank you, Kathy. Thank you.

Lt. Gov. Hochul:
Tell me his name, governor.  

Gov. Cuomo: Dr. Chilton, I presume. I think you know each other.

Lt. Gov. Hochul:  It's your turn, governor. Tell me his name.

Gov. Cuomo: Brave, Kathy. You will let me know when those lambs stop screaming. Won't you. 

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