NEW YORK — Andrew Cuomo, the elder son of former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, turned his back on the Democratic Party's state convention Wednesday and vowed to take his gubernatorial campaign to the streets.
Cuomo said he would circulate petitions to force a Sept. 10 gubernatorial primary against state Comptroller H. Carl McCall.
"I want to be the candidate placed on the ballot by the people, not the party," Cuomo told several hundred cheering supporters.
McCall supporters scoffed.
"He lost, so he cut and ran," party activist Sarah Kovner said.
A top Cuomo supporter, Steven Pigeon, said one reason to announce the move as the two-day convention opened was to steal the thunder from McCall, whose troops said he had more than 60% of the delegates' votes.
But Pigeon also said: "Primaries are won in the streets. Why not start your campaign in the street instead of in a smoky convention hall?"