Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn't seem like the kind of guy who shies away from a fight.
So we wonder why, in the face of a challenge from Texas Gov. Rick Perry to debate their respective states' economic policies, our governor would brush off the invitation.
Perry has been campaigning in New York this week to entice businesses into abandoning the Empire State in favor of the Lone Star State, touting Texas' low taxes, light regulation and nice weather.
Cuomo, meanwhile, has spent much of his three years in office selling New York's improved business climate, promoting our improving tax burden; the new Start-Up NY tax-free zones; new tax breaks for banks, manufacturers and corporations; our education system and quality workforce.
With all that going for us, Cuomo should jump at the chance to take on all comers who think they can steal business away, as the brash Texas governor is blatantly doing — on Cuomo's turf, no less.
Surely, our quick-witted, sharp-tongued governor would make mincemeat of a former door-to-door book salesman who once forgot part of his own platform during a presidential debate. Surely, he could argue quite convincingly that New York has far more to offer prospective businesses than low taxes and good seats for the Dallas Cowboys.
If New York is truly a superior destination for business, then why not put this buckaroo bully in his place and debate him?
If Cuomo is unwilling to defend the state's economic policies to another governor, how can he defend it to businesses?