Politics: Hunting for Trouble

Hunting for Trouble

If New York Governor Mario Cuomo had only remembered Benjamin Disraeli's maxim "Never complain, never explain," he might have avoided some heavy fire from the National Rifle Association. In March, Cuomo offhandedly told a Los Angeles Times reporter that opposition to New York's new mandatory seat-belt law had mostly come from "N.R.A. hunters, who drink beer, don't vote and lie to their wives about where they were all weekend." When he saw his words in a Times story last month, the liberal Democratic Governor and possible presidential candidate realized that he had insulted a large, well-organized conservative lobby.

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