Democrat Governor Cuomo Hires MSNBC Republican Susan Del Percio

March 12th, 2014 9:43 AM

The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has hired Republican strategist and MSNBC contributor Susan Del Percio as a “special advisor to the governor, focusing on operations and special projects.”

At first glance, it might seem odd that a Democratic governor would hire a GOP strategist, but given Del Percio’s track record on the Lean Forward network, it’s really not that surprising. Del Percio is a classic MSNBC Republican – moderate, generally in agreement with her more liberal colleagues, and often willing -- at times eagerly -- to attack the more conservative members of her own party.

It was only last Saturday when Del Percio maligned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for still daring to criticize ObamaCare. Back in December, she joined weekend anchor Alex Witt in scolding Republicans for being a “roadblock” to President Obama's agenda. Last month, she didn’t even try to defend Arizon’s proposed religious freedom bill, calling it “outright discrimination.”

So Del Percio, despite her party label, might actually be a good fit in Andrew Cuomo’s administration.