New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has responded with silence to political foes clamoring for prompt criminal investigation of his administration following a press report that it interfered with a special corruption commission.
Political observers call that a calculated reply, intended to let the criticism quickly pass while he comfortably leads Republican challenger Rob Astorino in polls.
Still unclear is how much New Yorkers have been paying attention, and whether he'll be dogged by ongoing questions about his influence over the commission he appointed to investigate the Albany's pay-for-play culture, and whether he kept it away from his own supporters.
Administration officials simply point to their 13-page answer to the New York Times report, published online by the newspaper along with the story.
Astorino's campaign says Friday Cuomo has "gone missing."