Some time later, Norman Adler, a longtime union organizer and political consultant, got a call from Andrew for the first time since they acrimoniously parted after working together during Mario Cuomo's first gubernatorial campaign in 1982:
"He called me one morning," Adler explained. "He said, 'Don't you know who this is?' I said no. He said: 'You don't recognize my voice? You were my mentor.' I said no. He said: 'It's Andrew! Do you still hate me?'
"I think he was trying to get me into some sort of middle ground where I wouldn't spend the next year trying to savage him," Adler continued. "I said, 'Andrew, you're not important enough to hate for 20 years!'"
["Al Gore has told me twice that, you know, 'This guy is much better than you are,'" Mario Cuomo once remarked. "The second time I said, 'You know, Mr. Vice President, he's much better than you are, too.'"]