Last week, Politico published a long story about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Presidential hopes and the challenges he faces. We’ve covered this before but David Freedlander’s article adds to the drumbeat. A few tidbits:
- From the center: “Look at his career, look at his work in New York. He is laying out a model for what it means to be a 21st-century Democrat.” – Jonathan Cowan, a former Cuomo advisor and president and founder of the centrist group Third Way.
- From the left: “The worst of the worst. Andrew Cuomo is somehow the only politician in America who still thinks neoliberalism and triangulation work.” – Progressive activist and Bernie Sanders surrogate Nomiki Konst.
- That sums up his challenge, as Politico sees it: he needs to pacify Bernie Sanders supporters and convince them that winning is all that matters, even if that means sacrificing principles.
- Not mentioned: the fate of the subways or the swirl of corruption around New York state. (Both are topics that Cuomo or his allies have been polling voters about recently).
- “He would combine the worst qualities of Jeb Bush (being an dynastic insider) with Chris Christie (being unpopular and famous for an act of brazen corruption, in his own state). If Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Rahm Emanuel merged into a single person, would Politico declare that person a major contender for the 2020 nomination?” – Ben Mathis-Lilley at Slate.
- “Cuomo talks more and more like a president, or at least a candidate.” – Buffalo News headline. Jerry Zremski notes that his office issued 57 press releases about national politics so far this year. That compares to 33 by this time last year and just 9 releases from the first half of 2013.
- Cuomo spent the past weekend at a cocktail party with donors who gave as much as $25,000 each to have a drink with the Governor.
Bear in mind: Cuomo’s father, Mario, was infamously known as “Hamlet on the Hudson” for vacillating about whether to run. In 1992, he left a plane waiting for him at the airport when he decided, at the last minute, not to run for President. Andrew can’t announce that he’s running for President until he wins re-election but the chatter around it threatens to color everything he does.