Andrew Cuomo Won't Talk About His Running For President In 2016. Everyone Else Will
Governor Andrew Cuomo won't talk about his seemingly inevitable run for the White House in 2016, but everyone else will.
"All I'm working on is being the best governor I can be," Cuomo told reporters yesterday when asked about a presidential run becoming a distraction."That's where I am. That is really, really where I am in my heart, and that's where I'm going to stay. I'm not going to allow myself to be pushed politically."
He went on to say "Once you starting saying, 'Let's talk political, my own politics, my own aspirations,' it can become not just distracting that it takes time, but it can become confusing and frustrating. And is this now a political agenda or a governmental agenda?"
Cuomo's comments came on the same day Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- while addressing the crowd at Time's "100 Most Influential People" gala at Lincoln Center -- joked "Welcome to my announcement to run for president of Malta."
Cuomo -- who, like Clinton, was named to Time's prestigious list -- also was at the dinner.
"I was delighted to see our wonderful governor Andrew Cuomo is on the Time 100 list, along with others, like Marco Rubio, and ... the two of them and I have ended up on some other lists this past couple of months."
Obviously, Clinton was referring to the short list of potential presidential candidates four years from now.
The comments have started the conversation: what would happen if Clinton and Cuomo both ran for president?
While we don't typically engage in pontification of hypothetical political showdowns, Politico reporter Maggie Haberman apparently spent a good chunk of her day yesterday writing a (lengthy) article speculating on what would happen if the New York Dems squared off in a Democratic primary for president -- calling the hypothetical contest a "civil war" between two of New York's biggest "political titans" (it should be pointed out that Clinton is only kinda from New York -- pouncing on an open Senate seat doesn't make someone a "New Yorker").
"I think he'll think twice about going against her," predicted Bill Lynch, a former deputy mayor under New York's first black mayor, David Dinkins, and a longtime ally of the Clintons. "He's still a young man and could wait around awhile. ... I think that she is very popular around the country right now. And I think all this stuff with women (and legislative battles related to abortion and other issues), it would up her popularity."
If Clinton were to run, she would have the edge with the New York elite who have comprised the donor base for both Clinton and Cuomo, Lynch insisted -- predicting the 2008 contender and former first lady would be able to handily lock up most of the fundraising support.
"Who knows how to raise money better than the Clintons?" Lynch said.
Few do -- but Cuomo is an agile fundraiser, and he's been amassing a donor base for years now -- many of whom might be less than inclined to anger a sitting governor.
See the full Politico story here -- and keep in mind: while it's fairly clear Cuomo plans to run for president, and Clinton might, the election is four years away -- and a lot can happen in four years (just ask Elliot Spitzer).
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